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MISC:   Speedo Info Needed posted by: JimW. on 12/24/2002 at 5:25:23 AM
I bought a Stewart Warner speedo on eBay, and it showed up today. The seller claimed it was for 26", but when I was looking closely, a while ago. Stamped on the metal flange on the wheel sender was the number 20. It looks to me like I was misled about what wheel size it was for. Any Stewart Warner experts here who can verify that I got a bum deal?
If so, is it possible to still get these senders?


   RE:MISC:   Speedo Info Needed posted by stuart on 12/24/2002 at 5:25:10 PM
check how long the cable is. if it will go from the front hub to the hanbdlebars then it is 26 inch. if it is a 20 inch. if it is 20 inch leave the person negative feedback.
best regards,
stuart
vintagebicycleparts.cjb.net

   RE:MISC:   Speedo Info Needed posted by Steve-O on 12/24/2002 at 11:06:28 PM
How about contacting the seller and giving them a chance to fix the situation before posting negative feedback? Maybe this is an honest mistake and maybe they can fix it for you. Of course, if you post negative feedback without making any effort to get your problem resolved, you'd have very little chance of getting it fixed. Stuart might not be the best person to take advice from.....

   RE:RE:MISC:   Speedo Info Needed posted by STUART on 12/24/2002 at 11:32:02 PM
ACTUALLY SPPED- O I HAVE BEEN SELLING STUFF ON EBAY FOR ALMOST 4 YEARS NOW. IF YOU CONTCT THE GUY I ALMOST GUARANTEE YOU THAT HE WILL NOT REPLY OR WILL DENY THE MISTAKE. IF YOU ONTACT EBAY AND LEAVE BAD FEEDBACK THEN THE SELLER WILL MAKE SURE TO FIX THE PROBLEM SO THAT HE WILL NOT GET KICKED OFF FROM EBAY. SPEED-0 MORON MIGHT NOT BE THE BEST PERSON TO GET ADVICE FROM AFTERALL.
I HOPE THIS HELPS,
STUART
WWW.VINTAGEBICYCLEPARTS.CJB.NET

   RE:RE:RE:MISC:   Speedo Info Needed posted by Stacey on 12/25/2002 at 12:17:42 PM
Given Stuart's quick to flame hostile attitude, methinks he speaks from the personal experience of telling a dis-satisfied customer to "go pound sand" as his means of problem resolution. Just what does your feedback rating look like Stuart?

I've been selling for just about 3 years with a total feedback of over 10,000 and a unique feedback of 6600. So should one of my customers be dis-satisfied or have a concern regarding an item they bought at MY auction I would and do welcome the chance to go to reasonable lenghts to satisfy the customer and address their concerns. Yes, there are charlatains out there... but as a rule MOST eBay sellers are reputable.

Jim, I say give the seller a reasonable opportunity to address your concern and make it right if he's in error. Then leave appropriate feedback on the transaction. Let us know hiw you make out, OK?

   RE:RE:RE:RE:MISC:   Speedo Info Needed posted by stuart on 12/26/2002 at 8:30:44 PM
you do have a good point there stacey, as a matter of fact i have a 873 positive fedbacks from 735 unique uses. i have had 1 negative feedback in 4 years and that was because product got lost in the mail. i later reimbursed the person.

if theseller is trying to rip eople off, then you must immediatly contact eay and leave negatie feedback then the seller will really want to resolve the issues so that he does not get kicked off of ebay.

you do hae a good point stacey.

   RE:RE:RE:RE:RE:MISC:   Speedo Info Needed posted by JimW. on 12/27/2002 at 8:18:21 PM
I went back and studied the seller's description. I think it was a case of his description being just vague enough that I made the error. If I'd read the description as closely before bidding, and asked him to clarify it, there wouldn't have been a problem. During the same time period I bought a couple of other items from him, and I got more than I expected on one of them, again because his description was vague. His description of that was that it was a freewheeling crankset for a 5-speed bike, which implies that it had a single chainring, as there's no such thing as a 2 1/2-cog rear cluster. When I got it and looked at it, I saw that it actually had two chainrings, which is much better for my purpose. In this case, the guy's vaguenesses cancelled each other out.

