Anyone know this bike?

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  1. fundreamer1

    fundreamer1 New Member

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    I just bought this bike at the flea market for $20.00 and thought it might make a good board track build. I have no idea what make it might be though, can anyone help? It has no serial numbers that I can find, the badge is worn off too much to make out. It does have some unusual features though.
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    fundreamer1 New Member

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    I think I can make out the last letters on the badge, "sprite"?
     
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    Allen_Wrench Resident Mad Scientist

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    I'm not sure what it is myself. But it has the same style of fat-tire cruiser frame as my JC Higgins, and it's WWII era. My Higgins looked a lot like that at first, so you have quite a bit of sanding ahead of you (unless you have money for sand/media blasting). But I know when I get done with mine, it'll have been worth it for me.
     
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    Is there any way to refresh or re highlight the old badge to make it readable? It is aluminum.
     
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    Dunno? that is the best I got for ya at the moment..
     
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    I'm going to try and see if I can get the badge to show up the wording if I can.
     
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    if the aluminum tag was stamped go and have it x-rayed lol even if it is wore of you will still be able to see the words. When mettle is stamped it goes deep into the mettle leaving the pattern of the word in the mettle even if ya grind the top layer off. Good luck
     
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    Thanks but it looks like it was just inked on.
     
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    the top bars remind me of a worksman frame, long shot but maybe its an old one of them? i haven't seen very many cruiser frames where the top bars were shaped like that, although i dndn't have any interest in cruisers until recently.
     
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    I know what you mean, at first the board track style didn't hold my attention, now they do. But as I said before, the badge seems to say "sprite" at the end of the name, but not sure about it. It would just be nice to find out and maybe get a new badge for it.
     
  13. bairdco

    bairdco a guy who makes cool bikes

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    it's a Western Flyer, probably late 50's, early 60's.

    Western Flyers were made for Western Auto by a bunch of different manufacturers, so it's hard to pinpoint the exact year from the serial numbers.
     
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    Thanks I appreciate it, I'll see if I can find some pictures of badges and try to match them up. I couldn't find a serial number on it though. Maybe when I start cleaning it I will find it.
     
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    I was able to clean up the badge enough to make out the last few letters, "ORN"
    Does anyone recognize this as the least letters on the name on a bike?
     
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    bairdco a guy who makes cool bikes

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    sure it's not ERN, as in WestERN?

    post a pic of the badge, maybe i can tell you for sure by the shape.
     
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    bairdco a guy who makes cool bikes

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    after looking at it again, it looks like a Wards/Hawthorne. basically the same frame style but the sprocket is common on Hawthornes.
     
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    Okay, here is the best pictures I could get of the badge, it kept reflecting the flash and made it too bright on most of my attempts.
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    bairdco a guy who makes cool bikes

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    That is it! Thank you very much! The only difference I see is that the rivets on mine are on the sides and not aligned top and bottom like the one in your picture.
    Again Thank you! Do you know where the serial number might be now? It would be nice to find out what year it was made. You ROCK!
     

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