The Ultimate Sears Spaceliner Reference


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Bike Mike

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1964 Space Age SEARS SPACELINER Deluxe with lacquer clear coat removed using Rust-oleum Aircraft Stripper gel (for autos) and working lights and horn! BeEp! bEeP!
In the future, bicycles will look like SPACELINER.

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Thank you for your post. Actually seeing the lights work is amazing. I just purchased a bike and it's enroute with bike flight so I'm just learning more about the bike by these posts. Pardon me for asking but does the actual back tail light work as a 1964 option or did you add that? I really look forward to your post
 

BrentP

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I know its been a couple of years but i just purchased a single-speed hub. Is it a simple swap? And does the two-speed hub make a difference? Look forward to hearing back from you.

Mike
Fullerton
It's a simple swap. The red banded two-speed hub gives you a lower (0.67) ratio to make it easier to climb hills.
 

BrentP

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Thank you for your post. Actually seeing the lights work is amazing. I just purchased a bike and it's enroute with bike flight so I'm just learning more about the bike by these posts. Pardon me for asking but does the actual back tail light work as a 1964 option or did you add that? I really look forward to your post
The Deluxe model was equipped with a working tail light for all model years. If you review the Spaceliner reference guide on page 1 of this thread, you will find the detailed specs for each Spaceliner model.
 

burrolalb

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After a year long research exercise, I have compiled reference information for the 44 versions (models) of the Sears Spaceliner. If anyone has better photos for a specific model please contact me and I will add them to this reference. Also, if I have used reference images of your own bike, please let me know so I can give you a photo credit.


PRODUCTION NOTES

Spaceliners were designed by renowned industrial designer, Victor Schrekendost, and produced for model years 1964-68 (5 years), by Murray for Sears (debuted in the Fall/Winter catalog in late 1963). It was introduced as the new top middle-weight model when Sears discontinued production of the Flightliner at the end of 1963. Prior to this time, bikes sold by Sears were branded J.C. Higgins, but beginning in 1964 (the year of the first Spaceliner) branding of all bikes was changed to Sears. In 1964 and 1965 they had a straight-tank design which was phased out at the end of 1965 (with the exception of the painted frame models) when the 'Forward Thrust' (7-style tank) design was introduced for the 1966-68 model years (debuted in the Fall/Winter catalog in late 1965).

The chrome frame Spaceliners can be grouped into three tiers (referred to here as Deluxe, Standard, and Base). Sears also produced painted-frame Spaceliners in addition to their chrome models. The top tier, fully-optioned chrome bikes, are referred to here as 'Deluxe'. The 'Standard' and 'Base' tier chrome bikes are considered mid-range (fewer features), while the painted bikes are the entry-level models. Most of the full-size bikes were also available with an optional 2-speed, kick-back Bendix rear hub, and were assigned a different model number if they came with this feature.

The painted straight-tank models were the only models produced for all 5 years of Spaceliner production (the chrome, straight-tank models were phased out in late 1965). When the 7-style tank (Forward Thrust) models were introduced for the 1966-68 model years, a painted 7-style tank version was added to the line-up which gave both straight & 7-style tank choices for the painted frame models during those 3 years from 1966-68.

Bikes came in larger Men's/Women's size (26" wheels and full size frames) or Boy's/Girl's size (24" wheels and smaller frames), but Sears referred to all sizes as either Boy's or Girl's in their catalogs and used the model number to distinguish between sizes.

Depending on model and year, prices ranged between about $39 for a painted model to $65 for a top-tier Deluxe model.


THE BIKES

Serial numbers are found on the rear wheel drop outs. The first three serial number digits (502) are Murray's identification code for Sears. Digits 4-8 of the bike serial number indicate the model number. The final digits are the unique frame identification number. Nothing in the serial number indicates the manufacture date or year of the bike, but if the original Sears Allstate tires are intact there will be a date code on the tire that will give an approximation of when the bike was manufactured (not exact because there is no way of knowing the lag time between tire manufacture and bike manufacture). You can learn how to date Sears Allstate tires HERE.

In most cases, bikes are grouped into families in the table below (i.e. Deluxe family, Standard family, Base family). Each 'family' usually contains three different models that are identical except for size (26" or 24") and whether or not the 26" version has a 2-speed hub option (such details are noted in the table descriptions). Highlighted model numbers in the table are linked to external reference photos (although the images might be of a single specific model, they are representative of ALL three models within each Deluxe, Standard or Base family). Clicking on the highlighted model numbers will open up a browser window with photos, and in some cases Sears catalog scans, for the appropriate models. There are also additional descriptive details added to the photo pages.


