1966 Coppertone Junior Stingray

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  1. nateyboy

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    I'm hoping some of you muscle bike experts can shed some light on my latest purchase. Serial number begins with "JB..." which I believe makes it a September of '66. I read a little bit about the Juniors, but have absolutely no idea what is correct/original to this bike. Clearly it's missing the 3-speed rear wheel, and I'm pretty sure the giant sissy bar isn't stock. I'm not sure about the Mesenger seat (but I dig it), or if it should have bow pedals instead of the regular block pedals currently on it. It does also has a full Miller generator headlight and taillight set.

    I'm not sure what my plans for it are yet, but I would love to know more about it. Thanks!

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  2. scrumblero

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    Thats cute!
     
  3. scrumblero

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    I might have a 28h three speed SA around somewhere.. ;)
     
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    The rim is a S-5 24".. I can pull it down and clean it up if you want to know the year and make sure it works.. KIMG0914.JPG KIMG0911.JPG
     
  5. indianadave

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    I really don't think any juniors were sold as a three speed.

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  6. indianadave

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    It's definitely a custom job. Cool bike, but if you're average size and wanting to ride it, you may be better off finding a full size Stingray to swap stuff over to. If it's for your kid, then clean and lube it, and slap a wheel on the back and get it ridable. And go cruise.

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  7. ODDER

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    It's a pile of junk. You can donate it to the ONMMBF though. I think they could use it for something.
    (Odder Needs More Muscle Bikes Foundation) :rofl:
    Seriously brother, good grab. I'll try to find you anything you might need for it.
     
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  8. rrtbike

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    I have a 20" S7 with a bendex coaster brake if you want to turn it back to a single speed. It has an old 20x1 3/4 knobby tire that holds air.
     
  9. Wheelee

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    Being September of 1966, it's getting closer to the changes for the 1967 model year, but probably not quite yet. The main change was adding a sissy bar and Jr. banana seat for 1967. The front wheel would have been a 20" S-7 with 20 x 1 3/4 blackwall Westwind tire. The rear should be a 20" S-7 Bendix red band coaster brake with 20 x 1 3/4 blackwall Gripper Slik tire, no Stik Shift (it's valuable though). So, the seat / sissy bar were changed as were the taller handlebars from the shorter Jr. bars. The fenders and stem look original. Here's a picture of what it might have originally looked like: http://www.trfindley.com/flschwinn_1961_1970/1966dlr_Sting_Ray_Jr.html
    My opinion would be to not spend a lot of money trying to make it original as the ending value might not justify it. I'd go back to the coaster brake configuration, clean it up, and enjoy it.
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  10. Wildcat

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    The juniors show a lower set of apes, I checked the 67 and 68 models, all have the smaller handlebars. Here's the best pic I found of a 66 model:
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    The catalog shows a mini banana seat (polo), no sissy bar, but all the other pics I've found have a regular seat and sissy bar.
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