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#1 2006-07-31 8:02am

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1981 Blazer

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1981 Blazer

1981 Blazer, this site helped with the info, thanks.

I am going to start a build as soon




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#2 2006-08-01 1:10pm

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Re: 1981 Blazer

I would guess would be some kind of Mongoose.... maybe Mongoose Pro Class?

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#3 2006-08-07 6:43pm

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Re: 1981 Blazer

Hey...those are mine!  http://smiley.onegreatguy.net/wink.gif


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#4 2006-08-07 7:38pm

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Re: 1981 Blazer

the head tube on the mystery frame changes outside diameter.

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#5 2006-08-07 8:20pm

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Re: 1981 Blazer

the key to this frame is the chain stays.  they look like the 90's SE bends, but the dropouts are different.  could be a lower end SE product, but just a guess from me.


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#6 2006-08-08 7:33am

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Re: 1981 Blazer

I agree, those chain stays are kinda odd, reminds me of a 90's DK frame...
Guess I need to add my DK pro racer..
I do have a picture of the dropout though, check it to see how close it is.
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#7 2006-08-14 7:46pm

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Re: 1981 Blazer

the end of the chain stays are closed, unlike gary's DK.  are the wide chain stays to allow for a flip-flop hub?  what frames/bikes came with flip-flops stock?

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#8 2006-08-16 9:38pm

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Re: 1981 Blazer

Thanks for the reply, that's a good point. Also another thing about this frame I am not sure how odd it is or not but the headtube where it steps up in diameter , these are welded not one piece like all of my other frames, and other frames iv'e seen. Thanks

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#9 2006-08-17 8:48am

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Re: 1981 Blazer

Well I can tell you its not a Mongoose Pro-class or a SE. It looks like a BOSS, they had the headtubes like those.


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#10 2006-10-02 10:06pm

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Re: 1981 Blazer

Hello! It's a Blazer and I would like to know if you would like to sell it to me? We can trade or cash for it! Give a shout back at  joshua_livingston2002@yahoo.com Thank you for time!

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#11 2006-10-03 8:32pm

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Re: 1981 Blazer

i am not near as good as others but i have a 95 general lee with a backend like that and my friend has a diamonback with that to. well there are my guess's

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#12 2007-01-09 3:40pm

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Re: 1981 Blazer

Hello I am back in the house!  Thank you GAVS for all the help that you gave me!  I am starting the build to onhoring you!  I putting 83 SE Forks, BoB Haro Bars 83 and the Blazer needs alittle more to go!  I am still holding out for 2 nd gen. Profile cranks or Hutch Aerospeed.  What ever comes first my way!  Thanks gav for a biuld my dreams!!!!!  Later Joshua!

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#13 2007-01-09 3:44pm

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Re: 1981 Blazer

gavs nailed it,

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#14 2008-02-01 10:24am

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Re: 1981 Blazer

Just so you know.......Blazer was never able to produce a Fork. The bend at the top of the blade was larger than we had a mandrel for. To me, those forks look like early PowerLite forks. They were really popular back then and probably a good guess.

The head tube and Bottom Bracket were made that way in an attempted to save weight. Remember the Blazer was extremely light for the time period.

We would cut three different tubes and then on a slow turning lathe we would "braze" them together. Braze is not the right word as we didn't add any metal to the process, we basically just used the TIG welder tip to heat and fuse the tubes together.

Other Factories would use a lathe and cutdown the OD of thick tubing in an attempt to duplicate this process.

The lower rear Chain Stays (The tubes at the lower part of the frame going from the bottom Bracket to the rear drop outs) being bent in that fashion are tell tale signs of a Blazer frame. This is how Dave Gerston rectified the problem with chain ring clearance and rear hub spacing. This bend along with the "Box" at the bottom bracket are signatures of a Blazer frame.

I spent many a night bending those tubes on a home made Mandrel Tube bender.

Any other Questions on Blazer....you can contact me.

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#15 2008-02-03 9:59am

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Re: 1981 Blazer

great thread, valuable info!

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#16 2008-03-04 12:54pm

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Re: 1981 Blazer

WRONG WRONG AND WRONG
WOW!
I have this exact bike.
It is not a Blazer..or what ever you call it tho it would be nice if it was. *hence my name.
Ok this bike is a 1979 Navajo Racing frame. I have the original decals on mine to prove it. Notice how the rear drop outs look like an arrow head...I will put picture up of mine as soon as I find some parts that I sold due to stupidity. I.E. 185cm splinded profile chrome three piece cranks. Tuffneck and the CW bars. Tho I did not like the CW bars I need them back for the restoration. Yes the chain stays are like that because of the flip flop hub. It came with sunshine Flipflops laced to chrome araya rims. The number on the dropouts or arrow head on mine is 2187. So jhammons01 what are you smoking? Must be good because of the detail you mentioned pretending you made this so called blazer. Mine will prove all. Thanks and contact me for more info.

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Just because it has two wheels does not mean it's a BMX.

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#17 2008-03-04 1:08pm

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Re: 1981 Blazer

SOrry I just found out that Blazer made navajo or vice versa. Sorry jhammons01. Wouldnt you have known that since you say you have bent tubes for these frames? Made in AZ not CA. Huh weird....


Just because it has two wheels does not mean it's a BMX.

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#18 2008-03-16 11:04am

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Re: 1981 Blazer

Wow!

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#19 2010-08-20 8:12am

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Re: 1981 Blazer

i just scored 1 of these awhile back..


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#20 2010-11-14 10:54am

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Re: 1981 Blazer

Jeffblaze, I appreciate your enthusiasm, but yes Blazer originated in Chandler, Az. But when Mike Maberry and Dave Gerston teamed up and formed the "Marketing name" Blazer......Dave moved his shop to Lufkin and also brought with him his younger brother Josh.

When they came to Lufkin, I went to work for him bending tubes and other production jobs....whatever we were making that night.

Josh was ~13 or so and didn't work as they would just spend the night fighting like brothers would do.

Dave's company was D&G Engineering and not "Blazer". Mike Maberry was "Blazer" and as a matter of fact, Dave would sell the frames to Mike in an unpainted form. Mike had them painted, Chrome or bronze chrome plated, decals and boxed.

In the later years, Mike fell on hard times and couldn't pay Dave......Dave did ???? whatever he could to stay in business. (Not a subject I like to remember as I felt part of the Blazer team success and I like Mike very much) But money is money and Dave had to eat.

What else would you like to know, and how much can I fit into a single post? There is a lot to the three year History

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#21 2010-11-14 10:56am

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#22 2010-11-14 12:29pm

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Re: 1981 Blazer

jhammons01 wrote:

http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1117616573#!/group.php?gid=135430119972

not working sad


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#23 2010-11-14 1:24pm

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#24 2010-11-14 1:25pm

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Re: 1981 Blazer

Or just search on Facebook for
"Lufkin BMX"
and
"Brookshire BMX"

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#25 2010-11-14 1:32pm

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Re: 1981 Blazer

Jeffblaze, one more thing, I have Irvine Cal listed as where I live.......I've been in SoCal since 1988 but I am from Houston [younger] and Lufkin [High School years].

So no, Blazer was never made in California as you correctly pointed out, but I never proclaimed that either.

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