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#1 2013-06-25 11:04pm

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1976 AMF Evil Knievel

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1976 AMF Evil Knievel

This bike was made by AMF in 1976 to commemorate the motorcycle daredevel icon Evel Knievel. This one is the deluxe model complete with a working turn signal and a "REV BOX" . When you rev the handle.

Back in 1976 my Dad  bought me on of these for my 6th. birthday from Dishers Bike Shop on LeIo st. in Dayton Oh. It was my first bicycle and the beginning of my love for BMX. I remember watching Evel Knievel on T.V. with my Dad. I use to make ramps out of some scrap wood that Dad had laying around in the garage. I would set up the ramp on the sidewalk in front of the house. I tried to get some "AIR" like Evel, all I ever did was crash like Evel. lol. It wasn't too long befor I trashed the bike. I bent the forks back, I ripped the seat, and cracked the plastic gas tank.
A few years later some older kids in the nerghbourhood who had real BMX bikes made fun of me for having a bike that had a plastic gas tank and plastic finders. I wanted to be cool like them so I went home and took off all the plastic junk and threw them away and then I spray painted the bike blue. My Dad was pissed when he saw what I did. If I knew then what I know now, I would have never done what I did.
I think my Dad paid around $100 bucks for that bike back then. Five years ago I found this one on eBay and paid $500. When I bought it, it was NOT as nice as you see it here. The seat was ripped, the decals were not all there, the rims were rusted,and the tires were shot. I completly striped the bike and restored it from the ground up. I had all the chrome parts re-chromed. I took the frame, forks, handlebars,and chainguard to a local Auto Body Shop to be painted. I had the seat re-upholsterd  with NOS vynal I ordered from a Restoration Garage. It took me a whole year of surching on the internet befor I found an AMF Evel Knievel decal kit. I bought them from Robbie Knievel. (Evel Knievels son) As it turns out, He has alot of his Dads old stuff that he's been selling on eBay. Too bad his old man isn't still around. I now have over $1,000. invested into this project, but it was worht it. I hope you enjoy the pictures and my long and borring story. Thanks for looking.


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#2 2013-06-25 11:25pm

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Re: 1976 AMF Evil Knievel

That is incredible! Nice job. I remember that bike and it was the coolest thing ever. If it ever needs a second home let me know

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#3 2013-06-26 3:27am

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Re: 1976 AMF Evil Knievel

Does that thing near the grip make motorcycle noises?  Does it work?  Fantastic!


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#4 2013-06-26 3:35am

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One of my favorite bikes ever made , period . You did an amazing job . cool


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#5 2013-06-26 4:36am

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Re: 1976 AMF Evil Knievel

Great Build cool

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#6 2013-06-26 5:13am

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Re: 1976 AMF Evil Knievel

WOW!!  You just made me REALLY want one!!  FANTASTIC job!big_smile


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#7 2013-06-26 5:50am

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Re: 1976 AMF Evil Knievel

Instant favorite! Glad i'm not the only one who destroyed a childhood bike bitd to fit in with the crowd...a marvelous job sir. cool


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#8 2013-06-26 10:39am

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REV BOX! Great bike, nice work.


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#9 2013-06-26 11:04am

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Re: 1976 AMF Evil Knievel

These are awsome
I love my 78 amf avenger  ..... Thanks Guy !
One of the American Pickers shows there in a place an you can see one of these knievel bikes sitting there , they payed no attention to it at all ! Guess they dont know it all huh !


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#10 2013-06-26 11:09am

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Re: 1976 AMF Evil Knievel

That is really cool! Did you jump the Snake River with that thing? JK. I used to watch E.K. with my dad too. And Fonzie jumpin' sharks and junk.

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#11 2013-06-26 11:18am

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Re: 1976 AMF Evil Knievel

Amazing, historic and downright cool, this is what made BMX so cool when I was a kid. You did a top shelf job on the restore, looks prime.


Ummmmm..........Yeah.

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#12 2013-06-26 11:22am

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Re: 1976 AMF Evil Knievel

thanks, glade you like it

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#13 2013-06-26 1:53pm

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Re: 1976 AMF Evil Knievel

nice frankin job on the restore! lollollol

beautiful piece of bmx history!


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#14 2013-06-26 2:05pm

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Love the motorcycle sound grip on that thing. I had one of those. Cool bike and story.

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#15 2013-06-26 8:37pm

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Re: 1976 AMF Evil Knievel

Too cool!

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#16 2013-06-27 7:24pm

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Re: 1976 AMF Evil Knievel

Just awesome!

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#17 2013-06-27 7:30pm

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Re: 1976 AMF Evil Knievel

Looks great I fondly remember these bikes.  Wanted one so bad but by the time I was old enough to ride a bike I think they were gone.


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#18 2013-06-27 9:11pm

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Re: 1976 AMF Evil Knievel

I had the same bike it was my first bike ever i loved the rev box i rode the hell out of mine i remember we would jumo over metal garbage cans i think i broke just about every part on that bike but when it was new i felt like the baddest little dude in the neighborhood and you have a fantastic example smile

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#19 2013-06-27 9:17pm

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Re: 1976 AMF Evil Knievel

Good job man.... looks great


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#20 2013-06-28 12:06am

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Re: 1976 AMF Evil Knievel

I love it!!!  I remember this bike.

Great story........my question is, is your Dad around to see it?


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#21 2013-06-28 3:51am

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Re: 1976 AMF Evil Knievel

I remember a neighbor kid got one for his birthday. He let me ride it, and 3 seconds later it got a flat tire! He was really mad at me! I can't believe I remember that...KILLER JOB, Bro!

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#22 2013-06-28 3:54am

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Re: 1976 AMF Evil Knievel

five8five wrote:

I remember a neighbor kid got one for his birthday. He let me ride it, and 3 seconds later it got a flat tire! He was really mad at me! I can't believe I remember that...KILLER JOB, Bro!

I forgot to mention...your story was far from boring!

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#23 2013-12-24 9:16am

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Re: 1976 AMF Evil Knievel

Awesomeness sir.

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#24 2013-12-26 4:30pm

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Re: 1976 AMF Evil Knievel

cool


stevenbven I will NEVER deal with you again, or remove the feedback that was 100% deserved, so quit crying about it and move on!

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#25 2014-04-16 4:41pm

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Re: 1976 AMF Evil Knievel

A friend of mine had one of these back when I was in the fifth grade. He took me over to his grandmother's house to check it out after school a few times. I even got to ride it once. Very cool. big_smile

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