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Old 04-04-20, 10:35 AM
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Worth a restore? New to vintage bikes

Hey everyone! im new to vintage bikes and im looking for an old cruiser style bike, preferably with a tank, that i can make my first restoration project! i have one in the area that i found, but i want to make sure it is something worth restoring. i dont want to go expensive, but also dont want to grab something that is worthless. it is a two-tone green Vintage Western Flyer tank bike. I have to do 10 posts before I post pics though....hopefully y'all can help me make a good decision on my first restore!

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Old 04-04-20, 11:17 AM
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Welcome to the forums TPM. Restoration is fun. The end result is a functional bike. First thing make sure bike is safe to ride. Pay close attention to tires over 20 years old & brakes. Make all repairs necessary before riding. As long as you can take it completely apart, clean each individual part and, put it back together again. You're good to go.
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Old 04-04-20, 11:19 AM
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Thanks! Wish I could send a pic, just trying to make sure I'm not dropping cash on a piece of junk!
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Old 04-04-20, 11:22 AM
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Do you see any labels, stickers, numbers on the components (brakes, cranks, shifters, derailleurs, wheels etc.)?
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Old 04-04-20, 11:28 AM
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In the current pics all I can see decal wise is "Western Flyer" and "Persons Worchester Mass"
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Persons would be the saddle logo if I am correct? You may want to post on the CABE as well; they have more knowledge concerning older cruisers.
https://thecabe.com/forum/
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Is something like this one? The picture is from TheCabe.
It worth some money, depends of the condition.
You can get more info and restoration advices on TheCabe.
Also you can find the missing parts which are missing there too.

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Depends on model but they are considered mid range for the most part, which is a good place to start. If pieces are missing it can be progressively difficult and expensive to find parts as you go up the ladder.

I had a couple bikes from Western Auto as child. They would have been made by another co and that may play a part in value. As mentioned, The Cabe is your best bet.
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