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#1 2011-10-09 1:56am

djdazz186
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1979 Quicksilver Type 1b

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1979 Quicksilver Type 1b

mk1 quicksilver bmx 1979 old school racer


1979 quicksilver, original mk1 nitto stem, tange forks, and fluted post takagi black crank to suntour sprocket chasing the original hangers and a rear tuff1 to complete Took the bike for a ride today, rides great. but thinkin its not my style and how much i know some people loves these.to the right home ill consider it a give away to a loving home as i have too many bikes, and rather working on them then riding them15th/10/2011Got some new bars today seem to look era correct, much better ride than the gtpiston ones that were on there. just got to get myself a rear tuff (5spoke)if anyone has one floating around lonely, id be interested in buying out there around brissy australiaand i dont really like chrome bikes, so still debating on what to do with this old gem serial = 3129xxm guessing its a 3/12/79 (stamped on left dropout) bike num xx ive left hidden. will remain two hidden numbers for the meantimeanyone with any info can please help about the serial

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#2 2011-10-09 2:14am

Brisben
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Re: 1979 Quicksilver Type 1b

Nice find!

Just to clarify - this is what is now known as a Type 1B Quicksilver - the very first editions had a turned in gussett hole similar to a mongoose

Would be interested to know the serial number though...

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#3 2011-10-09 1:16pm

samkat
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Re: 1979 Quicksilver Type 1b

Awesome find cool


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#4 2011-10-18 4:47pm

djdazz186
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Re: 1979 Quicksilver Type 1b

Brisben wrote:

Nice find!

Just to clarify - this is what is now known as a Type 1B Quicksilver - the very first editions had a turned in gussett hole similar to a mongoose

Would be interested to know the serial number though...

serial = 3129xxm guessing its a 3/12/79 (stamped on left dropout) bike num xx ive left hidden. will remain two hidden numbers for the meantime
anyone with any info can please help about the serial

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#5 2015-07-26 5:08pm

AjayVBMX
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Re: 1979 Quicksilver Type 1b

Is it possible to change the title of this thread?  The bike is actually a Type 1B.  Yeah, I know I'm being pedantic, but this is supposed to be a museum!

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#6 2016-04-30 6:49am

Kid_Carbine
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Re: 1979 Quicksilver Type 1b

Ajay is correct, the bike is a Quicksilver Type 1b which was the most popular & numerous model that they made.
The very first of them appeared about December 1979. It would have had a date code of 129 [12= Dec. 9= 1979] & a sequential serial near to 1000.

[serial = 3129xxm guessing its a 3/12/79 (stamped on left dropout) bike num xx ive left hidden. will remain two hidden numbers for the meantime
anyone with any info can please help about the seria
]

With a two digit date code & a build number in the 3000's it is likely to have been made in early 1981
The two digits that are being so secretly guarded is the build date code.
The four digit serial that has been quoted has no connection with the build date code


These frames were welded from kits of parts supplied by a nearby sub contractor & the frame number was normally pre stamped under the matchbox prior to it being built into a new frame.
Clayton, the man who actually stmped each frame number by hand, one character at a time, would stamp what he thought was enough matchboxes for the days production but he was a busy man & often away from the factory doing deliveries & picking up stock etc.

On rare occasions the welders would run out of pre numbered matchboxes but would keep building using un-numbered matchboxes & put these frames aside for Clayton to sort out later.
It must have been difficult to stamp the matchbox when it was in a finished frame so the frame was laid on its side with the left dropout on the edge of the bench & the frame number was stamped there.
There are VERY few frames like this. I have one & I believe that we know of one other so this frame is a rare one for that reason alone.


I'll keep building bikes till I die, & maybe a couple of days after that. Quicksilver
It's Aussie for "BMX"

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#7 2016-04-30 6:54am

Kid_Carbine
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Re: 1979 Quicksilver Type 1b

Oh, for what it's worth, there were fewer than 1000 Type !a frames made between very early 1987 & the end of 1978 & they used a completely different date code system. The facelifted version, the 1b continued on with the sequentially allocated serials but used a simplified date code prefix.


I'll keep building bikes till I die, & maybe a couple of days after that. Quicksilver
It's Aussie for "BMX"

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#8 2017-01-25 9:19pm

Kid_Carbine
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Re: 1979 Quicksilver Type 1b

OK, I know its an old thread dig but here's the latest, the frame number 3129xxm breaks down as follows. 3-1-29xx M or
3= March
1= 1981
29xx= the actual sequentially applied frame number
M= Mark, the actual welder of this frame

So it's a March 1981 build Type 1b frame
At this sime, the highest serialed Type 1a frame in our list is numbered less than 500 & is within weeks of the end of the model run.


I'll keep building bikes till I die, & maybe a couple of days after that. Quicksilver
It's Aussie for "BMX"

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