Western Flyer identification, please help!

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leeemerson76

On Training Wheels
Jun 30, 2020
4
58
Pensacola
I would like any information I can get regarding my dad's Western Flyer bicycle. He bought it used in the early 60's. I am attaching pictures. Note that the bike doed not have the correct wheels or the correct crank and chainwheel. I am attaching a pic of the original crank and chainwheel. The serial number is 212159.

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Archie Sturmer

I live for the CABE
Jun 13, 2018
1,438
Los Angeles, CA, USA
The frame, crank and chain ring sprocket (1st picture) are Murray Ohio products, sold at Western Auto stores, (and elsewhere).
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The sprocket is 1/2" pitch which reflects relatively later; (the installed 'mag wheel" sprocket might be Huffy?).
Also the front hub with drum brake might not be original; (missing a brake cable?).
The streamlined motorbike frame was from late 1940's to late 1950's with few detail changes.
Along with the serial number might be additional date and model codes.
See the "Murray serial number project" thread.
 
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leeemerson76

On Training Wheels
Jun 30, 2020
4
58
Pensacola
The wheels that are currently on the bike are not original. I have the originals, but they are badly deteriorated. The chainwheel and crank currently on the bike are not oringinal. The came from a much later bike that I junked.
 

leeemerson76

On Training Wheels
Jun 30, 2020
4
58
Pensacola
The frame, crank and chain ring sprocket (1st picture) are Murray Ohio products, sold at Western Auto stores, (and elsewhere).
1221595

The sprocket is 1/2" pitch which reflects relatively later; (the installed 'mag wheel" sprocket might be Huffy?).
Also the front hub with drum brake might not be original; (missing a brake cable?).
The streamlined motorbike frame was from late 1940's to late 1950's with few detail changes.
Along with the serial number might be additional date and model codes.
See the "Murray serial number project" thread.
Thank you for the picture! Do you know what year that is?
 

leeemerson76

On Training Wheels
Jun 30, 2020
4
58
Pensacola
The frame, crank and chain ring sprocket (1st picture) are Murray Ohio products, sold at Western Auto stores, (and elsewhere).
1221595

The sprocket is 1/2" pitch which reflects relatively later; (the installed 'mag wheel" sprocket might be Huffy?).
Also the front hub with drum brake might not be original; (missing a brake cable?).
The streamlined motorbike frame was from late 1940's to late 1950's with few detail changes.
Along with the serial number might be additional date and model codes.
See the "Murray serial number project" thread.
Mine does not have additional date codes that I can see.
 

Archie Sturmer

I live for the CABE
Jun 13, 2018
1,438
Los Angeles, CA, USA
The picture was from a Murray brochure of about 1953 , (for their base model).
Murray would adapt various combinations of accessories for a retailer, (such as Western Auto).
It looks like your bike came with truss rods and a tank, (see clean paint lines behind the head tube). Murray tanks become available from time to time and are not too expensive.
 
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