Huffy Key West

Discussion in 'CLASS 1 - MUSCLE BIKE 2019 BUILD JOURNALS' started by SoDakRat, Oct 8, 2019.

  1. SoDakRat

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    received_380871392578905.jpeg My little brother bought this for me. He saw it on Marketplace and thought of me. So I'm going to build it up into a muscle bike. I don't know anything about it, but this is what I'm starting with. If you guys know anything about it or what year it might be from, let me know.
     
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  2. RustyGold

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    Welcome to RRB!

    I'd guess its late '80s/early '90s...if it has a flag sticker on the seat tube that would pretty much cement it in that range.
     
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    Welcome to the fun of a RRB build off!

    Just a tip, when you upload your photos, click on "Full Image" and then the image will load so we see it in full view, and don't have to re-click on the file again.

    I don't think we have many, if any, from S. Dakota on this site. Welcome again!

    RaT oN~!
     
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    Thanks! I wasn't sure how to do that last night.
     
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    20191009_101442.jpg 20191009_101416.jpg 20191009_095312.jpg 20191009_095326.jpg 20191009_095636.jpg This thing has been sitting for so long that there is moss growing on the seat! It makes me happy knowing I'm going to give a new life to a bike that someone loved. Judging by the tires wear pattern, they rode the crap out of it. Also, it has a bicycle license sticker from the largest city in our state, which is about an hour away from me. And it has a sticker for "Woodmen of America."
     
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    Well, your first photo came out big anyway! :wink1:
    Click Full Size for each one you load to a post.

    Those stickers and head tag tell the story of this bike. It would be cool to keep them. I did a restore of my friend's '69 Schwinn Stingray a couple of MBBO's ago. Basically, I used 3M blue tape over the stickers and logos I wanted to keep. Make sure you seal the tape well along the edges of the stickers. Leave on through the cleaning, priming, and painting process.

    Here are a few photos from what I did with his.

    What it looked like when I got it....

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    With the blue tape applied to prep the paint 'refresh'. I just used the factory match paint and did a spray over on the original. No primer coat.

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    The results. His bicycle license, Twins logo, etc intact just the way they were in 1969. The Schwinn approved water decals were added to go along with the refresh.

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    Are they big now?
     
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    And I do plan to keep the stickers. I have 3 local bike in my collection. One is a 70s fair lady 20" with my home town stickers and license and the other is an 85 predator black shadow from the same town as this bike.
     
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    That headtube sticker is commonly found on early 80s huffys (~'79-'83). Check the serial, it should start with HC# (could be H# or #H as well)...that number is the last digit of the year. So an HC2, for this bike, should indicate 1982.
     
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    I always like the little historical details on bikes. Stickers and license plates are cool finds.
     
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    So I did some disassembling. Polished up the Chrome on the sissy bar. It came up pretty nice. The seat is going to take a lot of work but I managed to save the cover for a template. 20191009_131352.jpg 20191009_132325.jpg 20191009_132343.jpg 20191009_132843.jpg 20191009_132848.jpg 20191009_133253.jpg
     
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    So this is the best I could get the serial at the moment. 31777huffyk0397 I believe there seems to be un upside down 43 too under the serial 20191010_130137.jpg
     
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    Bike number 397 built on July 31, 1977?

    That was a Sunday, but I’m sure factories were running 24/7/365 back then

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    I've seen this format of serial before, and believe there is a date code in there...but, I don't believe it is as early as a '77 based on the graphics.
     
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    I really think this is just a cookie-cutter frame that they put different colors of seats and grips and stickers on and called it a different model because I have seen this exact frame on about 10 other bikes. Look. 4 out of 6 have the same frame and fenders. Screenshot_20191010-200731_Chrome.jpg
     
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    Yeah...there is nothing special about these girls bikes...they had a ridiculous variety of model names for essentially the same bike. However, the SN challenge is real :thumbsup:. I found a little tidbit that might indicate this is a '77, but not the same tidbit as Dr.T...but, I'm still having trouble believing this bike pre-dated Miami Vice :grin:.

    Have you looked on the head tube for an ID#?
     
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    IMG_20191007_220315655.jpg looks alot like this one I parted out.
     
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    Well they have nice donar parts. Seat and sissy bar at least. And there are plenty of them around.
     
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    Not, I haven't. I haven't taken it apart yet.
     
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