Shortly after my previous post on this subject, I ran another eBay search, looking for a speedo set up for 26". I found one, and bid on it, then went away for the recent holiday, with a day or so to go on the auction. Imagine my surprise when I got back, to discover that I'd won the thing. Timing is everything I guess; I ended up getting a new-in-box Stewart-Warner speedo for 26" complete with everything, for only $10. And I still have a decent SW speedo for a 20" when I get around to needing one. And I'm sure to be needing one, eventually.

   RE:RE:RE:RE:RE:RE:MISC:   Speedo Info Needed posted by Stacey on 12/27/2002 at 10:02:06 PM
Cool beanz Jim! Sometimes, when you least expect it... the fates smile upon you!

   RE:RE:RE:RE:RE:RE:RE:MISC:   Speedo Info Needed posted by stuart on 12/27/2002 at 10:11:30 PM
im glad to hear that jim, i am trying to repair my speedometer at the moment. i am hoping to find a schiwnn one for cheap like 10 bucks or so but i doubt i will.

   RE:RE:RE:RE:RE:RE:RE:RE:MISC:   Speedo Info Needed posted by humberchristopher28@hotmail.com on 12/28/2002 at 7:01:21 PM
I pulled the huge mess of speedometers out and hauled them into the shop where to my amazement my mechanic pal understood what was what and then we got boxes and bags and proceded to sort them and label them and he kept asking where I found it all. So the stuff is set straight and labeled and set on the shelf where it will sit for years.
The Schwinn stuff in original wrappers has already been sold and I was amazed at what it went for! Crap! Did I do well with these! Still, I have other speedometer cables and housing, boy, the housing I have. I am the king of speedometer housing it seems! Need something? hollar.
humberchristopher28@hotmail.com

   RE:RE:RE:RE:RE:RE:RE:RE:RE:MISC:   Speedo Info Needed posted by JimW. on 12/29/2002 at 3:28:45 AM
Stuart,
eBay is positively crawling with speedos at the moment, many of them are for Schwinns. The Schwinn speedos were all made by Stewart-Warner, as far as I know. If your speedo has an internal fault, you can just replace the inner works with those from any SW speedo, and keep your original dial face. The only difference between one for a 20" and any other size is the gear ratio of the sender. The inner speedo mechanism is the same. Old Schwinn exercycles have Stewart-Warner speedos on them, and these exercycles are pretty common at Goodwill and Salvation Army stores. I found one on the sidewalk on the upper east side of Manhattan on trash pickup day. I was on my way downtown with my daughter, and wasn't carrying my Leatherman tool, to my chagrin. It had a speedo, a seat, and all sorts of other parts which could have been used on a bike. I carry the Leatherman all the time now, but have never found another one since.

There is also a glut of new mechanical speedos on eBay. I don't know the make, but they look pretty much like the
S-Ws, and the works might be the same.






WANTED:   $$$$$PAID$$$$$ posted by: Baldy Jeff on 12/24/2002 at 4:08:05 AM
Lookin for some Sting Ray items-will pay your price or trade ,if you prefer. Thanks!
1.) '69 Lemon Peeler-partial or complete-good original frame paint is of most importance3
2.) Original paint '69 thru '71 krate frame
3.) Original paint early guards - blue,violet,coppertone,red,lime
4.) '63 /'64 /'65 original paint boys Sting Ray frame(fork + guard a plus)
5.) Original Sting Ray ,krate,fastback seats
6.) Checkerboard solo polo
7.) #8339 cad plated kickstand-clean original
8.) 16" Superior w/ date code to compliment nice original Nov '70 krate
Thanks!







WANTED:   Corvair , bike or Car posted by: Al on 12/24/2002 at 3:40:43 AM
Huffy Corvair or Chevrolet Corvair .
also Royce Union Musclebike I have a pic of the one I had as a kid e mail me to view.







