Need help identifying year of Western "Galaxy" Flyer

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I am curious of the year and manufacturer of my Galaxy Flyer. The serial numbers are MO 2020 97 / U3659533. Thanks for the help.
 

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Murray built. I don't know the serial numbers for Murrays, but that is just like the Murray Monterey. My guess would be 1980s to 1990s.
 
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Western Flyer was the store brand of bikes sold in Western Auto Stores. Just about every U.S. major manufacturer produced bikes for them over the years, and a couple of European makers as well. Differences from a late 60s or 70s Murray are the length of the fenders, plating process on the rims, and different hubs.
 
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Wait a minute.
It's older than I thought, it has pointy dropouts. Pretty sure Murray stopped that in the mid to late 60s, so I'm off on the age.
Blade forks as well, so probably 60s.
I should have expanded the pics to full size before.
 

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They used pointy dropouts on some models all the way to the end. The changeover to unicrown forks was in the early '80s, I think. Graphics and color feel '70s to early '80s to me. I have some notes somewhere about the later Murray serials...I just need to remember where I put them :grin:.
 
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The cropped fenders and big reflectors are late 80's, looks like the same model as the Westport, as noted above.
 

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No numbers then?

Where are the serials located (headtube or dropout or BB)? Are there actually gaps between the MO and 2020 and 97? Could the MO be an M0?
 

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I think it is a 1970…possibly 1980 due to the M0 (Murray changed to M# for year in '68). I think 1980 is out because the black sticker should have a date code by then. At some point Murray went back to MO# for year by the '80s, but I don't know precisely what year that was. No BMA/6 sticker, but that doesn't help anyway because '70 is pre sticker and by '80 it had long since been abandoned. My only reservation about '70 is that I don't know when the serials were moved to the head tube...'70 seems early...so '70 or '80.
 
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I think it is a 1970…possibly 1980 due to the M0 (Murray changed to M# for year in '68). I think 1980 is out because the black sticker should have a date code by then. At some point Murray went back to MO# for year by the '80s, but I don't know precisely what year that was. No BMA/6 sticker, but that doesn't help anyway because '70 is pre sticker and by '80 it had long since been abandoned. My only reservation about '70 is that I don't know when the serials were moved to the head tube...'70 seems early...so '70 or '80.
@RustyGold - so great. I will take it.

I found the another thread on RatRods for someone else with the same bike frame and M0 serial number. Bought a western flyer and need help | Rat Rod Bikes

Thanks everyone. That was fun.
 
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I think it is a 1970…possibly 1980 due to the M0 (Murray changed to M# for year in '68). I think 1980 is out because the black sticker should have a date code by then. At some point Murray went back to MO# for year by the '80s, but I don't know precisely what year that was. No BMA/6 sticker, but that doesn't help anyway because '70 is pre sticker and by '80 it had long since been abandoned. My only reservation about '70 is that I don't know when the serials were moved to the head tube...'70 seems early...so '70 or '80.
So I found B078 on the handlebar stem. Then the brake has BENDIX 76 MEXICO - not sure that I can count on that to be original and the 76 to be for 1976 but that is what I am assuming now. And the B078 to mean 1978.

I learned a lot about this bike through this thread. Thanks for the help. It was fun. I see why you guys get hooked on this.
 

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Bendix 76 is for the 1976 introduction of that hub ('75 actually, but close enough), preceded by the Bendix 70. If the wheelset is original, I'd call it an '80. I would guess the B078 is a part number...if year, they could have had them in inventory for quite awhile as I believe the stems and cranks were sourced from Ashtabula.
 
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