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Schwinn T-Roy BC 669

'Lil Knee Scuffer
Dec 7, 2015
22
32
Portland, Oregon.
#5
What's the story on the Clunker 5 how many were sold and when was the first Spitfire 5 dated. Mine
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has 0819 stamp on head badge and looks like new stickers were added but everything else looks great, I think Finders were sold Originally on this bike???
amazing find in CL for what I paid $$.

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Tony M

Look Ma, No Hands!
Mar 8, 2014
60
204
Sylmar, United States
#6
What's the story on the Clunker 5 how many were sold and when was the first Spitfire 5 dated. Mine View attachment 420700 View attachment 420701 has 0819 stamp on head badge and looks like new stickers were added but everything else looks great, I think Finders were sold Originally on this bike???
amazing find in CL for what I paid $$.

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That's a good question ..I hope someone can elaborate on it
 
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GTs58

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Sep 2, 2012
8,448
5,989
Central Arizona
#7
What's the story on the Clunker 5 how many were sold and when was the first Spitfire 5 dated. Mine has 0819 stamp on head badge and looks like new stickers were added but everything else looks great, I think Finders were sold Originally on this bike???
amazing find in CL for what I paid $$.

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None of the bikes named in the title heading came with fenders from the factory but I'm sure many buyers had them installed at the dealers.
My Cruiser 5 was a $150 CL find with no pictures in the ad.

All the Spitfire 5's that I've seen had a 1979 serial and build date on the badge, but there's only a few thousand that I haven't seen yet. ;)
What's the serial number on yours? I have a Black Spitfire 5 that has a three month gap between the SN date and head badge date.
 

vincev

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
Nov 2, 2008
11,581
7,357
crown point<indiana
#8
From what I remember the Klunker name was only a few months then Schwinn was sued because another company had that name so Schwinn dropped the name instead of fighting a lawsuit.The Cruiser and Spitfire followed the Klunker
 
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Schwinn T-Roy BC 669

'Lil Knee Scuffer
Dec 7, 2015
22
32
Portland, Oregon.
#9
I read somewhere that the Mt.bike magazine Klunker in California started by riders who used to make downhill bikes out of Schwinn frames with modified parts BMX bars ,seats etc. For the Schwinn frames were always the strongest.
They had the name first like when Columbia's Play Boy bike came in the 60's that had a very short life Hugh Hefner threaten to sue them for the same thing
As for date codes on my bike I haven't looked them up but KP on frame and 0829 on badge pics on badge is hard to see.
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Oilit

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Dec 30, 2015
515
343
Concord NC
#11
What's the story on the Clunker 5 how many were sold and when was the first Spitfire 5 dated. Mine View attachment 420700 View attachment 420701 has 0819 stamp on head badge and looks like new stickers were added but everything else looks great, I think Finders were sold Originally on this bike???
amazing find in CL for what I paid $$.

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I don't believe they were stock, but yours and some others look factory. I'm guessing they were an option, probably from the dealer.
 

PCHiggin

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Jan 22, 2008
3,168
915
Ryderwood, United States
#12
What's the story on the Clunker 5 how many were sold and when was the first Spitfire 5 dated. Mine View attachment 420700 View attachment 420701 has 0819 stamp on head badge and looks like new stickers were added but everything else looks great, I think Finders were sold Originally on this bike???
amazing find in CL for what I paid $$.

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I had a black Klunker and a red Spitfire 5.Both had fenders but were aftermarket,dealer installed.I've seen a few Schwinn Cruisers (generically speaking) from that era with Schwinn fenders,they must have offered them sometime.This one certainly has them.
 
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GTs58

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Sep 2, 2012
8,448
5,989
Central Arizona
#16
Nice Klunker Tony. When I was refurbing my Black Spitfire 5 I finally convinced Dan, bicyclebones, to reproduce those top bar decals. Mine vanished and at that time I was about to install some of the old 50's style feather script decals like the 80-82 Cruisers.
 
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Tony M

Look Ma, No Hands!
Mar 8, 2014
60
204
Sylmar, United States
#18
Nice Klunker Tony. When I was refurbing my Black Spitfire 5 I finally convinced Dan, bicyclebones, to reproduce those top bar decals. Mine vanished and at that time I was about to install some of the old 50's style feather script decals like the 80-82 Cruisers.
Thanks GTs58! I wasn't quite sure if it was a decal or silkscreen
 
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