CHROME 'STRAIGHT-TANK' MODELS (1964 & 1965 Model Years)

NOTE: To save space, unless otherwise noted all CHROME frame models were equipped with head lights, tear-drop double reflectors on the rear fender, chrome chain ring caps, seat crash bars and painted rear racks. These specifications are common to all chrome frame models and therefore aren't noted below unless modified for a particular model, in which case the modification is noted.

Men's / Boy's
46901 (1964-65, 26", Deluxe chrome, Men's, 1-speed, springer fork, tail light, horn)
46921 (1964-65, 26", Deluxe chrome, Men's, 2-speed, springer fork, tail light, horn)
46961 (1964-65, 24", Deluxe chrome, Boy's, 1-speed, springer fork, tail light, horn)
46940 (1964-65, 26", Standard chrome, Men's, 1-speed, front truss bars but no springer fork, 2 rack reflectors instead of tail light, horn)
46980 (1964-65, 26", Standard chrome, Men's, 2-speed, front truss bars but no springer fork, 2 rack reflectors instead of tail light, horn)
46960 (1964-65, 24", Standard chrome, Boy's, 1-speed, front truss bars but no springer fork, 2 rack reflectors instead of tail light, horn)
46306 (1964-65, 26", Base chrome, Men's, 1-speed, no truss bars & no springer fork, no tail light or rack reflectors, no crash bar, no chain ring cap, 1 round fender reflector)

Women's / Girl's
46911 (1964-65, 26", Deluxe chrome, Woman's, 1-speed, springer fork, tail light, horn)
46931 (1964-65, 26", Deluxe chrome, Woman's, 2-speed, springer fork, tail light, horn)
46971 (1964-65, 24", Deluxe chrome, Girl's, 1-speed, springer fork, tail light, horn)
46950 (1964-65, 26", Standard chrome, Women's, 1-speed, front truss bars but no springer fork, 2 rack reflectors instead of tail light, horn)
46990 (1964-65, 26", Standard chrome, Women's, 2-speed, front truss bars but no springer fork, 2 rack reflectors instead of tail light, horn)
46970 (1964-65, 24", Standard chrome, Girl's, 1-speed, front truss bars but no springer fork, 2 rack reflectors instead of tail light, horn)
46316 (1964-65, 26", Base chrome, Women's, 1-speed, no truss bars & no springer fork, no tail light or rack reflectors, no crash bar, no chain ring cap, 1 round fender reflector)


CHROME '7-STYLE' TANK MODELS (1966-68 Model Years)

Men's / Boy's
46902 (1966-68, 26", Deluxe chrome, Men's, 1-speed, springer fork, chrome rear rack, top mounted tail light, horn)
46922 (1966-68, 26", Deluxe chrome, Men's, 2-speed, springer fork, chrome rear rack, top mounted tail light, horn)
46962 (1966-68, 24", Deluxe chrome, Boy's, 1-speed, springer fork, chrome rear rack, top mounted tail light, horn)
46942 (1966-68, 26", Standard chrome, Men's, 1-speed, front truss bars but no springer fork, 2 rack reflectors instead of tail light, horn)
46982 (1966-68, 26", Standard chrome, Men's, 2-speed, front truss bars but no springer fork, 2 rack reflectors instead of tail light, horn)
46962 (1966-68, 24", Standard chrome, Boy's, 1-speed, front truss bars but no springer fork, 2 rack reflectors instead of tail light, horn)
46943 (1966-68, 26", Base chrome, Men's, 1-speed, no truss bars & no springer fork, no horn, no tail light or rack reflectors, no crash bar, no chain ring cap, 1 round fender reflector)
46983 (1966-68, 26", Base chrome, Men's, 2-speed, no truss bars & no springer fork, no horn, no tail light or rack reflectors, no crash bar, no chain ring cap, 1 round fender reflector)
46963 (1966-68, 24", Base chrome, Boy's, 1-speed, no truss bars & no springer fork, no horn, no tail light or rack reflectors, no crash bar, no chain ring cap, 1 round fender reflector)

