Firestone Cruiser

Discussion in 'BIKE I.D. & VALUATION QUESTIONS' started by friendofthedevil, Aug 31, 2017.

  1. friendofthedevil

    friendofthedevil

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    I'm not sure what I bought last weekend. My first guess was early '50s Murray built, but there's no 'M' in the S/N. Has a Mussleman 'M' rear hub. Spokes are mushy. Could these be original chrome rims? Came with a set of past-their-prime peaked fenders and a set of way past-their-prime Torrington pedals.

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  2. RustySprockets

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    I think you made a good call on both the manufacturer and time frame. I'm told that the collar present at the top of seat tube is a Murray fingerprint. Post war...but probably not by much.

    If the spokes have lost their tension, there's a good chance they can be quickly snugged-up in a truing stand--those wheels do not look bad at all. Torrington pedals can be repacked with a little effort. Loose bearings are readily available and inexpensive.
     
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  3. Scribble

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    Ditto

    I also think @A.S.BOLTNUT was selling one of these a little bit ago.

    J.C Higgins frames with the FireStone head badge, are few and far between.
     
  4. Wildcat

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    I found a couple pics of Murray made Firestones with that chain guard, pics say "made in the 50's". Looks like your wheels might be original. Wish I had bigger pics.

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  5. Jarod24

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    Murray built 1950s for sure.
     
  6. Rustinkerer

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    Firestone had their own proprietary coding system. There's a post on the Cabe that explains it somewhat. I do know the Murray built Firestones show up in the catalogs in the late '40s. ~Adam
     

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