1983 Pantha Stud PR-20
New Zealand made Pantha Stud. Bought by me, well mum really I guess, from a lawnmower shop in Waihi in about 1985. Originally blue.
This was my second BMX and my second Pantha after my MX1002. I got it when I was 11 and rode the hell out of it right through my teens.
I was visiting my folks a few months ago and couldn't believe it when I found it in pop's shed. Stoked!
I'd painted black like Mad Max when I was a young fulla and it was in pretty poor shape. I'd also got dad to weld some pegs on the drop-outs and forks as well as a loop at the top of the seat stays for some sweet freestylin' action.
Now I am a geriatric I decided to take the frame back to something closer to original so I ground them off and stripped the frame back to metal before doing a rebuild. I put some new tires on more suited for old-fulla cruising and a few other new bits but tried to salvage as much as I could.
It's pretty much done now but I'd like to track down a matching front brake and a longer drainpipe seatpost, otherwise I'm really happy with it. It was such a big part of my childhood that I don't think I'll ever sell it even though I can barely ride it now, it sure got tiny over the years! Just wish I still had that ol' MX1002.
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