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    Wald front basket on ‘61 Wasp

    Just finished adding the giant wald basket to my ‘61 Wasp newsboy bicycle. It worked out ok even with the springer fork due to my Wasp having the tall razor Cycle Truck stem. I had repainted the bike in a hurry, just two days (black first day, white the second) before I moved overseas, so I’ll...
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    "Steer Horn" and similar handlebars on Schwinns

    My bad on the gooseneck nomenclature, thought that was a typical descriptor for the Northroad, but GTs58 is was more knowledgeable in these areas, I’m still a newbie learning:).
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    "Steer Horn" and similar handlebars on Schwinns

    I believe the style handlebars on my 1958 Jaguar Mark II are the Northroad, sometimes called gooseneck, picture below. For the Cycletruck, these are 22in wide handlebars, I believe made by Torrington. The ones used on the Schwinn balloon Wasps as the Newsboy Specials were wider, 24in wide...
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    "Steer Horn" and similar handlebars on Schwinns

    Good questions. Will probably need pictures to advance the discussion, to distinguish different handlebars and what is/is not swept back or steer horn handlebars. Other distinct types are gooseneck (early Jaguar) and box type (tandem and Cycletruck...though the latter two are different widths).
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    Crusty cycle truck

    No, my stem bolt is about 11 inches long.
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    Crusty cycle truck

    Here is stem bolt on ebay now, but it’s 18 inches long. Check length of steer tube plus height of stem above the steer tube once installed, then see how much length you have. The steer tube on the cycle truck is longer than most other Schwinns, so may be right length. My Cycle Truck stem is...
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    Crusty cycle truck

    You can find originals on eBay much easier than trying to find an original stem, or a non original that works that you can’t tell a difference once installed, having an original stem is the hard part. I’ve seen stem bolts for sell here in classifieds, so try posting a WTB there too.
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    Crusty cycle truck

    Yes, meant cleaning up and adding back missing parts like the front basket. Patina is cool.
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    Crusty cycle truck

    That’s a good find! The handlebar stem is original and a great piece to find intact on the bike, definitely worth restoring.
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    Painting 61 Balloon Wasp

    The Sherwin Williams automotive paint in the spray can is good quality and it goes on well. The cans come with a red button that you use to depress a stem in the base of the can to release the hardener. This hardener makes the paint dry fast (2K paint, epoxy plus paint), dry to the touch in...
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    Painting 61 Balloon Wasp

    Finished assembly of the Wasp. The only outstanding issues are the missing white lines on the chain guard and incorrect waffle pedals (correct ones are the earlier free spinning version). The bike is from Pueblo Colorado, original yellow bike shop tag is Masters Bicycle, Pueblo Colorado. I...
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    Painting 61 Balloon Wasp

    That worked. I took the wheel off to better maneuver the rear fender and get to the attachment points. Had to pull it a good bit, think this was due to the fenders having been rolled, may have adjusted the shape some.
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    Painting 61 Balloon Wasp

    For the fender braces, which set goes on the rear and front, there are two different lengths, one longer and one shorter. A set approximately 11 3/4 inches long and other set 13 inches long. I have the shorter set on the rear fender now and it does not come up to meet the top attachment point or...
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    Painting 61 Balloon Wasp

    Thanks guys, I will try the wax paper. Now on to assembly.
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    Painting 61 Balloon Wasp

    Finished the painting and removed the stencils about 1.5 hours after painting, enough time for the paint to harden some but not too long that the stencils covered in paint stuck to the frame. The fenders and frame turned out fine, mostly crisp lines around the stencils, some edges that are not...
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