Bike from the Dead's Freshly-Exhumed Finds (Everything I've dug up since 6/15/21)

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Earlier this Sunday, I went to the Springfield, Missouri bicycle swap meet. I was hoping to find parts to fix up all my current project bikes. While I didn't find as much as I had hoped, I still found a decent amount of parts that I could use. Here's what I brought home from Springfield: 1 AMF wheel, 1 AMF thank headlight lens, 1 handlebar, 1 rectangular headlight, 1 rigid fork, 1 Schwinn springer fork, 1 Schwinn feather chain guard, 2 perfectly seasoned seats, and 1 Waverly girl's bike built by The Westfield Manufacturing Company. I spent more than I anticipated at $190 ($164 after factoring in what I sold,) plus a couple trades, but I'm pretty happy with what I got. All these parts are going to help get my project bikes back on the road!
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Up first is an AMF front wheel I bought for $3. I really needed a rear wheel, but as long as I have the hoop, I can lace it back up with a coaster brake hub.
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Next, I got an AMF headlight piece and lens that look to have come off a girl's bike. I don't really need the chrome pice, but that original plastic lens is just what I need for my 1962 AMF-built Western Flyer Sonic Flyer I'm rebuilding. I traded 2 Schwinn feather chain guards for this and a couple other parts.
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I actually got both the wheel and headlight piece for my Western Flyer I got from my grandpa. I didn't know which wheel was original to the bike at first, but I eventually figured it out. Only the front wheel was correct for the bike, so I'll need to redo this wheel hoop with a coaster brake hub. I might stick with the Komet Super hub that was originally on this bike when I got it, or I'll install a Bendix hub. I'll also want to use that headlight lens in place of the 3D-printed reproduction lens I got some time ago.
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Next is this Schwinn chain guard that I paid $20 for. I plan to use it on my 1950 Schwinn DX bike, The Schwinn Dixie Dreamcycle, in place of the previous chain guard. That flat spot in the middle is the perfect place for a decal with the name of the bike.
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Next is a fork I traded for along with that AMF headlight lens. This will replace the fork that snapped on Schwinn Dixie last year. The steerer tube is about an inch too long, but it'll be easier (and safer) to thread and cut this fork, than to slice and splice a new steerer tube to a busted/shorter fork.
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Next is a handlebar that I traded for along with those other 2 previously mentioned items. I have an idea which bike I'll use it on, but nothing's set in stone just yet.
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I also found this generator-powered headlight for $5 that I thought would be a nice alternative option for my 2021 MBBO project, The Prowler. Don't know if I'll use it or not, but it's got a good look.
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Up next is a part I'm really excited about: an early Schwinn springer fork! I don't know which bike I'll throw this on yet, but it turns out that it came off a bike I traded for at my first bicycle swap meet in Springfield back in 2019! I've long since parted with (and parted out) that bike, but it's funny how I got both the frame and fork on two separate occasions!
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I'm not done yet though! There's still more to come.
 
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More finds from Springfield!

I bought this cool seat for $35. I want to say it's a Troxel, but it's hard to made out the brand. It's a little rough, but it's still got padding, and I love the character. I'm thinking of installing this on my Black Phantom frame I found earlier this year. I think it'd be a perfect match for the way I want to build this bike.
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This seat was one of the last purchases I made before I left the swap meet. It's rough, but for $2, it was perfect! It's still got plenty of padding left in it, nothing's seized on it, and it's got the perfect ratty character! It makes me think of those canvas "desert water bags" I see on some classic cars. I want to say this is a Troxel too, but it's even harder to tell what brand used to be on that circle in the middle of the seat. What's really cool is that I knew just what bike I wanted to use this seat on the moment I saw it!
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As soon as I got the chance, I mocked it up on the rusty Murray Meteor Flite I bought a few weeks ago. I think it's perfect! I wasn't too sold on the rust at first, but it's amazing how one piece can make a bike! In fact, it got me so pumped that I'm thinking about throwing this bike into the Build Off this year! I just need to figure out what name to give this project...
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Don't go anywhere! There's still one last find to share from Springfield!
 
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I didn't intend to bring another complete bike home with me from Springfield, but this bike was practically a rolling parts-pack! It's a Waverly bike build by the Westfield Manufacturing Company. I don't know what year it is, but it almost looks like an early postwar bike. The frame's different than other balloon tire Westfield step-thru bikes from the 1950s, but I don't know. I'm not real familiar with these Westfield/Columbia bikes. What I do know however is that I got a great deal on this bike for $50, and I didn't (okay, couldn't; I tried) haggle for it! I mostly got it for that wicked industrial-looking springer fork, but there's plenty of other good part on it beside that. The fenders aren't in too bad of shape, aside from some small dents here and there, the wheels are good, the chainring's cool, I could probably use the handlebars on another build, the seat post is good, one of the tubes still holds air, and even the frame's not too shabby. Heck, after throwing a different front wheel and tire on it, I found the bike even rolls and stops! It really needs a new chain, but it's a rider!
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While I'm fairly certain this bike will be parted out for my other rides, I still just had to fiddle around in Photoshop to see what this bike would look like if it was converted to a men's bike. Got to say, I like the possibilities.
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Here's the other bike I picked up from my grandparents last Wednesday: a 2-speed Schwinn Deluxe Racer, built in October 1967! I'm fully convinced this thing is 99% original, save for maybe the tires and tubes. Part of me wants to keep this bike, as it's still rideable, albeit in need of some maintenance, and it's something from family, not an ad off Craigslist or Marketplace. Truth be told though, as nice of a bike as this is, I can't see myself riding this bike much. I don't know why, but I just never got into these road/track bikes like I did cruisers and muscle bikes. So, as nice as this bike is, I'm thinking I'll be happier if I sell it or trade it for something I really want.
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The taillight still works, but the headlight doesn't light up now for some reason. My guess is the failing electrical tape on the wire leading to the headlight. I remember applying that a few years ago, as the wire frayed, but I guess it's no longer doing its job. I do remember that headlight still worked last time, though.
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Small detail, but is that how the bolt holding the chain guard to the frame is supposed to go? I thought it was supposed to be the other way around...
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What a great looking Schwinn Racer. Looks to be a 3 speed probably with a Sturmey Archer hub. The overall design of these skinny tired Schwinns coupled with the 1020 steel frames make for very smooth riding bicycles.
 
