‘40 Motorbike (crusty)

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ballooney

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Dec 5, 2010
670
Santa Rosa, United States
This showed up today...Hudson badged I think. Rough but the paint will come back nicely based on a few test spots. Chrome is pretty far gone. Shippers flattened the rear fender but reflector survived. I’ll need some pedals and seat post...will make everything else work. Hope to move this into the project forum before too long. A gentle clean up and repack will be in store. Love love love these ‘40-41 straightbar tanks. Just plain bitchen!

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Autocycleplane

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Jan 6, 2010
2,130
NorCal, United States
Wow that will clean up really well actually. I worked wonders on the other maroon 40 with the motorbike decal a couple of summers ago. 1500 and a ton of water....

I’ve never seen a 40 SB with that tall seat tube sticking above the top tube. What’s the center to top measurement on the seat tube?

Great bike buddy. Don’t forget to look down the seat tube for a build sheet....
 

ballooney

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Dec 5, 2010
670
Santa Rosa, United States
Thank’s Eric. Good eyes...that’s a 20” mast!


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ballooney

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Dec 5, 2010
670
Santa Rosa, United States
Just looked...no build sheet.


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Pantmaker

I live for the CABE
Dec 1, 2013
1,096
Scottsdale, AZ
Great bike. I've got the same one badged La Salle. It's a sweet rider.
 

Spence36

Flying on my Aerocycle
Mar 3, 2011
1,536
Costa Mesa , Costa Mesa, CA, United States
Nice


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ballooney

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Dec 5, 2010
670
Santa Rosa, United States
Moved my son’s Panther off the stand and broke this one down today...
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Rear fender took a big hit in shipping...ouch!!
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bike fought me but a lot of kroil later I got through it...Took my time cleaning through the heavy grime on the frame. Super stoked on how well the paint is coming back...patent sticker survived.
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Pins are really strong!
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Love this badge..
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More to come...


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cyclingday

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Feb 24, 2008
7,499
Costa Mesa, California. United States
Thanks for the update.
It's great to see how well it's coming back.
There's a thread on here somewhere about the Hudsons department store in Detroit.
It's history was pretty interesting.
It was a massive store.
You should check it out, so that you can see where your bike came from.
 

Tim the Skid

I live for the CABE
Jan 3, 2013
1,599
Tacoma, United States
The late prewar and early postwar (40-41 and 46) straight bars are my favorite Schwinns. The paint and pins look great, looking forward to your updates.
 
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Sven

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Dec 24, 2017
3,213
56
Mechanicsville, MD, United States
Wow...what difference the clean up made. Great job.Keep us posted
 

ballooney

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Dec 5, 2010
670
Santa Rosa, United States
Thanks for the link to the Hudson Dept store thread. Great history. Too bad the building was demolished!

It looks like the “Detroit” in my badge has weathered away. I love this badge though and this bike also came with a Detroit license tag which now makes total sense.

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ballooney

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Dec 5, 2010
670
Santa Rosa, United States
I was able to scratch out a few hours on this today...mainly washing larger parts and soaking smaller parts...
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Couple in my son’s ‘53 Panther project and a lot of schwinn parts floating and soaking around here...
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