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Old 11-07-15, 09:02 PM
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Huffy Pro Thunder BMX Project

When I was a youngster growing up the bike I rode the hell out of was my brand new 1983 Huffy Pro Thunder my parents got me for Christmas to replace my older 70's Huffy bike. I rode that bike until I got my first car. Sure, most of the other kids had expensive BMX bikes made by Hutch, Skyway, Mongoose, etc but we were poor and my parents spent the most they could and got me the Pro Thunder 4 which was yellow and blue and had mag wheels. Back in 1983 paying close to $200 for a kids bike was not something most poor families could do.

I was browsing craigslist today and a new ad popped for "Old Huffy BMX $20.00" and there was no pic on the ad and no description, but there was a phone number to text. I sent him a text and he sent me a pic. I seen the front frame gusset and knew right away it was a Huffy Competition Series BMX. He arranged to deliver the bike to my work and said he would throw in a newer Mongoose outer limits BMX in rough shape if I wanted it.

I knew this Huffy was from the early 1980's and when he delivered it, I was surprised on the condition of the bike. It's dirty and has some minor rust, but it's in really good shape for how old it is. This is a 1983 Huffy Pro Thunder 3 BMX bike. The ACS alloy stem and the handlebars are not stock, but the rest of it is original, but someone removed all the precious labels from the frame...........









Since the bars are not original (the factory v-bars were ugly anyway) and it's not mint, I am not going to try and restore this bike to original, but like my other Huffy bikes, I am gonna make it sweet! I will start by stripping it down and doing a total cleaning and service. I have the other Mongoose with a freewheel, caliper brakes, pegs, and other parts so I might lose the coaster brake and do a freewheel conversion.

I have no freaking clue why a 6' tall 230 lb adult would want to buy a 20" BMX, but I rode it around for about 30 minutes and had a lot of fun! I also broke a sweat and got a workout trying wheelies and tail whips with it

Updates as I make progress since I also have a Huffy beach cruiser project to do also.

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Old 11-07-15, 10:08 PM
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Good story and good luck with your restoration. Keep us posted.
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Dont thnk it was any where near $200 brand new, low end bike
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Old 11-08-15, 08:59 AM
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Originally Posted by GaryPierson
Dont thnk it was any where near $200 brand new, low end bike

Know your Huffy History. Not all they sold were crap...........



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The weather was really nice the last few days so I went ahead and got this entire project complete over the weekend. I started by tearing the bike down to nothing and then polishing all the chrome. I then redid all the bearings and sanded the frame down. I found a really close matching metallic blue paint and repainted the frame. I swapped tires with some tires from a spare Mongoose bike, and replaced the chain, pedals, and saddle. Check it out.............















What do ya think?

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nice work. looks good. maybe some yellow grips & yellow pedals?
love those bmx's. today I took mine out and rode for 1/2 hour. being 6'1" and 75, i get a lot of looks.

i have worked on some old Huffy's and some are quality for sure.

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I been thinking about the yellow. As a matter of a fact, if the metallic blue paint I found was not a close match, I would have painted it yellow. I also thought about yellow trim, yellow pads, etc, but today my buddy at work told me he has the original V-bars, grips, and saddle for this bike, so updates coming soon! I might even have my local sign shop make me some decals. Also considering finding more suitable tires

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Originally Posted by Johnny Mullet

What do ya think?
Gotta give you some props on this one and on your dogged devotion to Huffy. The bike turned out great! I'm in no way a Huffy fan but I've enjoyed checking out your bikes.
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Hey Johhny, do you know what year thus Huffy is? Thanks in advance, Elmore.
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Hey Johhny, do you know what year thus Huffy is? Thanks in advance, Elmore.
If you can read the serial # on the bottom bracket the first number will be the last number of the year and then you identify the decade by the components and the headbadge sticker. Look for any sticker that says "Made in USA" or "Made in China" on it. Huffy bicycles were produced in China in 1999 to present.

For instance. if the first number on the serial number is a 5 then it was built in 1965, 1975, 1985, 1995, 2005, etc. Then you identify the decade. That headbadge sticker was used from the mid 90's to now. If you see "Made in USA" on it, then it's a 1995. If you see "Made in China", then it's a 2005 model.
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Originally Posted by Johnny Mullet
If you can read the serial # on the bottom bracket the first number will be the last number of the year and then you identify the decade by the components and the headbadge sticker. Look for any sticker that says "Made in USA" or "Made in China" on it. Huffy bicycles were produced in China in 1999 to present.

For instance. if the first number on the serial number is a 5 then it was built in 1965, 1975, 1985, 1995, 2005, etc. Then you identify the decade. That headbadge sticker was used from the mid 90's to now. If you see "Made in USA" on it, then it's a 1995. If you see "Made in China", then it's a 2005 model.
OK thanks. It is definitely made in China. So not that old.
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hey Johnny, your huffy 20 incher came out great! This is my 80 scrambler that is my favorite bike I own. We gotta get together and talk bikes sometime. I'm in Madison off rt 20 close to the lake. Kevin.
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Nice, I think I remember seeing that bike on CL. The bars and possibly also the stem are off a Schwinn FreeForm
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Nice bike. If I ever find a Stu Thomsen, I'm going to do the same thing for the same reasons.
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The only concern with this bike is the incredibly thin seat post. Looks like it's 13/16" diameter post, but I don't sit in the saddle much.
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Huffy made one in 1984 (maybe '85?) that was a CW copy (or the bars were) -- chrome , etc. -- was a nice looking bike as i recall , --- my brother had it, - was stolen from him before he made too many memories

I'd pay a reasonable amount for a 330 Team Murray from tthe late 70's if i found one also --- cheap bike, but was my first bmx, so i'd like one for my mini-museum
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I have removed the pegs. This is a BMX and not a freestyle bike. Been riding it all week before work and during lunch. The crappy Mongoose 20" freestyle bike I got with it was put together and it will end up my shop beater bike and this Huffy is coming home with me.
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I will be using the BMX to beat around this winter. In order to ride it comfortably I needed a laid back seat post, but I needed something strong since I am still over 200 lbs. I was throwing scrap out and found the solid piece of steel pipe that was already bent. I measured it and it was 13/16" but kinda too long. I whacked it shorter in the chop saw, slapped some Kentucky Chrome on it and BLAMO....................





Now a big guy can ride a BMX no problem!
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You are only as old as you feel.........







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L(0)(0)King pretty good on that bike Johnny. Keep it up.
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Got an early Christmas present from a friend and what a great gift it is! A new BMX pad set................





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That finishes it off pretty nice Johnny.

here us my latest creation.
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See its not a $200 bike i was rite, its still low end junk...
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Originally Posted by GaryPierson
See its not a $200 bike i was rite, its still low end junk...
Yeah, well it's my low end junk and I just dropped another $60.00 on era correct BMX dirt skinwall tires and tubes into it. I also might drop a small fortune on reproduction Pro Thunder decals just to make you angry.

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