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1982 Huffy Pro Lightning

#1 2010-07-31 9:19pm

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1982 Huffy Pro Lightning

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1982 Huffy Pro Lightning

Probably the 1st RESTORED, show worthy Huffy on The BMX Museum!

Here's a restoration that this place has yet to see!  Here's my  Huffy.   I got one just like it for Christmas back in 1982.  It was the closest thing to a decent bike that I had until I was able to save my $ and buy my own Freshman year in high school.  It took me 2 years to find another to restore and I finally found a rough starting point.
I tried to use original parts, but as many know, Huffy used a lot of no name junk that was impossible to track down.
Parts List:
Frame/Forks - 1982 Huffy Pro Lightning
Bars - Original Huffy
Seatpost - Original Huffy Teardrop
Stem - Original No Name Double Clamp
Grips - Ame Bubble Font Tri
Levers - Dia Compe Prebent
Calipers - Dia Compe 980/1080
Brake Cables - Dia Compe
Number Plate - Zeronine
Pads - California Lite
Sprocket - Sugino
Chain - Izumi
Rims - Araya Aero
Hubs - Shimano
Spokes - Asahi
Freewheel - Shimano
Seat - Troxel
Tires - Cheng Shin
Bottom Bracket - YST
Cranks - Original No Name (Restored)
Headset - YST
I also have a NOS original chainguard with teardrop shaped mounts that I didn't put on. (Obvious reasons!)


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#2 2010-08-01 5:19am

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Re: 1982 Huffy Pro Lightning

Beautiful bike. Black and gold is such a classy look!
I like the under dogs, the bikes that nobody, well almost nobody, cares for.


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#3 2010-08-01 5:23am

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Re: 1982 Huffy Pro Lightning

Yeah, it's a Huffy, but it's such a nice bike it's not in the same league as the Huffy's that are so often overlooked. This is a truly awesome bike.

What are the frames on these made out of? Same as regular Huffy, or are they chromoly?


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#4 2010-09-03 7:41pm

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Re: 1982 Huffy Pro Lightning

SHARP...one of the toughest build to do is black and gold...the gold colors can vary so much but this turned out FANTASTIC.  Love it.


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#5 2010-09-03 7:48pm

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Re: 1982 Huffy Pro Lightning

Nice... was just thinkin it needs the aero rims.  Looks like you already have plans for them tho smile  My neighbor got one of these new and ended up racing it for one season.  He ended up giving it to me and I gave it to someone else... really should have kept it.  Oh, the memories...


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#6 2010-10-05 6:39pm

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Re: 1982 Huffy Pro Lightning

I know what I need to make look like now! Dude that looks sweet. Where did you find decals?


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#7 2010-10-05 7:07pm

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Re: 1982 Huffy Pro Lightning

Love it. Had one as a kid, my first bmx bike.

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#8 2011-01-02 12:25am

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Re: 1982 Huffy Pro Lightning

So cool, I also got a Huffy Pro Lightning for Christmas in 1982!  I got the one with the bronze paint over chrome...as tested in BMX Action and BMX Plus.  My bike got run over by a drunk driver (luckily I wasn't on it) in the summer of 1982.  The only thing that I still have of it is the Araya Aero Wheels.  I picked up one of these framesets last year and am planning to do a restore similar to yours.  How did you come by the bike decals?

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#9 2011-03-26 1:23am

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This brought back a flood of memories. I was given this bike, same color, gold rims, everything identical, by my family, Christmas of 1983. (they had bought it a year earlier and hung onto it until I was ready). When I saw it by the tree at age 5, I hated it (if you can believe that). It scared the hell out of me. I was a reclusive, dorky kid that like legos, and riding a bike through our welfare and trailer laden neighborhood in the suburbs of Seattle meant I had to "confront the world." It took me a while to learn to ride it. I had 5 or 6 nasty spills learning how to turn it around on gravel once the training wheels were off, but once I did get the hang of it, something happened and I turned into an adventurer. I became a crazy, adventurous, never home, (except to eat peanut butter sandwiches and apple slices) kid. I remember one triumphant incident at age 7 when the prettiest girl on the block made eyes with me, and her much older, (I believe 12 year old) bully of a boyfriend got super pissed and hopped on his bike to chase me. He didn't have a chance as Lightening and I navigated the old dirt fields outside our neighborhood like champs. I made it home and silently skidded the black and gold beauty up next to my mom in the grass yard, who was gardening. She had no idea what was going on, and didn't even look up from her work on the warm summer evening. The bully pulled up outside our fence, circling like a shark, swearing under his breath, knowing there was nothing he could do. That bike took me everywhere. I was now 8 years old, pedaling around my neighborhood, unafraid of anyone or anything. Old Lightening followed me after we moved the following year to a slightly better neighborhood. My mom had gotten a deal on a real house from friends we could rent (no more trailer and no more scary low rent apartments down the street for us).  As the new kid on the block, I was challenged to a bike race in the park by one of the spoiled juvenile delinquent kids with drug dealer parents, who had just gotten a 3 speed for his birthday. Me and ol' Lightening smoked him on the 1/4 mile cement track, and I was only 9 at the time, he was 13. The next day, I got up and went around to the side of the house to get my bike and it was gone. The drug dealer 13 year old brat's older brothers had stolen it. One of them rode the bike by my house later that day, back and forth outside our window  to taunt me. That would be the last time I ever saw ol Lightening again. My parents had been recently divorced and my mom worked 3 jobs. She was never home and I had no friends being the new kid on the block. When I finally broke down in tears a week later and told her about what had happened, (partly out of shame, partly embarrassment) she looked heartbroken, knowing I'd lost my best friend in the world. She made me march over to demand the bike back and went with me to confront the kid's parents. Well, the parents weren't home, and the bike was long gone (probably sold or traded for Garbage Pail Kids or Transformers). As I sit here with a tear in my eye, I just wanted to say, thanks for restoring this amigo, you also restored a memory for me of something I thought I'd lost forever.

