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#1 2010-10-06 9:48am

bluheadted
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1978 GT Gary Turner

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1978 GT Gary Turner

Rare 1978 pre GT Gary Turner Made by Gary Turner.

This is the story behind this bike. It is a close friends, he received it as a gift for Christmas 1978. His father Bruce Griggs has been into race car engineering (suspensions primarily) for many years, Back in the day, he and Gary Turner were acquaintances via the automotive sports scene.
From what he tells me, the bike has never had stickers and lacks a serial number. From what I remember It has Araya rims and Suzue hubs as well as Tourney cranks, Tuf-Neck Pro Model and KKT pedals. The old anodized seatpost was removed, because it had to be pipe wrenched out of the frame due to rust. Somewhere around 1985 John Griggs (the bikes owner and I did a few upgrades (now downgrades) which included a GT seat clamp, pitbull brakes & a generic seatpost I do not remember if we put the Kashimax seat on or if it was part of the bike. I'll update the info if I receive any further information. The bike is currently located in the Santa Rosa, CA area.

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#2 2010-11-27 4:58am

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Re: 1978 GT Gary Turner

A great piece of BMX history!

BITD, removing torn up decals was an quick and easy way to make your bike look new again - but this bike was always that way! cool


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#3 2010-12-11 3:17pm

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Re: 1978 GT Gary Turner

awesome

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#4 2011-01-13 5:35pm

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Re: 1978 GT Gary Turner

that is a priceless b.m.x. artifact with a cool story to go with it!~~~


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#5 2011-02-14 7:04pm

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Re: 1978 GT Gary Turner

Holy Shlt!  The story behind this bike is great.  Thank you for sharing this amazing piece of history.
cool


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#6 2011-02-21 11:08am

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Re: 1978 GT Gary Turner

I bought one of these used from the Recycler in about 1979 or earlier. Mine had stickers that simply said "GARY TURNER" on the bottom tube in black, if I am not mistaken. I remember my first time taking it to the track in Azusa, CA. I saw some other guys on GT's and was jealous of their stickers with the gold wings and red letters. I believe mine had a small bottom bracket. It looks like this one you are showing does as well. I got out of bmx for a while and sold it to a friend who is now untraceable (I've tried). I was fortunate enough to pick this frame up recently, which seems to be a January, 1980 and might be as close to what I had as I will ever get, but you never know...

http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg229/sondergaards/DSC08937.jpg

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#7 2011-02-21 9:59pm

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Re: 1978 GT Gary Turner

I remember having a 1980 GT. It was the bike I started freestyling on.  I later traded it for a first year GT Performer, frame for frame. I was a poor kid living in a poor household. I could never afford a new bike, or even a used whole one. So i bought it piece by piece. I practically had a Performer built on the 1980 frame, so at the time the swap was ideal.
Non of that mattered later, because I had a crazy ex girlfriend that stole my beloved bike, disassembled it put it in a bag and ran it over with her car. I was so furious.
25 years later her and my wife are the best of friends, go figure. She always apologizes for her actions and didn't fully realize until now just how hard I had to work for that bike and just how poor my family actually was.
When I had a son, I thought I could relive some of my BMX days with him, but he ends up being a cautious child that is almost afraid to fall down. Go figure again. 
I hunt at garage sales, but I have a feeling I won't be able to afford another one and I think as time goes along, my luck is running out as well. Good luck with your score.


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#8 2011-02-22 2:22am

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Re: 1978 GT Gary Turner

Wow, awesome bike and what a great stroy to go along with it! Quite possibly the holy grail of gt's!!

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#9 2011-03-16 12:40am

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Re: 1978 GT Gary Turner

that is one tuff old skool G.T. Ive seen it goes hard.

