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AGE / VALUE:   Firestone "880" Speed Cruiser posted by: Thom Keeton on 4/8/2007 at 4:07:50 PM
Need some help with vintage of this one. It's a Ladies Firestone "880" Speed Cruiser. Aluminum neck tube plate bears number 9A162(lower brad)988. Crank sprocket decorated with 3 large alternating with 3 small 'star' cutouts. Pedal end caps marked with star on dome and stamped 'Excel Inc. U.S.A.'. Each pedal has 2 star brads on each of the braces. Rear brake marked "Perry B-100 England". Bike has flat cargo rack over rear mudguard with chrome support/ mount bracing. Front mudguard has additional chrome rack each side, from axle to neck tube. Headlamp marked "Delta Hawk", rear reflector stamped "NTD 52" on backside. Bike appears to have been Green & White. Now, nice Turquoise patina with 'cracked eggshell white'. Rims, saddle, handgrips all appear original. "Tank" has built in horn button. Horn works, but sticks in 'on' position. Looks almost like Deluxe Cruiser or "500" Cruiser but designated "880 Speed Cruiser. I've replaced tires and drive chain only. Any help with year ? Trying to upload photos now.

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AGE / VALUE:   1949 schwinn DX posted by: Nolan on 4/8/2007 at 12:08:46 AM
I'm wondering what they usualy go for parted out and all together. Mine has been amateurly restored. It has hawthorne peaked fenders with some dings in them, but everything else is original. Nothing is bent and the handlebars and stem were totally rusted and light rusting on the other chrome. And whats the average cost for a professional restoration?


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MISC:   found a huffy posted by: mikey hensley on 4/6/2007 at 7:46:06 PM
found a old huffy beach cruiser girls bike maybe a 20 or 26 inch wheel new style globe headbadge though destroyed except for frame trying to figure out what model it is
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AGE / VALUE:   bendix 2 spd red vs yellow posted by: will on 4/3/2007 at 10:15:02 AM
Can anyone help me with the differences in the 2 hubs. I am looking to buy a 36 hole rear 2 speed kick back. I know they use a diFferent brake system. Is one easier to work on,function better or more durable.

Thanks for any info

Will
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   bendix 2 spd red vs yellow posted by Alvin Brown on 4/4/2007 at 3:13:49 AM
I have two 61 racers both have red automatic kickbacks. My 26inch bikes are not red but are kickbacks not marked automatic. My guess to you is its gear ratio. One is not as low as the other. None for sale. I hope this helps. The red for racers.
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   bendix 2 spd red vs yellow posted by Ken on 4/6/2007 at 2:09:38 PM
This info should be in these archives, and there are schematics around someplace too. I'll post the bookmarks if I turn them up. Meanwhile here is the deal according to my memory- rust never sleeps... Red band uses the stacking disk brake expander; yellow uses the internal shoes. The blue band is the one with a different ratio- it has the straight-through ratio in low gear, whereas the other two use the planetary low and 1 to 1 high. The reason is that the blue band is for 20" wheels.
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MISC:   Iverson Grand Touring posted by: frederick on 4/2/2007 at 10:29:05 AM
Hi,
I have 2 iverson grand touring bicycles. one is a 3 speed the other is a ten speed. i would like to learn more about them. unfortunatly their is very little information if anything at all. i know that their are iverson muscle bikes but i have yet to find any other grand tourings. if you know anything about them or if you would like to purchase them feel free to e-mail me at speedy16816@comcast.net. i will appreciate any information you have about these bicycles.
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AGE / VALUE:   beach cruiser ? 1930-50? posted by: Peter on 4/2/2007 at 9:41:14 AM
I have no idea if this enquiry is in the right category but I would be pleased to know anything about the bicycle pictured here which I recently bought at a tag sale in Connecticut, I am from the UK and have no knowledge of beach cruisers though I am told this is one. can you please enlighten thanks
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AGE / VALUE:   1920's Excelsior posted by: John Fleischer on 4/1/2007 at 2:52:07 PM
Trying to figure how much this bike is worth. Plate says Excelsior Cycle Co.,Michigan City,Ind. Bike is complete and has metal clad wooden wheels. Pictures can be sent by email if interested.

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BALLOON:   NEW DEPARTURE SKIP TOOTH R COG REMOVAL HELP!!!!!! posted by: will on 3/31/2007 at 6:28:08 PM
I have a new departure modle D rear hub. It has a coaster brake. I have gotten the outer lock ring off but cant get the skip tooth off. Does it unthread like the lock ring? Lock ring was reverse thread. Ive been a pro mechanic for years..... now and I havent a clue this my first time with one of these. I am tring to install a non skip tooth new departure cog so I can run different cranks.

