Western Flyer Qs


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twinflight

Finally riding a big boys bike
Nov 13, 2017
125
70
Minnesota, United States
#1
This beauty that's on sale has me asking Qs. Before I go out and talk to the seller I'd like your thoughts on a few things:

What would you offer?

Would you go with an oxy bath or paint it?

Seller says its a Western Flyer Atomic Hawk. I can't find any info on it. I'd like to see some original pics.
This would be my first real restoration so I'd like your input before my wife kills me for putting more junk in the garage. Everything is original other than the pedals, chain and wheels.

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rhenning

I live for the CABE
May 9, 2010
1,336
301
69
Sharon wi United States
#2
The only thing I can tell you it was built for Western Auto by the Murray of Ohio bicycle company. Worth is what you are willing to pay. Early to mid 1960s bike. It could be a nice rider but I would not pay a lot. Could easily become a money pit. Roger
 

twinflight

Finally riding a big boys bike
Nov 13, 2017
125
70
Minnesota, United States
#3
The only thing I can tell you it was built for Western Auto by the Murray of Ohio bicycle company. Worth is what you are willing to pay. Early to mid 1960s bike. It could be a nice rider but I would not pay a lot. Could easily become a money pit. Roger
The last sentence is what I'm afraid of. My big problem is I like it, but don't love it.
 

2jakes

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Sep 1, 2010
6,507
4,413
Elysium Fields
#5
The last sentence is what I'm afraid of. My big problem is I like it, but don't love it.

Don’t buy it unless you love it enough to put time and more money into it because it will
take more $$$ to do a restoration.

I first try to find out as much as possible about the condition of the bike.
Do you know anyone that can go with you that knows about old bikes and
what to look for, cracks on the frame that cannot be seen right away.

Are you able to test ride it?
If parts are missing, consider the model as far as finding replacements.
How difficult will it be to find similar parts.

Find out his offer first before you throw out a figure.
If the price is really low, this would be a nice project to learn restoration.
Check around on what others on the forum have done with regards to restoration...
painting, chrome work, fabrication and so on and what it takes to do a good job.

Most of my originals are pretty complete. I just clean, lube and replace the tires
and saddle if need be. I prefer the look of original with faded colors and slight
touch up, but that’s all.

I usually go with a bike that I feel I can’t live without and would trade my wife
if I could for the bike. I’m kidding...but if you don’t feel strong enough about
it...it’ll just sit there rusting away. Wait for the one that you feel you just gotta have.:D
 
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kwoodyh

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Jun 2, 2017
793
987
54
Greenwood Arkansas
#7
First thing that caught my eye was the gap between the tank and top bar(s) by the head tube. Looks like the top bars are bent down about 5" from the head tube.
Yep looks like some frame damage I have a similar style frame but it's badged (sticker) as a Ross.


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