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Vintage Bike Restorations

Vintage bike restorations come in many packages. Each package is dependent on what your restoration needs are, from complete super overhaul restorations that will have your classic bike looking as if it is fresh off the line to our regular package that will get your bike back in working order we have a package that will work for you. A rat rod bike is a style of custom bicycle that imitates or exaggerates the early hot rods of the 1940s, 1950s, and early 1960s. We offer vintage bike sales for your average do-it-yourselfer or if you want to purchase a rat rod style bicycle contact us for information regarding your build. Check out our online store for parts for your next custom rat rod build.

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The People Powered Vehicle

The People Powered Vehicle, or PPV, was a two-person pedal-powered car introduced in the United States during the oil crisis of the early 1970s. Manufactured by EVI of Sterling Heights, Michigan, it sold for less than $400.[1] Although it offered luggage space and was marketed as a fun and practical vehicle, it offered limited weather protection and was not fast enough to substitute for a car.

The PPV may be considered a forerunner of the modern velomobile. This tricycle was manufactured with a three-speed, floor shift, open type transmission with a single-wheel drive. Either the driver or the passenger could pedal independently or as a team. Reverse was accomplished by reaching outside and turning one of the rear wheels by hand. At one time, a rear-hinged, surrey top was available. Most were manufactured with a dark blue bottom and a white hood. Red or yellow bottoms with white tops were also offered. Sometimes bicycle accessories were added, e.g. squeeze bulb horn and a rear view mirror.

The PPV was designed for two adult riders, and with frame and body the total weight could approach three times that of a conventional single-rider bicycle. However, the PPV was fitted with just one brake, of a type intended to be just one of two brakes on a conventional single-rider bicycle (an Atom drum brake built in to the front wheel). Thus, even at relaxed speeds on level ground, the PPV brakes were dangerously inadequate.

An upgraded version of this vehicle is currently (2011) being offered by the International Surrey Company Ltd. under the trade name Impello.

Scrambler 36/36

1980 schwinn scrambler 36-36

1980 36 spokes mean a strong wheel at minimum weight to make this Scrambler 36/36 competitor on tracks all over the country.

1980 schwinn scrambler 36-36
Schwinn Scrambler 36/36

Freewheeling rear wheel with caliper brakes or coaster brakes. Schwinn carbon steel, gusset reinforved BMX frame and competition tubular fork. Chrome cross braced handlebar. 6 1/2 inch crank arms.
Weight 33 pounds

Colors: Cardinal red, Sky blue, and chrome.

BX6-0 Scrambler 36/36 with freewheel
BX7-0 Scrambler 36/36 chrome plated with freewheel
BX6-6 Scrambler 36/36 with coaster brake

This 1980's Schwinn Scrambler has the Lester Schwinn Mag Wheels only available as a upgrade through the Sears Catalog.

Montgomery Ward Hawthorne Custom Klunker

Brian's 1948 Montgomery Ward

Here is Brian's 1948 Montgomery Ward Hawthorne Custom Klunker 26" Bicycle with 70mm Sturmey Archer Drum brakes, Sturmey Archer three piece cranks, Odyssey Triple Trap pedals, Brooks England Saddle with Yellow powder Coating and Mr. Tick Bars and Maxxis tires.

General Hustler Pro Series

1985 General Hustler Pro Series

1985 General Hustler Pro Series we restored for Tony out of Dallas Texas. We started with fresh powder coating and new custom decals, then we added new old stock ACS Rotor old school gyro, new Pro Line Polished three piece cranks, MK Chrome pedals, new Tough II White Mag Wheels, new old stock Royal Enfield kickback seat post, Dominator Seat with Dia Comp MX1000 Brakes with Sealed Bottom Bracket conversion kit.

Monark Cruiser

1949 Monark Cruiser

Here is the beginning of a restoration on Clint's 1949 Monark Cruiser 26" Bicycle. This bike is getting a riding restoration that includes, cleaning, greasing, new bearings, rebuilt wheels, new tires, new tubes, new grips and chain. This bike will be used to ride around on a weekly basis and will be a Rat Rod Bicycle that is ready to ride but still has that old school look.

