Western flyer

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1968fury

Look Ma, No Hands!
Apr 25, 2018
79
47
Long island
Hi all,
I just got this bike from my parents garage. This is the first bike I restored as a kid and what I was working on when my grandfather told me about his and grandma’s bikes that he wanted to throw out. I haven’t seen the bike in years but my brother tried to replace the seat and damaged the seat tube in the process. I have to find the serial number but I figured I would post pictures of this one and another I just got at a police auction. It’s says Schwinn but I can’t find a serial number yet.

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Archie Sturmer

I live for the CABE
Jun 13, 2018
1,433
Los Angeles, CA, USA
The red Western Flyer is a Murray built bike of mid 1950's (~1948 to ~1958).
The various models could have a springer fork (heavy), a tank, or a rear rack.
The 1/2" pitch chain and narrower middleweight tires makes it look later (newer), but may have been replaced.

The seat tube (or mast) may be repaired. Motorized sanding may smooth the insides.
If you can insert a 13/16" solid round bar, then you might be able to hammer the outward bent areas back to where they should be.
A modern replacement seat post clamp might work.

These Murray frames have wide rear forks, should fit fat tires with room to spare.
 
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mrg

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Aug 9, 2010
4,917
socal
Looks late 50's-60's middle weight Schwinn, serial # should be by left rear axle mount, girls is a mid 50's Murry built WF.
 

Adamtinkerer

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Sep 8, 2008
3,886
Western North carolina
Schwinn is probably a '55-'58 Tiger or American, which both had painted fenders during those years.
 

1968fury

Look Ma, No Hands!
Apr 25, 2018
79
47
Long island
I worked on the western flyer and got the seat tube back into shape to fit the original seat tube and clamp back on. I put the seat and seat tube in from the schwinn bike I bought from the auction and rode it around. Rear wheel spokes are very loose with one spoke broken. The blue schwinn is built between 4/4 to 4/30 of 1952 or 2/21 to 2/25 of 1957. According to bikehistory.org the serial number was used twice. I reattached the front wheel to the fork and loosened the tension on the chain and it rides nice.

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Archie Sturmer

I live for the CABE
Jun 13, 2018
1,433
Los Angeles, CA, USA
MOT reflects 1954.
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Not to be confused with the "T" for when Murray production moved from Cleveland to Tennessee, about 1956.
 
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1968fury

Look Ma, No Hands!
Apr 25, 2018
79
47
Long island
Oh thank you Archie! My daughter was upset cause we couldn't figure out what year it was built. I tried to tell her that I owned the iver of grandmas for thirty years with no clue as to the year.
 
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JRE

I live for the CABE
Sep 8, 2008
1,279
Milwaukie, Oregon
I just picked up a bike like your western flyer today at a swap meet. Think I might part it out.

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1968fury

Look Ma, No Hands!
Apr 25, 2018
79
47
Long island
That’s interesting that your bike has the skip tooth chain. My daughters is the modern chain style. What is the serial number on it for year identification.
 

Archie Sturmer

I live for the CABE
Jun 13, 2018
1,433
Los Angeles, CA, USA
The "21" stamped on both bikes reflects a girl's standard model; (e.g., standard fork; no tank, rack, light, truss rods, etc.).
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We see that the older 1950 bike has an integral-type seat post clamp, whereas the 1954 bike had a separate and semi-removable clamp.
The heavy parts on the equipped or deluxe models are available and interchangeable, should one wish to make minor upgrades.
 
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Harley Mclemore

Finally riding a big boys bike
Dec 14, 2013
376
Antioch California
Archie sturmer where does one get a catalog of Murray bikes like the one you posted?

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Archie Sturmer

I live for the CABE
Jun 13, 2018
1,433
Los Angeles, CA, USA
Where does one get a catalog of Murray bikes like the one you posted?
I likely found it on this same site but forget what forum or thread, and failed to give credit to the individual who shared it with the CABE. [The original source of course was Murray].
 
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