WANTED:   murray eliminator chainguard posted by: jim on 12/24/2002 at 2:36:25 AM
I need to find a big dopey chainguard that is correct on a MK2 eliminator camel hump style 16x20 frame. My best bet would be a parts bike if available. I think the bike I am restoring is a red - gold swinger with the drop bars. Anyone got parts or pics of these wonderful, goofy bikes?

thanks and Merry Christmas...

jim







WANTED:   Wanted Rollfast Top Drag 200 and Iverson posted by: John on 12/23/2002 at 8:51:54 PM
Still searching for Rollfast Top Drag 200 and Iverson Dragstripper. These are 20x16 Musclebikes. I also would like a Brochure from the 1970 Rollfast lineup of Bikes. Please help I have been searching forever.Hawthorne also made the same kind of bikes in 20x16 and 24x16.

Thanks
John
ph. 630-372-1346







AGE / VALUE:   Schwinn Reproduction posted by: Brian on 12/23/2002 at 3:58:02 PM
Does anyone know how many schwinn apple krate reproductions were made, and what year did they make them in, I have seen diferent numbers on e-bay in peoples discriptions, Thanks Brian Merry Christmas







WANTED:   WANTED!!! STINGRAY FRAME posted by: stuart on 12/23/2002 at 5:28:49 AM
$$$$$WANTED$$$$$$$ STINGRAY FRAME. ANY YEAR AND CONDITION AS LONG AS IT IT STRAIGHT.
PLEASE E-MAIL ME IF YOU HAVE ONE


   RE:WANTED:   WANTED!!! STINGRAY FRAME posted by pete on 12/25/2002 at 1:16:11 AM
I have three stingray frames that are stripped down bare.i was going to sand blast them and prime them for sale.I know one of them is a 1964,I beleive they called them shorties?the other two are from the 70,s..pete

   RE:RE:WANTED: WANTED!!! STINGRAY FRAME posted by isaac ray on 12/25/2002 at 1:19:25 PM
if you still have them frames let me know asap. im very interested in buying one. thanks

   RE:RE:WANTED: WANTED!!! STINGRAY FRAME posted by isaac ray on 12/25/2002 at 1:19:33 PM
if you still have them frames let me know asap. im very interested in buying one. thanks

   RE:RE:RE:WANTED: WANTED!!! STINGRAY FRAME posted by pete on 12/31/2002 at 9:27:39 PM
I HAVE TWO FRAMES LEFT..ONE IS A 1964,SHORTIE I BELEIVE THEY WERE CALL THEN,BEFORE THEY WENT TO THE "FULL SIZE".THE OTHER IS A 1967 STINGRAY JR.WHICH THEY CALL THE SHORTIES NOW BECAUSE THEY STARTED MAKING THE FULL SIZE AFTER 65..THEY ARE STRIPPED DOWN,NO FORK,CRANK ETC.THEY WOULD HAVE TO BE BLASTED BEFORE PAINTING.I HAVE A BLASTER ON ORDER AS MY OLD ONE DIED.AS TIME GOES ON I WILL BLAST THEM AND PRIME THEM MAKING THEM A LITTLE MORE EXPENSIVE TO PURCHASE AS ALL THE HARD WORK WILL HAVE BEEN DONE..SORRY TO GET BACK TO YOU SO LATE,I DONT GET THAT MUCH TIME TO GET BACK TO THIS SITE...PETE

   stingray for sale st louis blue posted by kevin on 1/1/2003 at 8:39:00 PM
i have a blue 74 fendersless stingray for sale like new in every way must see. frame new is was still boxed in late 80s kevin st louis 99 apple in box for sale . pixie red . typhoon 20 in red phantom likea like 11 old schwinn bikes for sale. 12-02 aultkd@earthlink.net






WANTED:   Wanted Rollfast Top Drag 20x16 posted by: John on 12/23/2002 at 3:46:39 AM
Wanted to buy Rollfast Top Drag 200 and Iverson Dragstripper 20x16 Bikes are from 1969 and 1970. Any help is greatly appreciated. I have been searching for years.

