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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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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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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~!
Thanks! I wasn't sure how to do that last night.
 
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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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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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Are they big now?
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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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.
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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
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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.
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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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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#?
Not, I haven't. I haven't taken it apart yet.
 
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