THANKS TO ALL
email: sandwpeters@aol.com
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          RE:BALLOON: NEW DEPARTURE SKIP TOOTH R COG REMOVAL HELP!!!!!! posted by Larry Wlos on 4/2/2007 at 7:47:50 PM
Lock ring is left thread ,sprocket is right hand thread,heat up with torch then it will un thread.
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          RE:BALLOON:   NEW DEPARTURE SKIP TOOTH R COG REMOVAL HELP!!!!!! posted by Ken on 4/3/2007 at 7:01:55 AM
There's a drawing, or was, on this site in the Resources area.
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          RE:BALLOON: NEW DEPARTURE SKIP TOOTH R COG REMOVAL HELP!!!!!! posted by sam on 4/12/2007 at 7:27:23 PM
ND hubs came in both 1/8 and skip tooth pitch---standard english threaded (track) cogs do not fit these hubs.Treaded cogs off some coaster hubs "other" than ND will work,but not for sure which brands--centrex works I think.---sam
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AGE / VALUE:   schwinn la salle posted by: jason on 3/31/2007 at 3:43:25 AM
I have a old schwinn cruiser, 2.25 tyres, frame with the camel hump top tube and level horizontal middle tube, I saw a picture of a la salle and that looks like the frame style, skip tooth chain and new departure hub, serial # H350141, fenders but no tank or sign of one I looked at the serial # chart and couldn't really decifer the year. I don't really care a lot, but I need at least one cruiser for the collection and would like to know the year. any help? thanks, jason
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   schwinn la salle posted by Ken on 4/10/2007 at 7:38:12 AM
start at the kickstand
or start here
http://www.angelfire.com/rant/allday101/SchwinnCodesRebuild1.html
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MIDDLEWEIGHT:   restore 1960 jaguar posted by: Mark on 3/30/2007 at 11:43:25 PM
Tom,
Thanks for the info on the 1960 Jaguar Mark 4.
I recieved it today from an EBAY auction, and was slightly shocked, as all the rims have been sprayed with silver paint, as were the handle bars, and seat post, springs etc.
It does come off, but it will be more work than I imagined. Is there a household product that you recommend? What grade of steel wool should I use? Is a wire brush a bad idea. I tried a little paint thinner, and also some WD-40 with a small wire brush on a couple inches of the rim. There's chrome under it all, but this sucks!!! Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Hey, at least the horn wasn't painted silver.
Thanks.
Mark


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          RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   restore 1960 jaguar posted by Brian on 3/31/2007 at 7:49:10 AM
Some people are going to say never use steel wool only brass wool as steel will get into crevases and rust. I use fine steel wool. I dont know what type of paint thinner you used but I use laquer thinner. If the paint is really heavy you may have to use paint stripper. I wouldnt worry about the harshness of the stripper or steel wool as the reason the rims were painted was because they were probably starting to rust.
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WANTED:   New departure 2-speed posted by: Geo. on 3/29/2007 at 9:34:17 AM
Does anyone know if NEW parts are available for the New Departure 2-speed from around 1947. I have a working unit on an old Monark / Whizzer but I would like to re-build it if possible.
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          RE:WANTED: New departure 2-speed posted by sam on 3/31/2007 at 7:25:09 AM
The cluch disks are advertized or come up on ebay at times
If your hub is in good working order you might only need to take it apart and give it a good cleaning and regreasing.
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          RE:WANTED:   New departure 2-speed posted by Geo. on 4/9/2007 at 4:26:54 PM
I have seen the discs on e-bay, both standard and heavy duty can be bought new, but i'm more interested in the planatary gear parts. I have owned this since brand new and there's a lot of Boyhood wear on it. Can't seem to find a schematic for it either like the other units shown on this site. I'll keep looking.
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AGE / VALUE:   B F GOODRICH BIKE posted by: Gene Kelly on 3/28/2007 at 5:49:45 PM
CAN ANY ONE HELP,JUST BOUGHT A REAL NICE SCHWINN B F GOODRICH 26" BOYS BIKE.IT HAS A DELTA LITE ON THE FRONT FENDER AND THE LENS IS DAMAGED FROM BATTERY ACID.OUTSIDE OF THAT THE BIKE IS LIKE NEW.THE SERIAL NO.IS GO775 WHAT YEAR IS THIS,ALSO HAS THE STRAIGHT BAR FRAME. THANKS FOR ANY HELP
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   B F GOODRICH BIKE posted by Roger Blake on 3/29/2007 at 6:59:09 PM
1952, need pics for model and value.
-roger
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BALLOON:   1951 serial # H273407 posted by: will on 3/28/2007 at 5:43:37 PM
I bought this refurbished with what you see. Serial # is h273407.
I know its a 1951 schwinn. Its been powdercoated and I am trying to figure out what model it was . It has the straight middle bar. 26'' cruiser
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MIDDLEWEIGHT:   what year is my bike? posted by: mark McKee on 3/27/2007 at 11:56:43 PM
I just purched a beautiful blue schwinn jaguar w/26" rims.
It never had a year attached to the auction. Im guessing its a 61, or 62.
Can one of you pro schwinn people tell me what year this is.
#JO63791
Thanks MM
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          RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   what year is my bike? posted by Tom on 3/28/2007 at 5:50:20 AM
Hi Mark, You can find this on this site if you use the serial number charts. using the charts on this site, it looks like your bike was made in October of 1960. Tom
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MIDDLEWEIGHT:   what year is my bike? posted by: mark McKee on 3/27/2007 at 11:56:43 PM
I just purched a beautiful blue schwinn jaguar w/26" rims.
It never had a year attached to the auction. Im guessing its a 61, or 62.
Can one of you pro schwinn people tell me what year this is.
#JO63791
Thanks MM
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