Thanks
John







AGE / VALUE:   24" Sears Spyder posted by: Richard on 12/22/2002 at 6:31:37 PM
I just picked up a 24" 5 speed Sears Spyder stingray style bike. The bike is Magenta. But has been painted over blue. The seat has been replaced and it has purple sparkle grips on it. A dog has chewed up one of the grips. Would you happen to have the seat and at least one of the grips? Also, would anybody happen to know about what these bikes are worth?







AGE / VALUE:   1970s Columbia SS MTD Chopper posted by: Johnny on 12/20/2002 at 7:54:48 PM
I own a light green 3 speed Columbia SS MTD Chopper in nice shape. Does anybody know if this bike is worth anything?


   RE:AGE / VALUE:   1970s Columbia SS MTD Chopper posted by John on 12/21/2002 at 5:03:32 AM
Johnny

Let me know if you are interested in selling it.
Thanks
John

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   1970s Columbia SS MTD Chopper posted by Bob T. on 12/22/2002 at 5:49:01 PM
It's worth $350-$500.00 to me if it's COMPLETE. Email me directly if interested in selling. Thanks...Bob

   The clock's ticking on my offer posted by Bob T. on 1/4/2003 at 4:09:49 AM
You asked, I answered, (on the bike's value). Let me know. I am interested, but this is not an offer that will be offered indefinately. Your move.... Thanks.Bob

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   1970s Columbia SS MTD Chopper posted by GEORGE on 1/5/2003 at 3:03:45 AM
I also have chopper bike if interested email me my consider selling right price. thanks GEORGE






AGE / VALUE:   1970s Columbia SS MTD Chopper posted by: Johnny on 12/20/2002 at 7:54:48 PM
I own a light green 3 speed Columbia SS MTD Chopper in nice shape. Does anybody know if this bike is worth anything?







MISC:   frame work posted by: isaac ray on 12/20/2002 at 2:20:53 AM
i want to build a chopper out of a bmx frame. is there a way to cut the frame close to the head tube so that i can reweld it so the head tube is at an angle. if so can anyone tell me the steps on how to do this. thanks



   RE:MISC:   frame work posted by Freddie on 12/20/2002 at 9:44:25 AM
I did this last year with good looking results. 1st I cut the head tube off at the angle I wanted then used a belt sander to get it flat Then TIG welded a piece of bar stock wide enough to cover the tubes and rounded at each end to cover it. 3/8 inch thick Ground of the old welds from the head tube . AS wou will find it is now to short to weld directly to the plate so I now welded a 1/2 " sq.piece of bar stock short enough not to interfear with the cups. to the head tube and this directly to the plate. If you are very good with a TIG welder you end up with a strong and factory looking piece. Good luck and keep us posted.






WANTED:   late 60's or early 70's drag style musclebike posted by: Gary Ballard on 12/19/2002 at 6:46:13 AM
I am looking for information or pics or actual style of bike I owned in 69 or 70. My mom bought it thru Tempo dept. store or possibly Montgomery wards. It was a drag style that was lime mettalic into a red on the forks with a 16 in wheel in front and a 20 in slick on the back. It had a big long changuard that extended to the rear of bike. I believe it was called a Mongoose - not to be confused with the much later schwinn mongoose. It was shaped similar to a sears screamer 1 only it was not a five speed. Any info would be greatly appreciated. thanks, Gary







WANTED:   Any Boys 1972 Sting Ray!! posted by: Brian on 12/19/2002 at 3:06:42 AM
Wanting to customize and paint a Stingray to match my 1972 Monte Carlo. Don't need anything fancy. Email me at brianenglert@yahoo.com







WANTED:   Huffy Corvair or Royce Unoin 70's muscle bike posted by: Al on 12/18/2002 at 7:51:48 PM
Huffy Corvair or Chevrolet Corvair .
Also Royce Union 70's muscle bike I have a pic of the one I had as a kid e mail for a look