Kuwahara Bike

Kuwahara Bike

E.T. Has landed on his original Kuwahara bike from Osaka, Japan. The Red/White colors was exclusively created and licensed for the movie. There were three types of these made for the movie and licensing after, two of them were looptail type frame with KZ type double gussets. One of these was a high end with Japanese components and the other featured less exotic parts to keep the cost down. The 3rd model was the cheap Apollo frame with single gusset, non loop tail frame. These were sold in department stores so be careful not to mistake these for the higher end Loop tail version. Thanks to my friend Dan for allowing us to display this work of art!

1985 Huffy Racing

1985 Huffy Racing 20 Street Track Certified BMX

Checkout this 1985 Huffy Racing 20 street track certified BMX. We just did a riding restoration with all new bearings and grease, tires, tubes and a few extra details. Now it’s ready to ride! Who else had a bike like this as a kid?

Schwinn Phantom Scrambler

Here is a 1980's Schwinn Phantom Scrambler We Restored for Tony

Schwinn Phantom Scrambler
The Schwinn Phantoms are perfect for street or easy-off-road use, built with the quick responses of a true BMX racing machines.

1980 schwinn phantom scrambler
The Phantom features an exclusives Schwinn BMX frame design, competition style saddle, coaster brake, Schwinn BMX braced handlebar, Schwinn forged fork, and 20 x 2.125 inch Schwinn Scrambler tires. Choice of nylon MAG wheels or spoked wheels. Weight 33 pounds.

Colors:
Black Sable Yellow wheels, Cardinal Red Yellow wheels, Sky Blue Yellow wheels and Chrome plated Black wheels.

Phantom Scrambler:
B15-6 Painted Finish
B17-6 Chrome Finish

Montgomery Ward Monark Silver King Aluminum Antique Bicycle

1937 Montgomery Ward Monark

1937 Montgomery Ward Monark Silver King Aluminum Antique Bicycle with key lock front forks. We added the 24" x 3.0" Felt Thick Brick tires, Brooks B17 Black Saddle with all new bearings and grease this cruiser is ready to ride.

Heidemann-Works Hanover Rotorjet

1955 German made Heidemann-Works Hanover Rotorjet 20” Girls Bicycle.

We restored this for Philip out of Fort Worth, Texas as a gift for his childhood friend, who has owned this bicycle since she was a young lady. Here you can see the before and after pictures that show you how extensive a bicycle restoration can be. This restoration had its own unique challenges such as recreating the decals, you cannot purchase these, so we custom make the decals to best resemble the original water slides they used on antique bicycles.

1987 Hutch Windstyler Custom Restored Vintage BMX Bicycle.

1987 Hutch Windstyler Custom Restored Vintage BMX Bicycle


The Beginning

Hutch was started by a guy named Richard Hutchins. Richard was a bike shop owner in Maryland. Sometime around 1979 or 1980 he put his bike ideas into motion and started his own company. He of course named it Hutch. I don't know his age when he started the company but he was probably in his thirties. Profile designed and manufactured the first Hutch frames (up to around 82). This is of course the same Profile who are famous for their 3 piece cranks. Later Speed Unlimited (in New Jersey) took over production. Speed Unlimited were the makers of the racing bikes called Thruster.

Interesting little bit of info:

Speed Unlimited was also starting to pile up a lot of good Hutch bikes that had minor chrome flaws. Richard was extremely particular with the chrome on a Hutch as it was basically what he marketed his bikes with. This is where colored Hutch frames came in. They told Richard that they had to do something as there were tons of good bikes with minor flaws so they decided to paint them instead of scrapping them. So if your Hutch is scratched somewhere and you can see some show chrome shining through then there is a good chance it is an early Hutch "chrome flaw " bike. I wouldn't say this necessarily makes the bike worth more money, they just didn't want to throw out all these frames because the chrome wasn't dead on perfect.

The "Loop Tail"

Regarding the famous "loop tail" design you see on nearly all Hutch frames, Hutch did try around 1986 to actually patent this design. They sent statements to the US patent office saying it was the benchmark of their bikes and what their bikes were recognized by. The pursued it pretty hard but came up empty. Lots of companies have utilized the loop tail design at some point in time. Among those that have are Robinson, JMC, Diamond Back, Mongoose, Titan, Webco, FMF, Cook Bros., Panda, Kuwahara and SE. I think with most people however, when you think of the loop tail you probably think of a Hutch or a Mongoose. They seemed to be the most well known with that design. As for why that design even came about, from what I understand it was that back then it was easier and cheaper to build a bike that way then it was to have the seat stays and chain stays as separate tubes. Some people claimed it made the bike stronger. I doubt it actually made any bike stronger but it looked cool. According to SE the loop tail is a bad idea for aluminum bikes. That's why they scrapped that idea on their PKs and Quads. Bending aluminum like that caused it to break too easy. As for chromoly the design is fine. I've never seen any chromoly bike with this design break in the back end. (The Trick Star 2 is another story however. I'll cover that later.)

