The Ultimate Sears Spaceliner Reference

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BrentP

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jun 26, 2010
371
Calgary, Canada via Marin Co. CA
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Great read! I found this site and this post after picking up this bike at a local second hand store. Most of it looked stock and thought I had picked up a Spaceliner based off the chain guard until i read through this post. Kind of weird that this is a mix of a couple bikes or at least the chain guard on this Murray variant. Trying to figure out what exactly I have with a serial number that seems different. The way I read it is M08 54X25634198. Anyway, thought I would throw this out there to see what you guys/gals think. My specialty is old bmx bikes so this is a new to me. Thanks.


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It's not uncommon for non-original (and wrong) parts to be swapped onto a vintage bike. In many cases a previous owner may have bought the bike with parts missing, and simply replaced them with what he could get his hands on. It looks as though, in addition to the chain guard being wrong, so is the rear rack and front fender (possibly rear fender as well).

Here's what a Foremost should look like.

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schwinnman67

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jun 11, 2014
291
Aurora, CO, United States
I had a Foremost back in the early 80's, traded it for a Typhoon. Been looking for it here in Denver (hopefully it's around somewhere).
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Bike Mike

Finally riding a big boys bike
Sep 26, 2017
100
56
Fullerton, CA, United States
Would sure like to buy a nice headlight bezel or whatever you call that faded part
I forgot to post them but I put NASA valve stem caps on since this was space inspired and I'm fortunate to work with NASA parts
 

BrentP

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jun 26, 2010
371
Calgary, Canada via Marin Co. CA
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Would sure like to buy a nice headlight bezel or whatever you call that faded part
Nice bike. Call around to a few auto body shops and see if they can recommend a local company that can chrome plastic parts. Some body shops have the equipment, but if not they might be able to make a recommendation.
 
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Rivnut

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Nov 24, 2012
995
Shawnee, United States
Google "Hydro-chroming" and see who does it in your area.
 
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CURTIS L LINDGREN

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Dec 19, 2017
795
60
Pacific Northwest , United States
That Is one Damn Nice Spaceliner ! I don't know that I've seen a better example. That's really a great bike. Mine just doesn't compare. ( But , I'm glad I got one ) Just got a plate to put on the back . ( Ebay...........just got it today ) Here's a pic of the bike , and the plate . Keep That bike safe ! o_O

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Bike Mike

Finally riding a big boys bike
Sep 26, 2017
100
56
Fullerton, CA, United States
That Is one Damn Nice Spaceliner ! I don't know that I've seen a better example. That's really a great bike. Mine just doesn't compare. ( But , I'm glad I got one ) Just got a plate to put on the back . ( Ebay...........just got it today ) Here's a pic of the bike , and the plate . Keep That bike safe ! o_O

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rickpaulos

'Lil Knee Scuffer
May 5, 2011
14
RANGER!

his/hers pair in decent shape. the mens is chrome and the chrome is in very good condition for these bikes. Most bits still there. Seat was broken on the one. Missing tail light, crank cap, sub'ed pedals. The ladies is missing the rack tail reflectors and has a replacement rear fender reflector. missing a switch. Tanks not yet opened for inspection. Norridge (chicagoland) bike license on the mens. Bought as a pair new in 1965ish. Both serial numbers start with MOW (Murray of what?) The owner did not remember the store they were purchased. Anyone know?

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Ranger (1)

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Ranger (2)

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Ranger (3)

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Ranger (4)

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Ranger (5)

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Ranger (6)

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Ranger (7)

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Ranger (8)

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Ranger (9)

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Ranger (10)

Ladies bike

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Ranger (11)

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Ranger (12)

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Ranger (13)

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Ranger (14)

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Ranger (15)

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Ranger (16)
 

Roger Henning

Finally riding a big boys bike
Dec 2, 2018
247
70
Sharon Wisconsin
The W I think meant Western Auto just as some Sears bikes made by Murray were MOS. Roger
 

BrentP

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jun 26, 2010
371
Calgary, Canada via Marin Co. CA
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The W I think meant Western Auto just as some Sears bikes made by Murray were MOS. Roger
The third letter refers to the date of manufacture. If you search the forum you can find a reference for Murray date codes. "W" is the code for 1963. MOS is the code for 1960. The code for Sears bikes in the 60's was 502.
 
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rickpaulos

'Lil Knee Scuffer
May 5, 2011
14
I recorded the full serial numbers for the 2 Rangers posted above:
MOW 74X15 520472 (mens chrome 26" 1 speed)
MOW 51X15 397509 (ladies white 26" 1 speed)
I did a bit of www searching for Ranger bicycles. Meade Ranger bikes sure make it difficult to isolate. I tried Western Auto, Western Flyer and Montgomery Wards with Ranger and found nothing on these Spaceliner clones. I do own a Ranger 3 speed but that is an English built bike and has quite different decals. Another example of many different makers using the same name. Nothing found while searching for "Murray Ranger" either. There are no "Murray" labels on the bike.
 

razinhellcustomz

I live for the CABE
May 28, 2018
1,089
59
kiel wisconsin
Diggin my new to me lunchbox. Had to clean it up to go with the bike

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Really nice bike. Mike, would you happen to have a tank for one of these? I bought one off fee bay and it turns out to be for a girls bike I need one for a guys bike that i'm redoing. Thanks and Ride On. Razin.
 
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