Woman's / Girl's
46912 (1966-68, 26", Deluxe Women's, 1-speed, springer fork, chrome rear rack, top mounted tail light, horn)
46932 (1966-68, 26", Deluxe Women's, 2-speed, springer fork, chrome rear rack, top mounted tail light, horn)
46972 (1966-68, 24", Deluxe Girls's, 1-speed, springer fork, chrome rear rack, top mounted tail light, horn)
46952 (1966-68, 26", Standard chrome, Women's, 1-speed, front truss bars but no springer fork, 2 rack reflectors instead of tail light, horn)
46992 (1966-68, 26", Standard chrome, Women's, 2-speed, front truss bars but no springer fork, 2 rack reflectors instead of tail light, horn)
46972 (1966-68, 24", Standard chrome, Girl's, 1-speed, front truss bars but no springer fork, 2 rack reflectors instead of tail light, horn)
46953 (1966-68, 26", Base chrome, Women's, 1-speed, no truss bars & no springer fork, no horn, no tail light or rack reflectors, no crash bar, no chain ring cap, 1 round fender reflector)
46993 (1966-68, 26", Base chrome, Women's, 2-speed, no truss bars & no springer fork, no horn, no tail light or rack reflectors, no crash bar, no chain ring cap, 1 round fender reflector)
46973 (1966-68, 24", Base chrome, Girl's, 1-speed, no truss bars & no springer fork, no horn, no tail light or rack reflectors, no crash bar, no chain ring cap, 1 round fender reflector)


PAINTED MODELS

NOTE: Specifications common to all of the painted models, and therefore not repeated below unless otherwise noted for clarification, are: tear drop double reflector on rear fender, no springer fork, no front truss bars, no horn, no tail light or rack reflectors, no seat crash bar, no chain ring cap. Details that vary by model number are shown below.

Men's / Boy's
46303 (1964-68, 26", Straight Tank, Men's, 1-speed, 1 round rear fender reflector in 64-65 was changed to a tear-drop reflector plus 2 rack reflectors in 66-68)
46343 (1964-68, same specs as 46303, 2-speed)
46323 (1964-68, 24" with same specs as 46303)
46305 (1966-68, 26", 7-Tank, Men's, 1-speed, tear-drop reflector, 2 rack reflectors)
46345 (1966-68, same specs as 46305, 2-speed)
46325 (1966-68, 24" with same specs as 46305)

Woman's / Girl's
46313 (1964-68, 26", Straight Tank, Women's, 1-speed, 1 round rear fender reflector in 64-65 was changed to a tear-drop reflector plus 2 rack reflectors in 66-68)
46353 (1964-68, 26", same specs as 46313, 2-speed)
46333 (1964-68, 24" with same specs as 46313)
46315 (1966-68, 26", 7-Tank, Women's, 1-speed, tear-drop reflector, 2 rack reflectors)
46355 (1966-68, same specs as 46315, 2-speed)
46335 (1966-68, 24" with same specs as 46315)

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Bike Mike

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The hubs are identical in dimensions so the two-speed can be retrofitted to a single speed (and vice versa) without issue.
Oh shoot I can have me a "Sleeper" Spaceliner once I kick it in 2nd gear...gone Lol! Thanks for the great info!!!!! Then if i find the hub alone I don't have to respoke it into my existing rim.
 

Bike Mike

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Sep 26, 2017
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Fullerton, CA, United States
Oh shoot I can have me a "Sleeper" Spaceliner once I kick it in 2nd gear...gone Lol! Thanks for the great info!!!!! Then if i find the hub alone I don't have to respoke it into my existing rim.
I still have to be careful then if an unhonest chap sells me a three striped hub but switched gears. I I think to prevent that I need to see what the innards of a two speed look like and disassemble it right in front of them so I can verify what I'm buying. Just thinking out loud
 

BrentP

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Oh shoot I can have me a "Sleeper" Spaceliner once I kick it in 2nd gear...gone Lol! Thanks for the great info!!!!! Then if i find the hub alone I don't have to respoke it into my existing rim.
If you buy the hub only, you will need to disassemble the wheel, remove the old hub, and rebuild the wheel using the two-speed hub (assuming you're not trying to swap the internals, only). If you're fortunate enough to find a complete wheel and hub, then it's a simple wheel swap.
 
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BrentP

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I still have to be careful then if an unhonest chap sells me a three striped hub but switched gears. I I think to prevent that I need to see what the innards of a two speed look like and disassemble it right in front of them so I can verify what I'm buying. Just thinking out loud
I don't think you'll need to worry about that.
 

