When is a Sears Spaceliner not a Spaceliner?

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  1. expjawa

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    OK, I know that there several answers to that question, since there were several other-branded versions of the Spaceliner. But in this case, I mean a Sears-brand bike with a Spaceliner frame that isn't a Spaceliner. Or any specific model, for that matter. I'd been looking for a Spaceliner for a build idea for a while, but it would seem that they're actually in-demand, and really never the sort of cheap I prefer. So this nearly-a-Spaceliner bike is probably perfect.

    I just bought this yesterday.
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    For $20, I couldn't pass it up. The guy I bought it from had retreived it from a scrap yard for $0.12 per pound, so he made money on it too. Clearly, it's the double-arched, extended dropout frame of a Spaceliner. But the only badging on it says "Sears".
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    The chainguard appears to be the standard Murray space-weight piece, the gold paint is scaley, but looks original, and it doesn't ever appear to have had a tank, OEM carriers (the one on it is aftermarket Wald), or any of the cool features of a Spaceliner. It has a single-band Bendix hub. I cleaned it up a bit with steelwool and WD40 and it looks alright:
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    There are numbers stamped on the dropout:
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    The stamping to the far right says "1981". Could that be a year? Was Sears selling middleweight bikes that late, especially with this frame?
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    I have one identical to that. Mine is a '64 as far as I can tell. I'll post a pic in a bit.
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    That is a cool Spaceliner kind of bike I guess it could be called a Goldliner, interesting gold bike.
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    Here's mine....

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    Wow, it is exactly the same. Save for the saddle, and your lights. How does the stamped numbering compare?
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    Ill have to look at it in the daylight....I'm not sure.
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    45502 is the Sears catalog #, plus the typical extra '0' at the end. I didn't see that exact # in my book, but it only goes to 1965, and doesn't have ALL catalog pages for every year. Most likely it's a later 60's model, a basic version of the deluxe Spaceliner. There were also Flightliners made the same way, same guard and Sears badging. -Adam

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