1940 SCHWINN C Model Maroon & Ivory "Rustoration"

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OC_Rolling_Art

Finally riding a big boys bike
Aug 17, 2019
226
55
Huntington Beach, CA
This bike has been a personal dream in the making since acquiring the NOS tank and front fender, and house-painted frame from Gertrude Vorgang at the Pedal Pusher in Newport Beach in the summer of 1980. I was 15 years old at the time and she was kind enough to place these parts on layaway to accommodate my modest salary of about $75 a week. She told me then that this was a rare model, she had only owned two, the one she was selling me and a rider that was stolen from her shop in the late 70’s, of course there are quite a few we see in existence. I paid $80.00 for the frame and $80.00 for the tank, which was twice as much as an NOS prewar straight-bar tank I purchased earlier from Recycled Cycles down the road. The fender was $25.00. The tank and front fender have never have never been mounted (no marks from screws or fender rivets).

After 40 years I am excited to get this one going, and thought it worthy of starting a thread here. I will be mocking it up to check fit and function in the next couple of weeks, and take her for a ride. I need to match some paint and get a little plating done, and then it will be dis-assembled and painted. I will be aging the new plating and paint to try and match the tank and fender. Many of you cabers have helped my supply line for this one.

More pics to come…

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Hammerhead

I live for the CABE
Oct 5, 2018
1,032
Franklin,NH
Very cool story and project, looking great so far. Will definitely be watching this project. So keep the updates coming. Thank you
Hammerhead
 

OC_Rolling_Art

Finally riding a big boys bike
Aug 17, 2019
226
55
Huntington Beach, CA
I love the C-model frame.
I saw 2 different forks: 1 locking, 1 regular.
Check the frame and correct cups to use a locking fork.
Have Fun!
I know you do... Frame has built-in provision for locking forks, no locking-cup needed.
 
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OC_Rolling_Art

Finally riding a big boys bike
Aug 17, 2019
226
55
Huntington Beach, CA
What a great project, Ill bet it turns out excellent. Ill be following along.

Just curious about the rear sprocket -- why is there the U shaped cut out between the teeth?
That is a good question... I’m going to check other ND set-ups I have.


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RaleighRich

Look Ma, No Hands!
Aug 11, 2018
43
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Hoopeston Illinois
Ahhhh Thanks! Somewhere back in my teflon coated sieve like brain I thought I knew the answer but could not think of it.
Ingenious!
It’s to facilitate easier spoke changing. Gotta have some way for the spokes to pass perpendicular through the hub eyelets to build a wheel or replace a broken spoke.
Beautiful bike!
 
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John G04

I live for the CABE
Oct 17, 2016
1,980
57
Bethlehem, PA, United States
Looking good so far! Are you going to paint the fenders to match the tank or distress the tank to match the fenders?
 

SJ_BIKER

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Mar 4, 2010
6,137
Hollister CA
What kind of camera are you using...makes everything look sharp....bikes looking good...appreciating the breakdown of the process...
 

PCHiggin

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Jan 22, 2008
4,032
Ryderwood, United States
WOW,40 years! Good for you. Wish I had the foresight to hang onto a couple of things from then. Thought I was doing good keeping a few things for 25 years now. That's a beauty,especially the sheet metal.
 

spoker

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Mar 3, 2011
5,428
Minneapolis, United States
why is this called a c model and not a straight bar?
 

OC_Rolling_Art

Finally riding a big boys bike
Aug 17, 2019
226
55
Huntington Beach, CA
why is this called a c model and not a straight bar?
This has been discussed in another thread or two, I will try and find it... Basically, the "tank" opening is a bit narrower, and the straight section in the top bar is longer in the C model.
 

OC_Rolling_Art

Finally riding a big boys bike
Aug 17, 2019
226
55
Huntington Beach, CA
Finally tightened up the last fasteners on this bike. I like to drop the rear from about 6 inches to test for rattles, this one is tight. First ride today after 40 years of yearning. Now it comes apart for blasting, plating and paint work. More progress posts to come.

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