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#10 2011-05-01 6:29pm

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Re: 1982 Huffy Pro Lightning

smile

I am building a new Huffy myself..

I have a 2002 Primus that will hopefully come together this Season..

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#11 2011-05-09 3:37pm

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Re: 1982 Huffy Pro Lightning

I have this same bike for sale if anyones interested email me at ipodlover96@gmail.com

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#12 2011-06-23 2:11pm

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Great Bike it really is a blast from my past!  I had this exact bike, it's funny because back then I hated the damn thing because I couldn't afford a Redline so I got the Huffy.  25 years puts things in perspective.  I wish I still had mine.  Great restore job!smile

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#13 2011-06-23 3:21pm

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SO, SO cool of you to build this, and what a bang up job you did!  OMG man that thing is nothing short of elegant.  i'm a HUGE 80s huffy fan and when i find the blue/yellow pro thunder that was my first bike, you can bet it'll be built up right. 

triple thumbs up to this build man - totally different, real, OG, and memory laden.  smile


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#14 2011-07-12 9:37pm

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midschooler wrote:

I know what I need to make look like now! Dude that looks sweet. Where did you find decals?

x2:cool:


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#15 2011-07-12 9:43pm

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Re: 1982 Huffy Pro Lightning

The decals were custom made by a guy on here.  Unfortunately, he's long gone from the decal biz.....

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#16 2011-07-14 12:07pm

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Nice bike!  I had the same one when I was a kid.  I cracked the handlebars right where the V meets the main bar, so my dads buddy welded them up.  The neck on that bike was made for a larger diameter tubing, so there where these shims welded right to the bars making it fatter in that one area.  you couldn't just change the bars without adding shims.  Don't know what they were thinking with that.

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#17 2011-09-22 5:10pm

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I love your bikes man some ppls here have up to 30 bikes/FF sets but your 3 bikes blows all others way on out.  a lot of ppls may not agree w/that but them 3 is just my style. super bad.


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#18 2011-09-27 11:28am

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Super sweet nicest huffy ive ever senn 5*****


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#19 2012-07-27 12:15am

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Great job! I had one. It was my last store bought bike before I built my Powerlite. I think I bought it at Kmart. I love the black and gold. The teardrop frame is way cool. Only thing I hated was the gearing. It was like starting out in 3rd gear on a 3 speed. I wish I would have kept it and got some 3pc cranks. Thanks for the memories!

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#20 2012-08-25 8:25pm

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that turned out nice, kickstand and all.  great pics!


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#21 2012-08-27 4:01pm

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Hey nice bike ihave the same bike all orignal.I was just on this site to get some info on how much i could sell it and my 500b red line for.nice job.

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#22 2012-12-03 9:06am

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can you please tell me where you got the decals from?? i have one in chrome im trying to restore and i cant find them anywhere.


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#23 2013-04-28 7:09am

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Re: 1982 Huffy Pro Lightning

Super nice restoration (save for the Araya rims that I guess you are working on).  This was my second bike (first real sorta BMX)  My first was a stingray conversion.  Those were awful weren't they???  yikes   My first major injury was on one of these when I did a slingshot start and the chain parted... went over the bars and was basically slammed to the ground shattering my right collar bone.


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#24 2013-05-13 12:35am

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Re: 1982 Huffy Pro Lightning

Mirage1972 wrote:

What are the frames on these made out of? Same as regular Huffy, or are they chromoly?

Slop-brazed hi-ten. The "cro-mo" version was special order for hundreds of dollars, the standard version his represents was something like $140.

I said represents because this is NOT a RESTORATION. Car guys call this kind of thing a "restification" because it has some improved parts. The translucent yellow-on-chrome steel brakes and sprocket are gone, along with the gold ADX-7W rims. I didn't look at the hubs, but I doubt this restification used the original black-painted steel version either.

Here's the "Real Deal" from an item that recently sold on ebay:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/230976269521?nm … _cvip=true

Note to the mods: This expired listing is an example, not an attempt to sell, and doesn't belong in the ebay section.


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#25 2013-09-24 7:23pm

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Re: 1982 Huffy Pro Lightning

AWESOME!


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