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#1 2013-02-04 8:05pm

cadillaccowboy
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1976 was a good year for mongoose.

Howdy Y'all I just want to share my latest member that has been inserted in my collection. I have been looking for a 1976 mongoose for some years now. Because my member photo is of me , back in 1976 with my short frame 75-76 Mongoose. Low and behold a 1976 Mongoose popped up here on the Museum. I could not believe what I saw. The hand in my member photo was my step dad who at the time was amazed that I bolted a bridge on it. He told my Grandfather. My Grandfather and I later stick welded a bridge to the frame. It was the first time I ever welded anything. It was a huge deal to me at the time and still to this date, remains to be. I can not help but think about it from time to time. A lesson in life, learned and shared with my Grandfather. This 1976 mongoose is a long top tube and is nice because even back in 1976 I had pushed my handlebars forward. Due to the short top tube. But the best thing about it is the frame has a welded brake bridge. I love the age on the nickel. I am going to put it back together with the same parts. except the seat. I love the loaf seat it is awesome.

http://i1255.photobucket.com/albums/hh621/cadillaccowboy/015_zps77638c0d.jpg
http://i1255.photobucket.com/albums/hh621/cadillaccowboy/140_zps07075f5b.jpg
Notice the axle pegs. This was one of the first "axle pegs" used. We never called them that. We called them "buddy peg's". They are a Coaster brake expander. I used to pitch out many a trash can with those thing's. 
http://i1255.photobucket.com/albums/hh621/cadillaccowboy/114_zps7f2489ce.jpg
http://i1255.photobucket.com/albums/hh621/cadillaccowboy/117_zps05a8bd74.jpg
I just wanted to share it with ya!

Cheer's -C*C

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#2 2013-02-05 4:59am

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Re: 1976 was a good year for mongoose.

cool


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#3 2013-02-05 5:34am

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Re: 1976 was a good year for mongoose.

Cool story......cool


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#4 2013-02-05 8:20am

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Re: 1976 was a good year for mongoose.

very cool!


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MONGOOSE 24" PRO CLASS III WHEEL

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#5 2013-02-05 8:25am

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Re: 1976 was a good year for mongoose.

Is that the same bike in of the  pictures ?

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#6 2013-02-05 8:51am

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Re: 1976 was a good year for mongoose.

Very cool.  Great story smile


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#7 2013-02-05 9:11am

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Re: 1976 was a good year for mongoose.

Thanx for sharing!!big_smile


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#8 2013-02-05 12:52pm

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Re: 1976 was a good year for mongoose.

Awesome story!


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#9 2013-02-05 3:39pm

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Re: 1976 was a good year for mongoose.

Looks like a 62 pan head in the background?


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#10 2013-02-05 3:55pm

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Re: 1976 was a good year for mongoose.

1mongoose wrote:

Is that the same bike in of the  pictures ?

+1

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#11 2013-02-05 3:58pm

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Re: 1976 was a good year for mongoose.

og pegs on it to  nice


wife-what the hell are you doing? me-stopping at this yard sale theres a bike. wife-another one.

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#12 2014-05-25 11:08pm

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Re: 1976 was a good year for mongoose.

Here it is now! http://i1255.photobucket.com/albums/hh621/cadillaccowboy/image_zps3ac90009.jpg

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#13 2014-05-25 11:26pm

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Re: 1976 was a good year for mongoose.

That looks great! I really dig the MX seat. I'm finishing up my 76 also. big_smile


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#14 2014-05-26 8:22pm

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Re: 1976 was a good year for mongoose.

Here is the long and the short on this frame. Hang in there.



   Back in nov 2012, I had just received this frame from museum member pacecar69. I was in shock. I thought I just found the Holy grail my old Mongoose frame from 76-77, but I was confused by what I was told by a Mongoose Guru that I shared the photo with. I was told that he believed that the frame I just received might not be the frame from my old photograph, because the frame that is in the photograph looked like a "short top tube frame" and the one I had received from pacecar69 was a long frame. In fact I do believe this to be my old Mongoose frame from 76-77. When I recently captured the photo to upload this bike to the museum. I wanted to get a photograph with the same angle as my mom's old Kodak 110 camera did. Comparing the photos helped bring more out in the old photo. amazing what you can learn from a photo. You can notice that the frame in the old photograph is in fact a long top tube. I was also told that the handlebars could have been pushed forward because of the short top tube. I did not think much about it other then he might be right and it might not be my frame. However after much review and research I believe this to be my frame. The seat post in the photograph is bent forward Schwinn seat post. I used to ride it like that. It would be very hard to ride it like that if the frames top tube was short. The bars leaning forward was the style back then. I remember this bike very well. I learned much from it.


