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#1 2007-09-18 7:11am

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1973 JC Penney

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1973 JC Penney

JC Penney BMX 1968 to 1973 Ugly, but different.

20 inch JC Penney BMX Bike. I attempted to research the bike but not awhole lot out there. The bike did have a sticker that said BMA/6 Certified. Google states that the sticker was used by inspectors in the late 60's early 70's, not sure. It's one of the ugliest bikes I've ever built. The build came out nice, it's just the bike. I put new Tioga tires and KMC chain, paint and awhole lot of elbow grease. Everything else on the bike is Wald. If anyone has any idea's on the year or model, let me know.


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#2 2007-09-18 9:59pm

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Re: 1973 JC Penney

I remember it had an Evel Knievel-type of sticker set to it if I recall correctly. A kid in my projects had one and everybody wanted to jump curbs with it.


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#3 2007-09-19 4:14pm

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Re: 1973 JC Penney

Where is my Speed Racer Helmet! That bike is cool it looks fast like the HPV type bikes!  Nice Restoration!

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#4 2007-09-19 4:53pm

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Re: 1973 JC Penney

ShinobiKE-1 wrote:

Where is my Speed Racer Helmet! That bike is cool it looks fast like the HPV type bikes!  Nice Restoration!

you should put a M on the top and a 5 on the side that would look so cool


sorry dislexik

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#5 2007-09-20 2:02pm

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Re: 1973 JC Penney

Someone else mentioned the Evil Knievil type sticker, wasn't sure but knew something goes on the tank and sides.

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#6 2007-09-21 10:47am

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Re: 1973 JC Penney

This bike appears to be a HUFFY made bike.  I'm not 100% sure if Huffy made their own bikes or not.  Maybe JC Penney and Huffy used the same supplier.  I have a 76 Huffy Thunder Star that I will be restoring in the months to come.  The Thunder Star is essentially a 'White' Thunder Road.
Tha Handle bars, rear drop outs and long front forks are identicle to my Huffy.  Unfortunately my Huffy is in storage and I don't have any recent pictures.  I'll try to get some up.

Here is an ad I found for the Huffy Thunder Road.

http://i198.photobucket.com/albums/aa234/crowe-t/huffy.jpg

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#7 2007-09-21 4:23pm

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Re: 1973 JC Penney

crowe-t wrote:

This bike appears to be a HUFFY made bike.  I'm not 100% sure if Huffy made their own bikes or not.  Maybe JC Penney and Huffy used the same supplier.  I have a 76 Huffy Thunder Star that I will be restoring in the months to come.  The Thunder Star is essentially a 'White' Thunder Road.
Tha Handle bars, rear drop outs and long front forks are identicle to my Huffy.  Unfortunately my Huffy is in storage and I don't have any recent pictures.  I'll try to get some up.

Here is an ad I found for the Huffy Thunder Road.

http://i198.photobucket.com/albums/aa23 … /huffy.jpg

I think that hoffy made thes bikes for foremost (JC Penney), murry, and a couple of others companys.


sorry dislexik

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#8 2007-09-21 5:04pm

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Ruiz bmx - that makes sense that Huffy made their own bikes.

Here is another picture of a black Thunder Road(not mine) that I found somewhere on line.

My White Thunder Star is basically the same, but the bars on the Thunder Star are Chrome like on the JC Penny bike.  The Thunder Star also had a number '76' and pads with a stripe and stars. 

http://i198.photobucket.com/albums/aa234/crowe-t/Huffythunderroad2.jpg

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#9 2007-09-21 10:06pm

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Re: 1973 JC Penney

Dang, y'all just took me for a trip in the wayback machine!! cool I forgot all about the Thunder Star! Oh, Huffy made their own bikes as well as a few others. smile I had a Sears Free Spirit that looked a lot like the Thunder Road but had a springer front fork.

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#10 2007-09-21 10:37pm

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Re: 1973 JC Penney

That's cool, i didn't know Huffy made bikes that were sold under different names.  When I saw the pictures of the JC Penny BMX above it was like at my Thunder Star.  Hopefully in the next couple of months I'll have it powder coated white and all the chrome re-done. 

It would be great to see some pictures of other Huffys.  I'll try to find an old picture of mine and post it.

