Vintage 1978 KLUNKER 5

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Xlobsterman

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jan 25, 2018
159
58
USA
Wow, mine came from the next town over, definitely leave all OG, I have a original faded California Cruiser I'm going to post in the for sale section and cringe when I hear about wanting to strip and redo it!
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Nice bike. I remember Circle Cycle...
 

vincev

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
Nov 2, 2008
13,283
crown point<indiana
Yours is all original except for the shift cable, brake cables, and is missing the F&R reflectors. OE was grey housings.
Thanks for the info.It was from out west and the paint is really faded away but a resto would ruin it for me.
 

Xlobsterman

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jan 25, 2018
159
58
USA
Thanks for the info.It was from out west and the paint is really faded away but a resto would ruin it for me.
I would keep it as is if it was my bike. I am keep the bike I just got in the codition as found. Just cleaning, polishing, and lube. New tires and cables will be installed though, just because the others are toast.
 
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Xlobsterman

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jan 25, 2018
159
58
USA
It is slowly getting back together......!

Just waiting on the new tires, and Shimanno cable clamps. But I am still trying to source the correct front wheel for the right price.

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GTs58

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
Sep 2, 2012
11,345
Central Arizona
Looking good.

Posting the specific details on the front wheel on these Klunkers might help in your search. Did these come with the non stamped S-2's?
 

Xlobsterman

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jan 25, 2018
159
58
USA
Looking good.

Posting the specific details on the front wheel on these Klunkers might help in your search. Did these come with the non stamped S-2's?
The original front wheel is the same as was used on all the Schwinn Spitfires from 77 to early 79.

Stamped S-2 rims, 105ga spokes, and the small flange Union hubs like in this catalog pic.

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Xlobsterman

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jan 25, 2018
159
58
USA
Looking good.

Posting the specific details on the front wheel on these Klunkers might help in your search. Did these come with the non stamped S-2's?
BTW, you can see the correct front wheel in the pics the other guys posted of their bikes.

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Xlobsterman

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jan 25, 2018
159
58
USA
Some also had Chair front hub, my California Cruiser and some of my Spitfire’s have had Chairs
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Yes, from what I can remember, they used both Union, and Chair hubs. You wouldn't happen to have an extra wheel would you?
 
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razinhellcustomz

I live for the CABE
May 28, 2018
1,139
60
kiel wisconsin
It is staying all original, as the imperfections in the paint give it character as to what it has been through in its life. I would like to know the story of how it got to Kansas from California though.

It has already been stripped down to the bare frame, and is starting to go back together.

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People move to kansas every day. That's how it ended up there. Go figure. Ride On. Razin.
 

Xlobsterman

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jan 25, 2018
159
58
USA
looks killer! I bet it rides nice..outstanding job!
Yea, it is kinda cool riding the same bike I pulled out of the box, assembled, test rode, put on the show room floor, and then sold 40 years ago..

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hm.

Finally riding a big boys bike
Feb 10, 2018
472
Southern California
its super cool you got it back in your hands after 4 decades...hands down..100% keeper for sure!
 

dave429

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Oct 24, 2012
532
Wisconsin
That bike cleaned up nicely. I bet its a great cruiser!
 

razinhellcustomz

I live for the CABE
May 28, 2018
1,139
60
kiel wisconsin
I finally finished up the bike today.

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I used a front wheel from an 81 Cruiser temporarily until I get the time to build the correct front wheel with the Chair hub in it.
Very nice bike! How's the 5 speed working out for your riding pleasure? Ride on. Razin.
 
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