The Cranks

Profile made the original Hutch 3 piece cranks. They were the same as the first production Profile box cranks except they were flat with a Hutch sticker on them instead of the oval cut in the middle of the crank arm where the Profile sticker went. Hutch later had the cranks made themselves and called them Aerospeeds. There were not many made however and to this day they remain difficult to find. They were produced in small machinist shops and were basically hand made one at a time. Production was almost nothing and it really put them in a bind. There were many advertisements in magazines for mail order companies like Wes BMX, which was a big distributor of Hutch, and they were advertising their Pro Star and team Trick Stars with your choice of Redline flights or Profiles instead of the Hutch cranks and this was in 1986 when they were practically new. I've heard lots of people say these weren't particularly good cranks but due to their rarity they command a lot of money now. And really, if you're going to restore a Hutch to factory condition you'll probably want these.

The Racing Bikes

Here's where it all started for Hutch. They made many different racing frames. The most common is the Pro Racer. Most of their racing frames looked pretty much identical which makes identifying them not so easy by sight alone. Here's a basic rundown of how to figure out which one you have. You will need to measure the top tube from the center of the head tube to the center of the seat tube.

XR-1

Don't know the top tube length of this one. This bike was available in chrome. It was essentially a cheap version of the Pro Racer. This frame and fork were steel instead of chromoly. It came with nearly all generic parts. It was available in 20", 16" and 12" versions. This one can be spotted from the other racing frames by the rear end. The rear dropouts have small triangular cut outs in them. It may also have a tube for a brake bridge instead of the flat plate but I'm not sure. This was a late 80's model bike that was built in Taiwan and sold complete.

Junior Racer
17 inches

Expert Racer
18 1/4 inches

Pro Racer
19 inches? Some people have reported that they are actually 19.5 inches.
The version manufactured under the name Hutchins is likely the same length. It probably won't have a Hutch logo on the brake bridge though. The Hutchins version may have thicker dropouts but I'm not sure.

Pro Star
19 inches? (see Pro Racer). This was a complete bike with all top of the line parts. The frame was identical to the Pro Racer except of course the sticker kit said Pro Star.

Lil' Hole Shot
17 inches. This should be obvious what it is if you have it. It's a mini.

Cruiser (Pro 24, XL24)
It's a cruiser. You'll know it if you see it. The Hutchins Cruiser is probably the same though it doesn't have the logo pressed into the brake bridge.

Pro Raider
18 1/4 inches

Hollywood
Probably 19 or 19.5 inches.

Judge
Probably 19 or 19.5 inches.

Judge 2

Probably 19 or 19.5 inches. This bike is easy to spot because it doesn't have the Hutch logo pressed into the brake bridge. Hutch was called Hutchins at this time. This bike also has extremely thick dropouts and an oversized top tube. Also, on both the Judge and the Judge 2 (and maybe the Hollywood? not sure) the top tube is not even with the seat stays where it welds to the seat tube. On these bikes it's slightly higher. The main differences between the original Judge and the Hollywood is that the original Judge has thicker dropouts and different geometry. I know the Judge bikes are slightly oval where the top tube meets the seat tube. It appears the Judge 2 frame was only made in 1990. The 91 catalog doesn't have it listed.

Judge 1 example Judge 2 example
examples of the original Judge and the Judge 2

The Trick Star

When freestyle started up Hutch released a new bike called the Trick Star. Of course the first freestyle bike ever made was the Haro Freestyler (AKA Master) which was, at first, made by Torker for Haro. If I'm not mistaken, the second freestyle bike on the scene was from GT and the third was from Hutch (the Trick Star). From what I hear Hutch had the Trick Star in development before GT had started on a freestyle bike. The Trick Star is probably one of the most popular freestyle frames ever made. When most people think of what the biggest freestyle bikes ever were they likely think of the Haro Master and the Trick Star.

