The Ultimate Sears Spaceliner Reference


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Rivnut

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Nov 24, 2012
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Shawnee, United States
It's an early 60's (61-63ish?) ladies Flightliner., model 4617. The tires look original, so check the stamped tire code for the year and quarter of manufacture (I explain how in the first post of this thread, in the section titled "The Bikes").
The blackwall tire in the front is a "Cyclerama" and the whitewall on the back is a Goodyear. Both are terribly cracked and dry rotted. Had a hard time reading the tire info through the cracks. As i was looking atvthe front tire, I found a broken spoke wrapped around the axle and another one wobbling from the nipple. This may be a loooooooooooooooooong uphill battle. Rusty chrome, bent braces, relace the wheels, etc. besides all of the reflective tape that seems to be everywhere.
 

CURTIS L LINDGREN

Finally riding a big boys bike
Dec 19, 2017
415
772
62
Bothell, WA, United States
Sometimes ya just gotta fight the good fight. This is one I had to take apart to really get to the meat of things. Lots of effort cleaning. but , with only a few new/ used parts ...............ended up with a nice example of a Strato Flyer. Sorry not a Spaceliner (But Close ).....................just using this as a sample to show they CAN be cleaned up . The Space weight bikes seem to be getting more attention lately..............might not be bad to give it a little TLC By the way I brought a 64 Spaceliner back to life the same way....................that is buried at the moment or I might have used the "Correct" sample bike ! Ride Safe ! :flushed:

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BrentP

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jun 26, 2010
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Calgary, Canada via Marin Co. CA
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The blackwall tire in the front is a "Cyclerama" and the whitewall on the back is a Goodyear. Both are terribly cracked and dry rotted. Had a hard time reading the tire info through the cracks. As i was looking atvthe front tire, I found a broken spoke wrapped around the axle and another one wobbling from the nipple. This may be a loooooooooooooooooong uphill battle. Rusty chrome, bent braces, relace the wheels, etc. besides all of the reflective tape that seems to be everywhere.
Too bad. I assumed the rear tire was an original Allstate. If it's not, the date coding I mentioned won't apply.
 

BrentP

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jun 26, 2010
357
122
Calgary, Canada via Marin Co. CA
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Sometimes ya just gotta fight the good fight. This is one I had to take apart to really get to the meat of things. Lots of effort cleaning. but , with only a few new/ used parts ...............ended up with a nice example of a Strato Flyer. Sorry not a Spaceliner (But Close ).....................just using this as a sample to show they CAN be cleaned up . The Space weight bikes seem to be getting more attention lately..............might not be bad to give it a little TLC By the way I brought a 64 Spaceliner back to life the same way....................that is buried at the moment or I might have used the "Correct" sample bike ! Ride Safe ! :flushed:
Nicely done!
 

razinhellcustomz

Finally riding a big boys bike
May 28, 2018
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kiel wisconsin
I might have a white Troxel seat that would work, but needs recovered. The two clamps i'm referring to are on the lower chain stays. Good luck. Razin.
 

Rivnut

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Nov 24, 2012
748
350
Shawnee, United States
I'm going to leave this bike in the main garage and continue to work on the others in the lower level garage (in order of acquisition) and dwell on whether I want to even get into the Fliteliner. I've got two bikes media blasted waiting on weather that will allow me to paint, then there are four others (one that I wanted and had to take the Fliteliner to get) that will take a little less effort to finish. In the meantime, it will be in the back of my mind or anytime I open the 3rd garage to work on the Riviera.

Raizinhellcustom, what is involved in recovering a seat; I've never attempted it. Most of my older Schwinns have that rubber seat cover that's either good or gets thrown out.
 

Rivnut

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Nov 24, 2012
748
350
Shawnee, United States
Well, I didn't dwell too long. I got on FB Marketplace to contract the guy from whom I
purchased the chrome ladies' Flightliner and BAM this popped up. So now I have a similar mens' bike.
Serial number MOD 502 46900Y 292034. Can't figure out why this picture attaches upside down.
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Any information will be appreciated.

Thanks,
Ed
 

BrentP

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jun 26, 2010
357
122
Calgary, Canada via Marin Co. CA
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Well, I didn't dwell too long. I got on FB Marketplace to contract the guy from whom I
purchased the chrome ladies' Flightliner and BAM this popped up. So now I have a similar mens' bike.
Serial number MOD 502 46900Y 292034. Can't figure out why this picture attaches upside down.
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Any information will be appreciated.

Thanks,
Ed
That model (4690) was from the first year of Flightliner manufacture, and can be found in the 1959 Sears Catalog. The relevant description from the catalog is the following.

26" (wheel size) Boys' J.C. Higgins 'Fully Equipped' Flightliner
Boys' models are red with dual headlights in the tank. Boys' have push-button horn in the tank (girls models had a bell on the handlebars). White tank and trim with deluxe reflector bow pedals and regular coaster brake. Springer fork with truss bars. The seat was black with silver edging and a chrome crash rail. American made. 1.75" mid-weight, white sidewall tires. It sold for $60.45

The pedals and handlebar grips on yours are non-original, and the white trim on the chain guard has been painted over with red.
 

Rivnut

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Nov 24, 2012
748
350
Shawnee, United States
That model (4690) was from the first year of Flightliner manufacture, and can be found in the 1959 Sears Catalog. The relevant description from the catalog is the following.

26" (wheel size) Boys' J.C. Higgins 'Fully Equipped' Flightliner
Boys' models are red with dual headlights in the tank. Boys' have push-button horn in the tank (girls models had a bell on the handlebars). White tank and trim with deluxe reflector bow pedals and regular coaster brake. Springer fork with truss bars. The seat was black with silver edging and a chrome crash rail. American made. 1.75" mid-weight, white sidewall tires. It sold for $60.45

The pedals and handlebar grips on yours are non-original, and the white trim on the chain guard has been painted over with red.
Thanks, now to find a correct tank and pedals.
 

Slick4d4d

Look Ma, No Hands!
Sep 11, 2017
50
114
33
Freeport NY
Just picked this up and was told it is a sears spaceliner and I can belive it but when I looked through the reference info provided I didn't see my model number which is Mod. 502 46160. I would like to try to figure out what I need to make this bike whole again so any information you can provide would be great.

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BrentP

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jun 26, 2010
357
122
Calgary, Canada via Marin Co. CA
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Just picked this up and was told it is a sears spaceliner and I can belive it but when I looked through the reference info provided I didn't see my model number which is Mod. 502 46160. I would like to try to figure out what I need to make this bike whole again so any information you can provide would be great.
Not a Spaceliner. The serial number is for a 1961 Flightliner. The seat, pedals and grips are non-original, as is the remnant of a light on the front fender. The chrome chain guard is also an aftermarket add-on (part 5299 from Sears for $0.97).

Here's a link to get you started on your restoration. Good luck.
http://www.nostalgic.net/1961-j-c-higgins-flightliner
 
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Slick4d4d

Look Ma, No Hands!
Sep 11, 2017
50
114
33
Freeport NY
The seat, pedals and grips are non-original, as is the remnant of a light on the front fender. The chrome chain guard is also an aftermarket add-on (part 5299 from Sears for $0.97).
Thanks for the info, now I have to decide what to do with it. I like Spaceliner tank better and may just try to find one and go with that on it, if it fits, and a few other custom touches. but for now I'll work to get it rideable and enjoy it.
 

Rivnut

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Nov 24, 2012
748
350
Shawnee, United States
In '61, the bikes were labeled JC Higgins; the Sears name was started in 1964. All bikes built for Sears by Murray had the code MOD 502 stamped into them.
 

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