Western Flyer Help and Identification

Discussion in 'BIKE I.D. & VALUATION QUESTIONS' started by Stacey Maslyn, Nov 1, 2018.

  1. Stacey Maslyn

    Stacey Maslyn

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    Hello, Picked this up at an estate. I really know very little about vintage bikes. I was able to find very similar ones with a rocket on the tank. I would love some help with year, model, value, etc. Thanks
     

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  2. Phil Fink

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    Welcome newest member.
    A Huffman-built "fits-sooner safety-frame" of about ~1949 to ~1958.
    These were often middle weight bikes with 26 x 1.75" MW tires.
    The 8H in the serial # may reflect a 1958; (not sure if there was a 1948).
    Huffman was the builder (later Huffy).
    Western Auto was the store that sold them.
    WF Huffy 4.jpg
    Tanks alone are "listed" for $200, (not sure what they actually sell for).
    I have a rusty 1958 in the more "flamboyant" (metallic) red paint color; (paid less than $200).
    Your bike looks to mostly be all about there, less sheet metal fenders, chain guard, and rear rack. Front fork is backwards and missing truss rods.
    In 1957, Huffman introduced a then-new cantilevered frame which superseded this model; (perhaps a Schwinn design patent expired).
    Maybe another member may comment on the 'bat-mobile' versus 'drag-racer' artwork on the tanks. Cool white grips - if marked "Western Flyer".
    http://www.nostalgic.net/1948-huffman-catalog
     
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  3. Stacey Maslyn

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    Thank you so much! Is is a 26" bike?
     
  4. Phil Fink

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    Juvenile's (24" tires) was with a 16" frame measurement, versus the 18" shown, for the seat tube.
     
  5. Stacey Maslyn

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    So when listing it for sale should I call it a 18" bike?
     
  6. Phil Fink

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    Since they only offered one (full) size for boys and men, I would just call it a 26" bicycle based on the tire/wheel size; it is an 18" frame, (but that may confuse some).
    The "fits-sooner" and 18" means that some taller adults may find the bicycle a bit on the short side and have to raise the seat post, (but that's only a tall-people's problem).
     
  7. Stacey Maslyn

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    Great thank you, you have been so helpful. Im happy to have found these and several others that someone can refurbish!
     
  8. Flying Zombie

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    P.s., correct your front fork before sale. It'll help your chances of a fair value. It's backwards.
     

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