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Okay, I wish I could've posted this a month ago, (like, to the day,) but here's my freshest find as of August 17th. Saw an ad on Marketplace for 5 free bikes and some other stuff close to home while I was still house-sitting in Sapulpa. Wasn't even sure everything would still even be there after the 3-4 hours since the ad was posted, but to my good fortune, everything was still there! Not only did I get all 5 bikes (which for the most part are just good for parts,) but I even got an old train set too!
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First, the bikes: I haven't taken the time to identify all of them yet, but I at least know what some of them are.

First, what I'm guessing is some 1960s-1970s Murray-built 10-speed bike. Nothing fancy, but it could be a good parts donor for the coolest bike out of the lot, or it could even be a nice bike on its own. Looks like it's got the most... innovative reflector too, made out of a chunk of a road sign!
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Next, another Murray-built road bike from the 1970s at the earliest. This once was sold through JC Penney apparently. Not sure what I want to do with it, but it's got some great parts. The chrome is pretty mint on this one!
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Next is an AMF Starlight. This would make a great rider, if the frame and fork weren't bent. Shame too, I like the color. Still, there are plenty of parts on this bike that are worth saving.
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The fourth bike in this collection of freebies is this AMF Debutante. I really love the chain guard and handlebars on this one! Part of me wants to part this bike out, but another part of me wants to chop this one up and convert it to a stretched boy's bike! Either way, this one's got potential!
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Last but by no means the least, my favorite frame of the bunch: This mid-70s Sears Free Spirit 10-speed! I'm not 100% sure who built this one (I'm guessing Murray) and I can't tell what size wheels it had (my guess is 24", based on the size of the frame and what I've read on these.) What I do know is this bike was originally red, white and blue, and it's a twin tube frame. That automatically makes it one of my coolest freebie bike finds, at least in my opinion! It's definitely missing a few parts, but it's got potential. I haven't messed with 10-speed bikes before, but this would be a great candidate to start with!
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And now for something completely different: old model trains! I don't know much about the one I found for free next to the dumpster everything else was sitting against, but as a bit of a train nut, the moment I saw that box with old toy train stuff, I had to bring it back with me. I doubt any of the tracks or even the engine still work or could be salvaged, but at the very least it could make a great display piece after some dusting. I just didn't want to see it get thrown away!
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Brought home another freebie this Sunday! This time it's a vintage girl's Huffy bike that once served as wall decor in some guy's shop before I got it. I'm not too sure what this bike started life as though. On one hand, it looks like a muscle bike frame, and the banana seat and sissy bar seem to indicate that. On the other hand, it could've started out as a kid's cruiser, since it has a pair of full fenders, the handlebars are more cruiser than muscle, and the wheels have only 20 spokes each. I couldn't find any matches to the frame through Google, though I did see an original muscle bike version of this same frame the day just before I got this bike.

Admittedly, I don't need to be bringing home more bikes, especially when they don't have any parts that could be donated to my current projects. That said, I figured I could try something new with this bike. Normally, I build bikes for myself and no one else, as this is a hobby for me, but I'm strapped for cash right now. After the positive response I got from my last RRBBO entry, I figured I could try building a bike for the sole purpose of selling it and making some much-needed cash. Granted, I don't know what a bike like this could realistically fetch, especially given the condition and the fact that it's a girl's bike. Still, it didn't cost me anything more than maybe a gallon of gas or two to acquire this bike, and I should have enough parts to build this bike into something rideable. I think the real challenge will be not getting too attached to this bike, because I do actually like the frame style.
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After wiping the dust off:
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Also turns out the tubes hold air, at least long enough for taking a few pics.
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And now for some detail shots:
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One issue I'm going to have to work around if I want to make this bike rideable again: someone decided a long time ago, for whatever reason, to cut into the steerer tube and pry it open! I don't know what they were thinking, but ultimately, I doubt I can use this fork again. I'm sure someone more skilled than me could weld a new steerer tube onto this fork, but I haven't had the best luck with that. I bet I could remove the fork using Dad's cut-off wheel though, and I have plenty of good forks I could use on this bike.
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Saw this hole under the top tube. I'm guessing it was for letting gases out while the frame was welded together.
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Saw this stamped on the kickstand.
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I think this is the serial number for the bike. It was under the bottom bracket. Looks like "2047." Anyone know what that means?
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