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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Wow, this is some great information, and I found more than I ever expected! My Spaceliner is stamped as a model 46980, with the struts, but it has a taillight on the rack, as I bought it back in 1993. The red paint on the rack matches and looks consistent with the tank, and I have no reason to believe it wasn't sold this way originally, except this exact configuration isn't in your list. Maybe minor upgrades like this were possible from some dealers, who knows.
Soooo, I clicked on your link for the model 46940 since there is no link for the 46980, and was totally surprised to find a photo of MY BIKE, taken on my driveway! You must have grabbed it from my website.
Anyway, the bike has a Bendix 2-speed kick-back hub like a 46980 should, and if you look real close you can see the little on/off switch under the luggage rack light. I didn't have a lens in the tail light when the photo was taken, but recently bought a repro lens on eBay and it fit right in there.
You might want to change the link to be a photo of the 46980 since that is what it is.
Hi Greg. I'm going to leave the photo link as is because it's extremely difficult to find photos of the 46940, 46980, 46960 family, and yours is the best I was able to scour from the net. You'll notice that most 'families' of Spaceliner models came in three configurations (1-speed, 2-speed, junior 24") and I only created photo links for the first model in the family but actually captioned the photos as being representative of all three models due to the minor differences between them (rear hub or frame size). The point was to post reference photos that would allow someone to see what the bikes of a certain model family should look like. In the case of yours, a previous owner swapped the rear rack at some point for the deluxe rack with tail light before you bought it, but because the photo isn't a rear-view and it's not noticeable I didn't draw attention to it (but now that you have mentioned it, maybe I should photoshop out the switch to avoid confusion for those with 'eagle eyes'). If you read the catalog ad that shows up in the photo link, you'll see that your model did not come with the rear light. In any case, with the exception of the battery switch being noticeable if you're looking for it, yours is a perfect representation of the 46940, 46980, 46960 family.

EDIT: I took my own advice and Photoshopped out the edge of the battery box and switch to avoid confusion due to the non-standard part. Your bike is now perfectly representative of the the 46940, 46980, 46960 model family. Thanks for drawing it to my attention.
 
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gifarmer

Look Ma, No Hands!
Oct 11, 2010
66
Mpls, MN
OK, that sounds good. To be exactly correct, I wonder if the two screws heads on top of the rack should be photoshopped out, since they are there to hold the light unit in the rack. Or were they also there on racks without the light?
 

BrentP

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jun 26, 2010
371
Calgary, Canada via Marin Co. CA
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OK, that sounds good. To be exactly correct, I wonder if the two screws heads on top of the rack should be photoshopped out, since they are there to hold the light unit in the rack. Or were they also there on racks without the light?
Good point. I just fixed that too.

BTW, I just added the catalog scan for the 1964-65 Deluxe (Model 46901) so you can compare it to the catalog scan for your model. You'll notice the tail light is described in the Deluxe ad but is missing in yours.
 
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Jmpierce

On Training Wheels
Feb 21, 2014
2
St Louis, Missouri
Spaceliner?

I just purchase a bike that I believe is a Sears Spaceliner. It has all the characteristics of a spaceliner but the serial number is different from what is listed.
502 284093.

I'm including a picture of it so you can see what I have.

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I've been looking for one of these for years and I'm really happy with it but a little confused about the difference in serial numbers.

Any thoughts?

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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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I just purchase a bike that I believe is a Sears Spaceliner. It has all the characteristics of a spaceliner but the serial number is different from what is listed.
502 284093.

I've been looking for one of these for years and I'm really happy with it but a little confused about the difference in serial numbers.

Any thoughts?
Post the entire serial number (it will be 15 digits). Sometimes the stamped digits are broken into three segments of 3-6-6 digits, (but not always) and depending on where they are positioned part of the number might be hidden under the hub axle-bolt washer. The five digits immediately following 502 are the model code, and there should be seven more digits after that (the final six digits are the specific serial number identifier for your bike). What it appears to me that you've posted is the 502 Sears identification code and the last six digits of the serial number, but not the model code. In any case, what you have is either a Model 46901 (if it's a 26" single-speed hub), a Model 46921 (if it's a 26" two-speed hub), or a Model 46961 (if it's a 24" boys model).
 
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jd56

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Mar 26, 2011
6,871
63
Norfolk Va / Va. Beach va.
I just purchase a bike that I believe is a Sears Spaceliner. It has all the characteristics of a spaceliner but the serial number is different from what is listed.
502 284093.

I'm including a picture of it so you can see what I have.

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I've been looking for one of these for years and I'm really happy with it but a little confused about the difference in serial numbers.

