Spaceliner project

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  1. #1 Posted Jun 17, 2017

    Finally riding a big boys bike

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    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
     
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  2. #2 Posted Jun 19, 2017

    'Lil Knee Scuffer

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    Have that problem with a few of mine.
     
  3. #3 Posted Jun 20, 2017

    Finally riding a big boys bike

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    Sweet bike! Good job on the work around.
     
  4. #4 Posted Jun 20, 2017

    Finally riding a big boys bike

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    Nicely done. Did you upgrade to LED bulbs?
     
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  5. #5 Posted Jun 21, 2017

    Look Ma, No Hands!

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    I'm going to get one with the chrome frames. I think maybe a red tank. Not sure. Nice bike.
     
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    'Lil Knee Scuffer

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    I need to know how to do this for my tank light. Is their a how to video somewhere?
     
  7. #7 Posted Jun 21, 2017

    Finally riding a big boys bike

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    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..
     
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  8. #8 Posted Jun 22, 2017

    Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe

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    Though a different bike, but it works the same, I have a guide on here for wiring a Huffy Silver Jet. That bike also has dual headlights and horn.
     
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  9. #9 Posted Jun 22, 2017

    'Lil Knee Scuffer

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    I would like to see that parts guy.
     
  10. #10 Posted Jun 22, 2017

    Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe

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    'Lil Knee Scuffer

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  12. #12 Posted Jun 23, 2017

    Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe

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  13. #13 Posted Jul 1, 2017

    Look Ma, No Hands!

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    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....
     
  14. #14 Posted Aug 16, 2017

    On Training Wheels

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    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.
     
  15. #15 Posted Aug 16, 2017

    Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe

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    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.
     
  16. #16 Posted Aug 17, 2017

    Finally riding a big boys bike

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    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).
     
  17. #17 Posted Oct 3, 2017

    Look Ma, No Hands!

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    Did these 64-65 Spaceliners come with an actual rear light or just a non- functioning red plastic lense?
     
  18. #18 Posted Oct 9, 2017

    Finally riding a big boys bike

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    The Deluxe models came with a working tail light.
     
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