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#555544 Skyway K-Serial.

Posted by sodbuster on 18 March 2019 - 02:33 PM



pro·​to·​type | \ ˈprō-tə-ˌtīp
Definition of prototype
1 : an original model on which something is patterned : archetype
2 : an individual that exhibits the essential features of a later type
3 : a standard or typical example
4 : a first full-scale and usually functional form of a new type or design of a construction (such as an airplane)



A beautiful early example. But I do agree "Japanese made is more like it because the production numbers seem to be in the hundreds. prototypes are not made in the hundreds. Let alone sold in quantity. This is the only collector hobby I know where whenever someone "dosen't know" or "isn't sure" the tag "prototype" is added. IMO all that does is spread confusion.


Sorry for the rant. not intended or aimed at the OP. Just my brain leaking again. :wacko:   

#555034 OLD SCHOOL BMX 20 inch 70's (1979 and earlier)

Posted by sodbuster on 23 December 2018 - 01:57 AM

 1976 FMF JW (Jeff Ward.) Replica.





*** All parts in used condition with the original finish unless otherwise specified. ***   


This is a 1976 FMF JW replica mild steel frame. I got it complete from another collector. I then made very few changes to it to make it more to my mind’s eye. The understanding is that JW stands for Jeff Ward. I’ll go with that.



Frame: FMF JW Replica. Serial # FJC0**.  (Repainted)      

Fork: Redline. (Chromed no longer nickle.) 

Bars: Matthews.

Stem: Ashtabula BMX non-stamped, Schwinn spec.

Head set: Schwinn approved Tange.

Grips: Hunt Wilde.

Seat: Schwinn approved 10 speed type saddle.

Seat post: Schwinn 13/16.

Seat post clamp: Schwinn

Cranks: Ashtabula BMX 6.5 inch non stamped.

Sprocket: Schwinn Mag type.

Pedals: Union Rat Trap. (Welded braces.)

Chain: Sedis.

Bottom bracket set: Schwinn approved Tange.

Rims: ARAYA, 20x2.125 steel, chrome.

Hubs: Front, Shimano MX.

           Rear,  Shimano “Coaster Brake” 36 hole low flange.

Spokes/nipples:  .120 gauge. / Chrome plated brass.

Tires: Ching Shin C-183 20x2.125 front 20x1.75 rear.

Extras and incidentals: Sewn on, snap type cross bar pad. Preston Petty oval number plate. Reproduction frame stickers. Reproduction FMF BMX sticker on the number plate. All other stickers vintage originals.





















#554244 Mel Stoutsenberger - History of BMX photos (the Mel Thread)

Posted by sodbuster on 31 August 2018 - 09:12 PM



Is that the buidling that was next to the mini bike track (food concessions, restrooms) with the flat track oval to the right? (which could have been seen when the International track ran a GP or off road course, longer using the minbike real estate)


And likely discussed before as I have seen that image, are you driving or passenger?


and of course very cool!

That weekend I was on the sidelines turning wrenches. My partners in crime Tom Elloitt and Larry Fehrnstrom are in the car in this shot. Also my friend Tim Gehring had been giving us a bunch of help with the car around that time so we surprised him by tossing him a helmet and putting him in the co-drivers seat for one of the heat races. I had plenty of seat time in the car up to that point and the look on Tim's face when I tossed him the brain bucket and told him to get in the car was priceless.  :Want: 

#554029 Happy 60th Birthday, Bob Haro... an interview from earlier in the year:

Posted by sodbuster on 30 June 2018 - 05:19 PM

Bob Haro at 60 is news that sends my mind rolling. In my perspective of the origin and progression of freestyle BMX, it was all done by the younger guys coming up. But it was a really more the guys my age that stuck to it and stayed dedicated and didn’t move on from it. To give you prespective of where I’m coming from, I’ll be 60 years old myself this year. Bob is about 6 months older than me.

#553890 2018 BMX Society x Valley Relics, NBA Reunion **Show Pics** Fri / Sat

Posted by sodbuster on 06 June 2018 - 04:33 PM

Interesting to note. Over the last few years at VW shows or camp outs there has always been a BMX bike or two running around. And the number seems to increase as the years go by. Now I see it goes both ways, as I see more and more VW's showing up now at BMX shows. Ain't life grand!  :ThumbsUp:

#553882 1976 FMF mild steel frame - serial # question

Posted by sodbuster on 04 June 2018 - 03:51 PM

So here we are almost two years later. Has anyone nailed down what "JW" turned out to stand for? Still wondering?  :Idunno: A little disclosure here. I now have a vested interest in sorting this out.  :Cool_LikeThat:

#553760 BMX Society Show, May 19th, Chatsworth w/ Ernie Alexander's NBA Reunion,...

Posted by sodbuster on 21 May 2018 - 01:47 AM

Gotta hand it to ya! It was a great time with a large turnout! great to se a lot of old friends and familiar faces. I even got to meet "Stormin' Normen" Epperson and his lovely lady. Fun kids to be sure. What follows are my photographic impressions of yesterdays fun. Enjoy!  :)





































































#553720 2018 BMXsociety Show Lifetime Achievement Award goes to... The Utterbacks

Posted by sodbuster on 14 May 2018 - 03:42 AM

Pretty damn awesome and well deserved. 

#553609 Monster Swap meet pick up this weekend.

Posted by sodbuster on 01 May 2018 - 08:02 PM

I'm thinking yours still might have started life as a complete then later modified by the owner. As oposed to a bike shop frame build up. And really the only reason for me to go down that road is your front sproket. I have owned three Webco completes over the years. I still own two. Every one I have ever owned or have seen thet still had the majority of it's original parts had that same 44t front sprocket.


For example. These are both '79 models I also had a '78 that had this front sproket as well.





#553598 Monster Swap meet pick up this weekend.

Posted by sodbuster on 30 April 2018 - 03:40 PM

WOW that's a crazy grab! I'm betting you can pin the year of the Webco down better by checking the date codes on the cranks and stem. The cranks may have a 2 digit year code cast into them, located at the sprocket pin. Not all years have it but if it does you can get a date from the cranks without removing them. :idea:

#553569 BMX Society Snapbacks - Get Yours Here

Posted by sodbuster on 26 April 2018 - 11:12 PM

 Because. BMX. That’s why!



#553557 BMX Society Snapbacks - Get Yours Here

Posted by sodbuster on 25 April 2018 - 04:57 PM

Yea, you know I had to. GET SOME!! :break:

#553527 Mel Stoutsenberger Interview by Scott Towne

Posted by sodbuster on 14 April 2018 - 04:39 AM

Great read. Mel and Towne. Both legends in my book.

#553402 A PSA from Sodbuster Labs.

Posted by sodbuster on 31 March 2018 - 05:02 AM

:nana:  :nana:  FOUR YEAR BUMP!  :nana:  :nana: 


It's four years later kids but it's still true! It's springtime. OIL IT!

#553378 GJS finally finished

Posted by sodbuster on 29 March 2018 - 01:19 PM

Oh so nice. I'm droolin'! I love the fact it has always been quality over all else for you. You have not put a lot out there over the years. But what you have put out there has always knocked me off my feet.   Salute! :cheers:


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