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Monark Firestone Cruiser Balloon Tire Bicycle

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This vintage Firestone needs some work but can be beautiful again!

Monark Firestone Cruiser Balloon Tire Bicycle

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This is a Vintage 1950's Firestone Cruiser built by Monark in Chicago.  This bicycle has at least one extra coat of black pain ton the frame, fenders, fork, and other small parts that were oversprayed (with brush?).  Not sure of the original color, although there is some white showing up near the headtube and along the sides of the fenders.  Also what appears to be some light blue writing on the seattube.  The black repaint was done fairly recently as the seat clamp bolt has been replaced with an SAE allen bolt and painted over. 
The chainguard, stem, and handlebars have a coat of primer on them - fairly easy to take off but can't be positive how much chrome is left underneath.  There are dents and dings on the fenders along with multiple scratches.  Also, the frame and fork have several scratches.  The repaint is definitely amateur.  Very amateur.
The rims have also been repainted a white color.  The spoke nipples are also white. 

The Cruiser isn't rideable yet, but with a decent tune-up it would make a fun daily rider.  With a bunch of tlc, tons of steel wool, and some paint, it would make a great project!  Go for the daily rider.
Rear fender does have the original reflector plate, now painted in black and aluminum.

Includes License plate from Reedsburg, WI, 1979. 

Seat Tube - 18"
Top Tube - 22"
Stand-over Height - 29"

Seatpost - painted black but it moves
Saddle - home-repair job - the seat pan is actually plywood. 
Stem - primered steel stem, chromed underneath
Handlebars - 22" wide cruiser bar with red grips, seems to have a coat of primer or something on it.  The chrome shines underneath if you use enough steel wool
Crankset - single piece steel crankset with Monark design chainring
Pedals - Newer (Wald?) block style pedals, worn, but usable
hubs - New Departure Model D rear coaster brake hub and an unmarked front hub, decent chrome underneath all the grime.
rims - 26" balloon tire rims, painted white with a brush
1/2" chain is in ok shape, spins but is rusted - will need a long oil bath to make it pretty again
Tires - are not rideable, will need to be replaced.

Serial #180 0 9A57      A0  81008   (serial number is on an aluminum plate under the bb)
Reference #lost

Additional Information

Manufacturer Monark
Color Black
Country of Origin USA
Used or New Used
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