Rusty Klunker

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Nov 2, 2016
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Oh shoot I can have me a "Sleeper" Spaceliner once I kick it in 2nd gear...gone Lol! Thanks for the great info!!!!! Then if i find the hub alone I don't have to respoke it into my existing rim.
Mike, I'm not familiar with the spaceliners, but very familiar with the Bendix kickback 2 speeds. I didn't see any of your posts as to what year you have but if you want to make it correct 60 -64 would be a red band, 65 - 70 would be yellow. Either will work, same gearing in both but some of the internal parts are different. The 2 speed parts wont go inside the single speed hub so you will have to re lace the wheel,... and probably need a different length spoke. And yes you can test it in your hand. If its not to gummed up hold the brake arm and spin the sprocket. Watch to see how fast the hub is spinning. Now spin it back like applying the brake then forward again. The hub should spin faster or slower depending what gear it was in. Lots of info out there on the bendix 2 speed kickback hubs, you'll probably find more in the Schwinn forums.
 

Bike Mike

Look Ma, No Hands!
Sep 26, 2017
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Fullerton, CA, United States
Mike, I'm not familiar with the spaceliners, but very familiar with the Bendix kickback 2 speeds. I didn't see any of your posts as to what year you have but if you want to make it correct 60 -64 would be a red band, 65 - 70 would be yellow. Either will work, same gearing in both but some of the internal parts are different. The 2 speed parts wont go inside the single speed hub so you will have to re lace the wheel,... and probably need a different length spoke. And yes you can test it in your hand. If its not to gummed up hold the brake arm and spin the sprocket. Watch to see how fast the hub is spinning. Now spin it back like applying the brake then forward again. The hub should spin faster or slower depending what gear it was in. Lots of info out there on the bendix 2 speed kickback hubs, you'll probably find more in the Schwinn forums.
Thank you for that great info.
 

Bike Mike

Look Ma, No Hands!
Sep 26, 2017
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254
54
Fullerton, CA, United States
Mike, I'm not familiar with the spaceliners, but very familiar with the Bendix kickback 2 speeds. I didn't see any of your posts as to what year you have but if you want to make it correct 60 -64 would be a red band, 65 - 70 would be yellow. Either will work, same gearing in both but some of the internal parts are different. The 2 speed parts wont go inside the single speed hub so you will have to re lace the wheel,... and probably need a different length spoke. And yes you can test it in your hand. If its not to gummed up hold the brake arm and spin the sprocket. Watch to see how fast the hub is spinning. Now spin it back like applying the brake then forward again. The hub should spin faster or slower depending what gear it was in. Lots of info out there on the bendix 2 speed kickback hubs, you'll probably find more in the Schwinn forums.
I would need the red bands since my bike is a '64 Spaceliner
 

Bike Mike

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Sep 26, 2017
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They're easy to find at swap meets, eBay, or on The CABE. There are a couple on eBay currently.
Just won one on ebay: Vintage Bendix Bicycle Hub 2Speed Kick Back Automatic Red Band coaster brake 36h so I'll have it swapped out by a professional. Seller says it spins freely so sounds good. Paid $50 plus $15 shipping. Im on my way to happy bicycle rides.
 

Bike Mike

Look Ma, No Hands!
Sep 26, 2017
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Fullerton, CA, United States
Just won one on ebay: Vintage Bendix Bicycle Hub 2Speed Kick Back Automatic Red Band coaster brake 36h so I'll have it swapped out by a professional. Seller says it spins freely so sounds good. Paid $50 plus $15 shipping. Im on my way to happy bicycle rides.
Just won one on ebay: Vintage Bendix Bicycle Hub 2Speed Kick Back Automatic Red Band coaster brake 36h so I'll have it swapped out by a professional. Seller says it spins freely so sounds good. Paid $50 plus $15 shipping. Im on my way to happy bicycle rides.

I just received my bike at the bike shop but i forgot to jot down the tire size since they said theyd try to find a pair. ****26" Spaceliner liner tire size??****
 

Bike Mike

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Sep 26, 2017
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Fullerton, CA, United States
I just received my bike at the bike shop but i forgot to jot down the tire size since they said theyd try to find a pair in about a week. I wanna ride sooner than that
****26" Spaceliner liner tire size??****
 

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