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#10 2011-07-24 4:48pm

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Re: 1978 GT Gary Turner

That is one rare bike

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#11 2011-08-24 4:56am

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Re: 1978 GT Gary Turner

...looks very similiar to this! ...out of the seat post clamp area!!!

http://up.picr.de/8029471mpa.jpg

...my frame is correctly the same, like shown on this photo, but with ames stormer decals on it! gary turner build them, also
and CYC sold them!!!

...such a cool thread...will post a photo of mine in some weeks!!!

cheers....maik

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#12 2011-08-26 1:54am

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Re: 1978 GT Gary Turner

I have a gt with 5 digit serial number I am having a herd time finding out what year it is the serial is...01494...it is on the inside right rear dropout and the 14 is stamped higher than the rest of the numbers...any ideas ...what sort of serials do these have...if any...Cheers...Tim


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#13 2011-08-26 7:04am

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Re: 1978 GT Gary Turner

maik_muffler wrote:

...looks very similiar to this! ...out of the seat post clamp area!!!

http://up.picr.de/8029471mpa.jpg

...my frame is correctly the same, like shown on this photo, but with ames stormer decals on it! gary turner build them, also
and CYC sold them!!!

...such a cool thread...will post a photo of mine in some weeks!!!

cheers....maik

I have a copy of that pic too. That's the type I HAD...sad

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#14 2012-08-19 7:45pm

JonThomason10
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Re: 1978 GT Gary Turner

How much for this bike?

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#15 2012-08-21 6:34am

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Re: 1978 GT Gary Turner

bluheadted wrote:

I remember having a 1980 GT. It was the bike I started freestyling on.  I later traded it for a first year GT Performer, frame for frame. I was a poor kid living in a poor household. I could never afford a new bike, or even a used whole one. So i bought it piece by piece. I practically had a Performer built on the 1980 frame, so at the time the swap was ideal.
Non of that mattered later, because I had a crazy ex girlfriend that stole my beloved bike, disassembled it put it in a bag and ran it over with her car. I was so furious.
25 years later her and my wife are the best of friends, go figure. She always apologizes for her actions and didn't fully realize until now just how hard I had to work for that bike and just how poor my family actually was.
When I had a son, I thought I could relive some of my BMX days with him, but he ends up being a cautious child that is almost afraid to fall down. Go figure again. 
I hunt at garage sales, but I have a feeling I won't be able to afford another one and I think as time goes along, my luck is running out as well. Good luck with your score.

Woman Are NUTZO!

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#16 2012-08-21 6:42am

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Re: 1978 GT Gary Turner

Great bike.Cool story.big_smile

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#17 2013-01-17 1:14pm

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Re: 1978 GT Gary Turner

Very nice bike and story.

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#18 2013-01-18 5:20pm

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Re: 1978 GT Gary Turner

Very cool!  I didn't think GT made American BB's until 1980.

JP smile

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#19 2013-03-31 8:26am

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Re: 1978 GT Gary Turner

I have what I believe to be a 1978 Gary Turner. it has no serial numbers and no stamps. was trying to find some info on this bike, and it's hard to find anything. I want to build it back to original as much as possible. what kind of the bars came on it, brakes,  grips, and color schemes. it was a rust bucket when I got it, but I have been cleaning her up.lol

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#20 2013-06-18 10:58am

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Re: 1978 GT Gary Turner

I found one like this.
No Serial Number.
No GT logo


BMX Life Style!

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#21 2013-06-18 11:14am

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Re: 1978 GT Gary Turner

Pro Class ZA WP wrote:

I found one like this.
No Serial Number.
No GT logo

Awesome- let's see some pics of it-

It wasn't in Kensington or Pinelands was it?

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#22 2013-07-16 7:45pm

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Re: 1978 GT Gary Turner

I found one a few years ago. Mine had some early goose stainless bars if that helps.


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Haro Master Pads White /Blue
Webco forks
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#23 2013-07-16 7:52pm

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Re: 1978 GT Gary Turner

hondo20 wrote:

I found one a few years ago. Mine had some early goose stainless bars if that helps.

Post up some pics when you can.

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