    Back in 1976-77. I purchased a newly built but slightly used Heavy Duty large flang freewheel Aluminum rim set. I bought them from a guy who used to sell new BMX parts from a couple of garden sheds located in the rear yard of his home. The coolest thing at that time in BMX was aluminum rims with a freewheel hub. I wanted a freewheel set up bad. I wanted to hear that freewheel sound while I was air born zzzzzzzz. I wanted a freewheel set up so bad that I bought the wheel set and modified the frame by welding a useless brake bridge onto it. I also took a hand file and hack saw blade to the upper right rear gusset top tube, just to get the chain to not rub, The freewheel is to close to the rear dropout tubes and the chain rubs when using a freewheel hub. The frame was made for coaster brake only. Back then I transferred the parts from my Schwinn Stingray(Seat post, Clamp) Causing the frame to crack and collapsing the bore to the Standard Schwinn size. I also remember when my grandfather and me welded that useless brake bridge on. He asked me where I wanted to weld it. I did not know at the time that it should have been welded in the center of the tubes instead of on top of the tubes. But I told him to weld it to the top of the tubes. Later when I installed the side pull brake, the brake did not work well, because welding the bridge on the top of the tubes made the side pull brake sit up tall. The brake pads had trouble touching the rim side wall. I gave up on the 1976 Mongoose project and traded it off. I was on my way to the newer model Mongoose.
 

   OK so I knew this was my frame and I really know it now. The grinding marks, The weld on the top not in the center of the tubes, the seat post clamp and now I have confirmed the long top tube. it brings closure to my case. I went back and forth about it being a short top tub. This was bothering me, because to me it looked just like my old frame. I do not remember it being a short bike frame. Other then pictures, I have never seen a 1976 short top tube Mongoose. I have been told that when you see one up close, you can tell right away, because it is a very short frame. I realized that, it is just the angle that the old 110 camera took the photograph at. The angle makes the top tube look short. At this point I am one in a million. I have found my needle in the hay stack. In fact I am here to tell you I have found my first BMX frame from 1976-77 here on the Museum. How awesome is that?



   Its crazy to think that this thing went full circle in my life. I can only imagine how many collectors have discarded this as a builder. Junk, bottom of the barrel. It has to much damage to build a nice one from. To repair 2 small Cracks, dents, scratches and the nickel finish would cost more then it is worth. Put it this way. It would not be worth much on the auction block. As the old saying goes        "One mans junk is another mans treasure."          At one time, I thought that it would never be possible to build a 1976 mongoose like the one in my photograph. I even tried to forget about it. I didn't even want to look for one. I thought it would be too expensive, almost unattainable for me. And finding the real frame in the photograph, forget about that nonsense. Right? I put it off for a long time, telling myself I was not interested. After saying I would not look I gave up. I started looking for one. I had to find one, after all you collect BMX. I have a photo of me with one. It was the first real BMX frame I owned and almost destroyed it while owning it. I also worked with my grandfather on it.

  So I started to look for one. Loll and behold. Call it timing or call it meant to be. I found this frame listed here on the museum selling for less then a normal 1976 mongoose frame should sell for. When I looked at the listing photo I about fell over. I could not believe what I saw. No kidding, I would have paid much more for this frame then I did. To me this frame is worth more then a NOS one. I learned a lot about making parts fit. Fran ken stein stuff. I cut my teeth on this this frame and my hand prints are all over it. Because of its overall condition , I was able to get a great deal on it. Making this the lowest budget BMX build that I have done to date. It is also is the most prized bike in my collection. I am very blessed to have it back in my life and to be able to share this real experience with you.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 I want to deeply thank the BMXmuseum.com and member Pacecar69 for making my life better and being a rad part of my reality. Again Thank you. -C*C

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#15 2014-05-26 8:50pm

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Re: 1976 was a good year for mongoose.

smile Awesome story.  You found a long lost friend. Give it a hug and hold on tight. I wish I could find my childhood bike but I know for a fact it got destroyed.


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#16 2014-05-27 6:51am

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Re: 1976 was a good year for mongoose.

It's the same bike.


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#17 2014-05-27 6:54am

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Re: 1976 was a good year for mongoose.

That's the greatest story on this site. gave me chills. Congratulations man


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