The Trick Star was an awesome flatland frame and many loved it on the half-pipe as well. Of course street riding is pretty much the rage these days and being as that Trick Stars are somewhat of a collector's item now and people who like them wouldn't want to grind them down a ledge, Hutch frames aren't ridden much anymore. I know of flatlanders who still use them but nobody else really. And as cool as the frame is there are frames today that are made specifically for flatland which pretty much renders the Trick Star obsolete. However, this is the only "old school" freestyle bike I still see people using on occasion. I haven't ran into any flatlanders anywhere still riding old GT frames or whatever else but I've still seen guys here and there using a Trick Star frame. Like I said, arguably the most popular freestyle frame ever invented. Hutch could have soared to popularity on this frame alone. Unfortunately, they never really managed to make another freestyle bike that was as good as this one. Their other successes were in the racing area.

The first Trick Stars had regular forks (no fork pegs) and a sticker kit that just said HUTCH. Changes were made as time went on. The sticker kit was changed so that the downtube said Trick Star. The forks had standing platforms added. Due to being broken off easily these were quickly replaced with welded on round pegs. The fork pegs were lengthened a little later on too.

Trick Star fork with platform Trick Star fork with peg
examples of the original forks made specifically for theTrick Star and the later pegged versions

The Trick Star was discontinued sometime before 1988. Originally they were American made but later on many were done in Japan and Taiwan. Differences between place of origin is described in a section below.

Regarding the gold Trick Star: At some point Hutch made a Trick Star covered in 24K gold. Woody Itson had one. This was probably intended as a gift for team members though I'm sure you could have bought one if you had the cash.

All Trick Star frames were 100% 4130 chromoly.


1986 Schwinn 26" Klunker

Here is Brians 1986 Schwinn 26" Klunker with 26" WTB ACS Freewheel with Origin8 cranks, Mojo chainring, Black Ops stem, Haro bars, Vee Rubber tires, Brooks England B67 Saddle, and Shimano M395 Hydraulic Disc Brakes with Prismatic Gold Powder Coating.

1986 Schwinn 26“ Klunker with 26“ WTB ACS Freewheel 1986 Schwinn 26“ Klunker Leaning on Tree
SE Bikes 20“ Freestyle

SE Bikes 20" Freestyle

Juan out of Fort Worth brought in this SE Bikes 20" Freestyle for us to freshen up a bit for his daughter. We added the Prismatic purple with new FSA sealed bearing headset, Kink Desist brakes, Kink Sever 2.25" tires on Kink 333 Wheels and Vans grips this SE is ready to ride!

1961 JC Higgins Flightliner

1961 JC Higgins Flightliner

This is a 1961 JC Higgins Flightliner.

J C Higgins bicycle is one of the most important and famous products of J C Higgins, a famous brand name used by Sears Roebuck and Co, a chain of departmental stores based in America.

J C Higgins was expert in different kinds of sports goods and quickly became very popular in working class and rural consumers. Roebuck and Co. produced most of the outstanding bicycle designs of that time. All the Sear’s bicycles sold after world war-II are known as J C Higgins bicycles, while others are named as Elgin bicycles.

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1940's Whites Auto Supply Monark Super Chief

Checkout this 1940's Whites Auto Supply Monark Super Chief riding restoration we did here at the shop. When we purchased this bike it was completely covered in rust and took days of light cleaning to bring the lettering back out on the tank and the chain guard. After weeks of cleaning and getting it ready to ride with parts we sell on our store page, here is our White Auto Monark Super Chief Rat Rod Bicycle.

The Monark vintage bicycles were produced by the Monark Silver King Inc. This company was one of those several companies that produced their first bicycle in the balloon tire age.

Some people are mixing up two bicycle makers: “Monark” and “Monarch”. Just note: Monarch was another company that produced bicycles in 1890’s.

1964 Schwinn Typhoon

1964 Schwinn Typhoon

Here are some before and after photos of this 1964 Schwinn Typhoon we restored for Renee as a surprise birthday gift for her husband was his childhood bicycle.

Here is the original info from the Schwinn Catalog.

Genuine Schwinn craftsmanship at a popular low price. Schwinn tubular rims and 4-coat baked finish.

Colors: Flamboyant Red or Black.
L12 - 26" Typhoon, ...... coaster - $39.95 / 2 speed - $49.95
L22 - 24" Typhoon, ...... coaster - $38.95 / 2 speed - $48.95
L32 - 20" Typhoon, ...... coaster - $36.95