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Old 04-30-12, 07:22 PM   #1
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Ok, so this is my first time ever using a forum (so bare with me), but I am looking for some help. I have recently gotten into an all around bicycle hobby with my husband, and we both have decided to work on older vintage bikes. But to the point... I bought an AMF Roadmaster Discoverer and I know nothing about this bike (like I said I am kinda new at this). I really wanted to build my own cruiser, but now I'm a bit worried I would be destroying a classic by repainting/ reparting it. I do not know the year it was made, value, etc. And I have not been able to find anything that was of much help on the internet. So if anyone has any info or opinions your help would be much appreciated.





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Old 04-30-12, 07:33 PM   #2
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These are pretty common, so you are not destroying a classic by changing it to suit your needs. I would value it at about $50-$75 so no big money involved in my opinion. I would guess it was from the mid 1960's(?). Welcome to the forums and be sure to stop back with any questions or project updates. We are friendly/helpful bunch.
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These are pretty common, so you are not destroying a classic by changing it to suit your needs. I would value it at about $50-$75 so no big money involved in my opinion. I would guess it was from the mid 1960's(?). Welcome to the forums and be sure to stop back with any questions or project updates. We are friendly/helpful bunch.
Thanks a bunch! Makes me feel better about wanting to paint it. And I only paid $35 for it woohoo! I guess that means its time to get started on it. And thanks again for the info I'll def post updates
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The rear rack in good condition can fetch $75 alone believe it or not, so while it's not a rare bike some of the parts are ( in good condition ). I have a similar bike ( Very rough shape ) that I wanted to build a modern retro cruiser out of it, but the chrome parts are to far gone for cleaning and need to much labor for sandblasting & painting to make it a worth while build at this point. I started to look for replacement parts when I found a auction for the rear rack but it sold for $75 + $13 shipping and it was used. This is the second bike I have had like this in two years ( even the same color ) so I am going to hold onto it and see if I can find another one or at least some of the chrome parts.

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Pics don't show reality very well, but from what I see, it appears in reasonably good shape. I'd try a good cleaning followed by a bit of polishing wax. It may come back nicely. The fenders and crank have a bit of rust. I have used an oxalic acid bath on worse with decent results. There are plenty of posts in the archives about the use of oxalic acid so do some searching.

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Pics don't show reality very well, but from what I see, it appears in reasonably good shape. I'd try a good cleaning followed by a bit of polishing wax. It may come back nicely. The fenders and crank have a bit of rust. I have used an oxalic acid bath on worse with decent results. There are plenty of posts in the archives about the use of oxalic acid so do some searching.

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I agree the rust doesn't look bad at all, some Oxalic acid or Navel Jelly and some bronze wool will do wonders to that bike. I would try and clean the paint up also instead of repainting it, pick up some polishing compound and a good cleaner wax and go to town.

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Old 05-02-12, 04:35 PM   #7
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You might also check in at www.ratrodbikes.com and www.thecabe.com They're into this kind of bike.
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