What model Huffy


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schwinnman67

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jun 11, 2014
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Aurora, CO, United States
#1
I just bought a Huffy midweight with a tank and lights, but not sure what model it is. It looks like a Camaro, but has what looks like a Thunderbird on the tank. It is gold and looks very original.

Any Ideas? I'll try to post pics soon...
 

partsguy

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Aug 13, 2008
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That is a 1964-65 HUFFARK....a mix between Huffy and Monark.

Huffman owned Monark at the time and they used the name to tweak their bicycles for small catalog order stores.

This bike was probably supposed to be an Eldorado, in optional gold (making this a 1965 model). Instead, someone grabbed a tank from the previous year / Monark line and put the Thunderbird graphics on it. The Thunderbird was a Monark model. The rack is also from the economy line, as the Eldorado rack had large chrome legs on the side.

Of course, that is the older style frame. The Eldorado used the new "Spaceweight" frame, with the chrome bullets in front. It is possible this is a 1964-65 Monark Thunderbird with Huffy decals on the guard and rack. In retrospect, I think THIS is the case.

Value? It's a handsome vintage bike that you won't find in anywhere else. I say about $150-$250 is fair. The headlight is in remarkable condition and that makes a huge difference!

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schwinnman67

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jun 11, 2014
272
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Aurora, CO, United States
#7
Thanks for the info! I bought it for $120 at the OBC swap meet here in Denver. Just missed out on an NOS headlight assembly on Ebay. Need to get an new battery tray and see if I can get the lights working.
 
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partsguy

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#8
Thanks for the info! I bought it for $120 at the OBC swap meet here in Denver. Just missed out on an NOS headlight assembly on Ebay. Need to get an new battery tray and see if I can get the lights working.
I was going to reproduce the OEM battery trays for these particular lights. I had a rough prototype finished when I found that Radio Shack makes an very nice substitute. It even fits in the original mounting holes of the tank, no drilling required!

My 1964 Firestone has one of those trays in it. In retrospect, I'll need about two or three more. Better get them while I still can!

I'm still very, very sad to see Radio Shack go away. They are a key part in many of my antique restorations!!

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