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#11 2007-09-21 10:45pm

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Re: 1973 JC Penney

I used to have one of those Huffy's but it had a springer type front fork . I just had a flashback . LOL ! I ate my lunch big time on that thing while showing off to a girl . LOL!

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#12 2007-09-21 11:45pm

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Before freestyle came around Huffy's were my favorite bikes.  I wish there were more old Huffy's around today.  These bikes do bring back a lot of good memories.

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#13 2007-09-26 12:35pm

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Re: 1973 JC Penney

Without the seat and tank cover it looks just like Huffy Thunder. I just ordered a set of fenders for it. I think the front will fit fine, not sure about the back.

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#14 2007-10-19 9:53pm

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jimgbmx - I sent you an e-mail about the fenders.  I need some for my Huffy Thunder Star.

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#15 2007-10-20 5:00am

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Re: 1973 JC Penney

that's an awesome bike.

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#16 2007-12-03 7:58pm

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Re: 1973 JC Penney

I DONT REMEMBER THE BIKE, BUT I DO REMEMBER THE GRIPS! I HAD THEM ON A FEW BIKE AS A KID .THAT BIKE IS COOL I LIKE IT


IF IT HAS SPOKES,I'LL DRIVE IT

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#17 2007-12-03 8:19pm

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TODD74 wrote:

I DONT REMEMBER THE BIKE, BUT I DO REMEMBER THE GRIPS! I HAD THEM ON A FEW BIKE AS A KID .THAT BIKE IS COOL I LIKE IT

those grips are cobra grips oakley 3s, fuan 8 or team cycle I have them on a couple of my bikes. these where my dad's favorite grips.


sorry dislexik

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#18 2008-11-09 9:05am

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Re: 1973 JC Penney

Very Ugly! big_smile

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#19 2009-03-11 5:29pm

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Re: 1973 JC Penney

Ugliest thing I've ever seen! A face only a mother could love! Oh, the bike is ugly too!wink

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#20 2009-03-12 9:07am

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Re: 1973 JC Penney

Thats good, you'll get a kick out of my newest post. 73 to 75 Graco moto, looks like a Yamaha. Very different, also ugly.

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#21 2010-05-28 6:26am

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Re: 1973 JC Penney

Yeah, I remember that bike. A freind of mine had one and if they weren't Evel Kanevel (SP?) stickers, they were stars and stripes.  Definitely a huffy built bike, as were most of the free spirit bikes, IMO. I believe Carlisle tires would have come on it originally, and the really OS full round MX grips with the flat nubs... similar to what I saw the other day in a thread in PIF.. I think you've got Oakley 3's on there atm. But amazing job on restoring that bike nevertheless.. I cannot imagine where you got your hands on those fairings, not to mention fenders.

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#22 2010-08-09 9:19am

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Re: 1973 JC Penney

This was my first bike and yes it was an Evel Knievel Bike! It had the motorcycle grip on it that made sounds when twisted I believe on the RH side of the bike. It also had Evel Kinevel Decals all in Red White and Blue. It also Had the "76" under the Gas tank just like the Huffy Thunder Star. You had to ride the bike bow legged at 5yrs old LOL!!! I hated the seat and tank so eventually removed them and installed a Bananna seat and painted the frame blue. I got mine for my fifth birthday in 1975 I am going to look around for some pictures of it. The Frame is the same as the Huffy Thunder Star. I would like to find another one! But for now I will have to settle for my Huffy Thunder Star!

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#23 2010-08-20 4:13pm

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Re: 1973 JC Penney

That is one strange looking bike, but great job on the resto work!

You might want to look into the era stars & stripes stickers...might make it look sportier? Like a real Evel Knievel bike...just a thought!

Ride on!


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#24 2010-08-22 4:18pm

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Re: 1973 JC Penney

I like this


Gold Frame $1000.00-1500.00(depends on amount of gold used) YEA Right!!
In CA it's Only $200.00 to get Gold plated frame done

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#25 2011-08-20 2:09pm

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Re: 1973 JC Penney

this bike was made by huffys i have one with the stickers on it   for sale needs redone if  you send me the seirol number i can tell you were it was made and the year   copperhead8878@yahoo.com

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