Spaceliner project


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schwinnman67

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jun 11, 2014
272
107
Aurora, CO, United States
#1
Picked up this Spaceliner a few weeks ago and the seller claimed that the lights worked. Pulled it apart and found a mess of home done soldering (light and horn didn't work). I ended up cutting down a very rusted tray and put in a plastic Radio Shack one and repaired the horn switch contacts. The tail light that was on the bike did work, but had been sandblasted. I had a good original, so I used it.

So here are pics of the lights...
2017-06-17d Sears Deluxe Spaceliner.jpg
2017-06-17c Sears Deluxe Spaceliner.jpg
2017-06-17b Sears Deluxe Spaceliner.jpg


2017-06-17a Sears Deluxe Spaceliner.jpg
 

bikemonkey

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Jun 25, 2016
750
906
66
North Carolina , Albemarle, NC, United States
#3
Sweet bike! Good job on the work around.
 

krateman

Look Ma, No Hands!
Feb 22, 2014
81
1
Louisville, United States
#5
I'm going to get one with the chrome frames. I think maybe a red tank. Not sure. Nice bike.
 

schwinnman67

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jun 11, 2014
272
107
Aurora, CO, United States
#7
Thanks everyone. The previous owner did a lot of work, but did a horrible job wiring the lights and horn. I thought about doing an led conversion, but wasn't sure how. Once I figured out what wires needed to go where, I wired it up. The original tray wasn't in bad shape, but it just wouldn't get the lights working. I had another tray laying around that was in bad shape, so I cut it down to just the mounting tab to the bezel and the reflector. I used a Radio Shack plastic battery tray and put a ground on the back of the reflector.

The tank and rack was painted by the previous owner, but he didn't paint the fork legs or the white sections on the rack. I might redo them later. I also have the repop seat decal to put on. I raided another Spaceliner I have that is missing the tank bezel (and in a litter rougher shape) for the an original seat (not in the pics).
Hope to post better pics soon..
 
Likes: Schwinn499
Jan 25, 2016
39
9
76
HENDERSON, NEVADA
#13
HEY HEY ..SPACELINER FANS.......I ALSO HAVE A 65, BUT IT NEEDS WORK TO RETURN TO PERFECT...THE HEADLIGHT WAS CRACKED AS THE SELLER STATED....WHAT WAS .....WAS A HANDFUL OF PLASTIC AT THE BOTTOM OF THE SHIPPING BOX....THERE WAS NO HORN TO SPEAK OF TO REPAIR........THAT SPRINGER ON THE FRONT IS ALMOST USLESS NO MATTER HOW YOU ADJUST OR LUBRICATE.....IT IS NOT A LIGHTWEIGHT BIKE...IT RIDES O.K. BUT I WOULD GLADLY HAVE ANOTHER SCHWINN IN TRADE THAT NEEDED WORK...OH AND THE CHROME...IS JUST SO SO QUALITY....
 

JCAB

On Training Wheels
Aug 16, 2017
1
0
54
Rosemont, IL, United States
#14
Gents, I'm a newby to the forum and got bitten by the the Bike Bug about a year ago. I picked up a 1963 or 1964 JC Higgins Flightliner that needs the headlight and tail light assembly. I've been watching Ebay and craiglsist with no luck. Could someone give me some pointers on where to buy, or who is selling one. Or if there is a reproduction out there.
 

partsguy

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
Aug 13, 2008
10,295
3,848
The Land of Oz
#15
Gents, I'm a newby to the forum and got bitten by the the Bike Bug about a year ago. I picked up a 1963 or 1964 JC Higgins Flightliner that needs the headlight and tail light assembly. I've been watching Ebay and craiglsist with no luck. Could someone give me some pointers on where to buy, or who is selling one. Or if there is a reproduction out there.
Reproduction lenses are available, but the tail light assembly is scarce. It was made by Delta. The Huffy Silver Jet and Murray Spaceliner bikes used the same tail light and battery tray assembly. For the headlight, just keep searching for Sears, JC Higgins, or Murray tank lights. They are out there, but tough to find. Keep in made that headlights for girls and boys bikes are different.
 

schwinnman67

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jun 11, 2014
272
107
Aurora, CO, United States
#16
I got the tail light that is on the Spaceliner on Ebay a month or so before I got it, been looking for the tank bezel for another Spaceliner for over a year. Like partsguy said the lenses are being reproduced, but not the bezels (wonder what it would cost to get some made).
 

Bike Mike

Look Ma, No Hands!
Sep 26, 2017
90
257
55
Fullerton, CA, United States
#17
Thanks everyone. The previous owner did a lot of work, but did a horrible job wiring the lights and horn. I thought about doing an led conversion, but wasn't sure how. Once I figured out what wires needed to go where, I wired it up. The original tray wasn't in bad shape, but it just wouldn't get the lights working. I had another tray laying around that was in bad shape, so I cut it down to just the mounting tab to the bezel and the reflector. I used a Radio Shack plastic battery tray and put a ground on the back of the reflector.

The tank and rack was painted by the previous owner, but he didn't paint the fork legs or the white sections on the rack. I might redo them later. I also have the repop seat decal to put on. I raided another Spaceliner I have that is missing the tank bezel (and in a litter rougher shape) for the an original seat (not in the pics).
Hope to post better pics soon..
Did these 64-65 Spaceliners come with an actual rear light or just a non- functioning red plastic lense?
 

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