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#1 2011-12-11 3:42pm

I cant drive 55
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1965 Murray Wildcat

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1965 Murray Wildcat

This bike was built because of a picture I had found years later. After finding the pic I had no clue what kind of bike it was, only that I had built it from a used old banana seat bike and different parts that I had found off some old 10 speeds, trying  to create  a BMX bike. BMX wasn’t very big on the east coast but starting to get big on the west coast. Most kids in the neighborhood had no clue what I was trying to build. I could not afford a real BMX bike, so this is what I came up with. I have to thank all the people on this sight that followed this build, helped figure out what kind of bike it was, and being a large part of finding the parts needed to complete the build, I could not have done it without you. If you have never seen the thread involving the build, here it is http://bmxmuseum.com/forums/viewtopic.php?id=371431 . Other than that I am so happy I found the picture, and was part of this historical time when the crossover of Banana seat to BMX occurred.


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#2 2011-12-11 4:19pm

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Re: 1965 Murray Wildcat

Nice work and cool story! Your build is pretty spot-on with the old photo. Truly a one-of-a-kind creation here.

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#3 2011-12-11 4:23pm

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Re: 1965 Murray Wildcat

Wow! Great job on your build.

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#4 2011-12-11 8:40pm

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Re: 1965 Murray Wildcat

big_smilebig_smile


Horns up!!  lml

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#5 2011-12-12 12:25am

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Never seen one but I love it.smile


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#6 2011-12-12 6:46am

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Re: 1965 Murray Wildcat

Great job! Looks dead on to the original photo. Great attention to detail!

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#7 2011-12-12 3:56pm

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Re: 1965 Murray Wildcat

I loved being able to follow along! Very cool build!!

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#8 2011-12-12 4:00pm

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Re: 1965 Murray Wildcat

Very cool. Now all you need is the leather visor, bell-bottoms, member's-only jacket, and suede Puma's. big_smile

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#9 2011-12-12 4:17pm

I cant drive 55
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jkraig wrote:

Very cool. Now all you need is the leather visor, bell-bottoms, member's-only jacket, and suede Puma's. big_smile

I forgot about members only. lollollol

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#10 2011-12-12 4:19pm

I cant drive 55
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feltner11 wrote:

I loved being able to follow along! Very cool build!!

Im glad you enjoyed it. smile

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#11 2011-12-13 3:35am

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Re: 1965 Murray Wildcat

It turned out perfect. Roots BMX right there!


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#12 2011-12-13 3:55am

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Re: 1965 Murray Wildcat

Great story. In the late 70s/very early 80s, a kid from Cali moved in to my neighborhood and the BMXification of Banana Bikes Began. Thx for the memories.

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#13 2013-12-19 7:54pm

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Re: 1965 Murray Wildcat

What an awesome build thread!  This thing came out so nice, it was awesome following the progress.  cool


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#14 2013-12-19 9:00pm

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Re: 1965 Murray Wildcat

Don't tell me i have to build my 75 Kent banana bike bmx crossover up now ... Great build, we did what we could back then. Love the green color.

Don't forget the tube soxs...


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#15 2014-11-06 8:12pm

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Re: 1965 Murray Wildcat

Grew up on the east coast as well....I did the same thing back in the day....usually with huffy's ....but back then any frame would do....this is what a museum is about.....Awesome

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#16 2015-08-04 1:23pm

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So absolutely frickin' RAD! Favorited! cool


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