Posted by: Ed Girardin TITLE: MIDDLEWEIGHT: Info Wanted
Recently purchased a Murray Missile, 26 inch, all original but for tires and repaint on tank and guard. overall condition is excellent but for faded gold metallic paint. Headlight lens is cracked and faded, need a replacement, and fram numbers on left rear wheel mount are M 06 20x56 316102 rear hub says Korne? 1 super 161 36. Would like to know if possible, year, value although not ever for sale, and rarity. Would like to Repaint it coca cola red with cream, gold pinstripe, but only if it wont destroy a rare bike. Will go original to preserve the bike for posterity if thats the better choice. Thanks, Ed in Tucson.
Posted by Jim
Those bells are common and came with all sorts of designs on the top. You may want to add a vintage electric horn (handlebar mount). These were produced in the early 60~s in great numbers by Japanese companies and you can pick up an NOS one on Ebay for a very reasonable price. Plus they were styled to look good on a bike such as yours.
Posted by Ed
Thanks, Jim. I~m experimenting with a two part rubber mold of the headlight lens and a clear epoxy resin to try to recreate a lens. I have a 3 speed shimano setup from a 61? schwinn, and am trying to locate an original rear carrier. I ride it regularly, so I have swapped out the seat, as well as the pedals, and put them away. Also, this bike has a bell on it, chrome, has a painting of four leaf clovers on the cover, which simply unscrews from the top, and appears to be of the same vintage as the bike. I cleaned and oiled it and it works perfectly. Ever heard of one before? Thanks. Ed.
Posted by Jim
Ed, feel free to do whatever you want with that bike. It~s value will be less than $150. It~s missing the carrier, and the rear hub is a single speed coaster brake Komet Super (German manufacture). Usually to get a replacement lens for the tank you will have to buy a whole tank - they show up occasionally on Ebay. As to the age, it would be early 1960~s. If you want to repaint it red, then get a set of nice whitewall tires and clean up the rims. Don~t go wild and have everything rechromed, since that alone would be more than the value of the bike. You might want to get some period accessories such as a fender ornament, different seat with a crash rail, etc. A speedometer would be nice, but sometimes the tank interferes with the cable. Just do what you want to it and enjoy it!
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