Any thoughts?
Interesting looking dash panel...can you post a clearer picture showing the switches?
From the picture posted it looks more squared off then I've seen before....but, it could be just my bad eyes and blurry pic.

And hey to you Brent...long time no hear buddy.

Sent from my DROID RAZR using Tapatalk 2
 

tailhole

I live for the CABE
Dec 26, 2010
1,247
Lakewood, CO
Here is a similar dash, but unfortunately I didn't get a close up of it. These are from a group ride a couple of weeks ago. I'm sure I'll see it again at next month's ride and will photograph it. Owner says its for sale for $300 if anyone is interested.
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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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Interesting looking dash panel...can you post a clearer picture showing the switches?
From the picture posted it looks more squared off then I've seen before....but, it could be just my bad eyes and blurry pic.

And hey to you Brent...long time no hear buddy.
Hey John... must be your eyes. LOL

Not that I should talk after getting up bleary eyed at 3:30 this morning to watch the gold medal hockey game. Bars here in Alberta were given permission to open and serve alcohol at 4:30am this morning due to the game. You have to love it when the government steps in and relaxes the rules so people can catch a game at their favorite sports bar. I'm going to try to catch some nap time now.

Here's a closeup sideview of a 64-65 Spaceliner cowling and controls. Everything looks correct on his, except for the missing lens (not to mention a few other missing parts).

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jd56

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Mar 26, 2011
6,871
63
Norfolk Va / Va. Beach va.
Blurry eyes

I guess the picture just threw me. Just thought it looked more squared edged than I thought it should be.
Thanks Brent.

Missed the Gold game and saw the end of the Bronze. Disappointing for the USA team.
But the ladies got SILVER!!
 

MaxGlide

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Aug 7, 2009
843
59
Vancouver, Canada
Does anyone know if the rear rack and tank with horn and light on a 24" "7 tank" Spaceliner would fit at the same model but in a 26" bike?
 

jd56

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Mar 26, 2011
6,871
63
Norfolk Va / Va. Beach va.
Does anyone know if the rear rack and tank with horn and light on a 24" "7 tank" Spaceliner would fit at the same model but in a 26" bike?

Pretty sure the rear rack stays are shorter on the 24".
Because the 24" frames are obviously shorter or not as tall, I'm guessing the length of the tank would be shorter as well. Not ever having one or both to compare the sizes I can't swear to the tank compatibility for swapping.
 

MaxGlide

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Aug 7, 2009
843
59
Vancouver, Canada
Sorta what I surmised as well...... thanks Jd56
 

mickeyc

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Jul 21, 2013
3,016
Rochester Hills, MI
Battery box photo

Any possibility that someone can provide a photo of the battery holder for a '64 - '65 men's straight bar? I have mine out and apart, but not sure if I have all of the parts. There doesn't seem to be a piece to hold the left battery in place, but doesn't appear broken either. Here' pictures of mine....
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Any help appreciated.

Mike

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HIGGINSFOREVER

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Nov 23, 2008
3,248
79
Cape May N.J. area
Hey Mike Yes the piece that holds the batteries in the back is missing half.
 

mickeyc

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Jul 21, 2013
3,016
Rochester Hills, MI
Bummer....but thanks Gene. After I get it cleaned up I'll have to figure a way to hold that battery in place. Do the batteries go front to front or front to back?

Mike
 

gifarmer

Look Ma, No Hands!
Oct 11, 2010
66
Mpls, MN
Since the battery holder part of this is basically beyond repair, the best possibility might be to bring it somewhere like Radio Shack and see if they have a new plastic 2-cell battery holder that will fit within your unit. Then you can wire the new battery holder to your switch and light, and it will operate.
 

HIGGINSFOREVER

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Nov 23, 2008
3,248
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Cape May N.J. area
Bummer....but thanks Gene. After I get it cleaned up I'll have to figure a way to hold that battery in place. Do the batteries go front to front or front to back?

Mike
On a two bulb setup the plus ends go against the bulbs on both sides
 

jd56

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Mar 26, 2011
6,871
63
Norfolk Va / Va. Beach va.
Battery tray wiring

This is a picture of one of my Murray built Astro Flite's battery tray that should be the same as the Spaceliner. The rear tray retainer spring loaded clip holds the battery in place and acts as the ground on the ground end of the tandem mounted batteries.

 
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mickeyc

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Jul 21, 2013
3,016
Rochester Hills, MI
Why the rubber sleeve on the part that holds the rear of the left battery? Wouldn't that keep it from grounding? Just showing my ignorance here.

Mike
 
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