My wife and I decided to take the dogs on a nice drive on Labor Day and then stop at the park for a walk. On the way, I noticed a couple of bikes sitting on the side of the road. One was a Typhoon, a bit rusty and beat but all original and all there. The other two were cheapos, one Sears Free Spirit and the other a JC Penneys. Nobody was home and, although it was obvious that they were trying to get rid of them, I wheeled them off the edge of the road and left a note. Got a call back after dinner and went to pick them up.
I'm going to scavenge the fenders off the Sears and JC Penneys bike, they are nice and straight. Then it's off to the dump with them.
I looked up the serial on the Typhoon and it was built on 7/26 1963. The handlebars are pretty rusty and the tires are dry-rotted but everything else is in pretty good shape. I think I'm going to just fix it up and ride it as it's not in good enough shape to do much else with. I have a few decisions to make though... I was thinking of just cleaning up the frame and leaving it the way it is or possibly sanding it and repainting it something outlandish. The bars will need to be redone, I'll probably just go over them with some chrome spraypaint.
Anybody else work on and ride these bikes? I love the thing, it's exactly what I was looking for to tool around our local rails-to-trails. The thing is a bomber, it weighs a ton. I'll bet with some TLC it will ride like a dream. So... To leave the original black with all the decals or to sand it and paint it orange...