1946 Schwinn Autocycle Correct Rims?


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dave429

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Oct 24, 2012
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#1
I Posted this Autocycle a couple weeks ago. I am wondering what the correct rims would have come on it. I recently read somewhere that Schwinn did not start making the S-2 rims until 1948. Would drop center rims have been standard on the 1946 Autocycle?
 

cds2323

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#2
I also had a 46 Autocycle that I fixed up for a friend. It had the flat Lobdell rims. From what I understand either the flat Lobdells or drop centers were used in 46. So you could go either way.


Edit: the rims were also chrome, not painted.
 

dave429

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Oct 24, 2012
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Eau Claire, United States
#8
I picked this bike up with another frame and a couple more wheelsets. One was a drop center wheelset. This was probably the intended wheelset for this bike and the S-2 must have went to a different Schwinn Excelsior I have.

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juanitasmith13

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#10
My 1946 PK had an ugly seat on it when I got it... but the painted rims, Drop center, and hook type inside go with the early '46 serial number, had 'black-out hubs that shores up Schwinn's 'waste not want not' theory of doing business. The 1941 DX that Euphman06 rescued from the antique dealer in NY had the same rims. Lobdell were also a definite
possiblele for 1946.

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dave429

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Oct 24, 2012
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#12
I think I will rebuild the axles and regrease everything and put the drop centers on it then. I can use the current rims on the bike for another build I'm working on.
 

keith kodish

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#13
The 1946 rim specs say many of the models are equipped with Schwinn's new hook bead type rim. What rim was that, the drop center?
hooked rim was most likely the flat lob dell,introduced in late '40,had lob dell,in cursive,on the rims,your bike looks like it could have had either,..keith
 

dave429

Finally riding a big boys bike
Oct 24, 2012
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Eau Claire, United States
#14
I will run the drop centers since I don't have Lobdells. I will use the S-2's for my 1950 D-19. Now to rebuild the front axle. Since the two bikes came together with both wheelsets, I'm think the drop centers were most likely on it as well. It all makes sense. Thanks everyone for the input!
 

atencioee

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#15
Were the spokes on the drop centers of these mid to late 40s Schwinns laced with a 3 cross or a 4 cross pattern? I'm assuming Lobdell's were laced 4 cross like the S-2s?
 

oldfart36

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#16
My 46, B6, has original drop centers on it. But I have seen a few that have had the Lobdells,

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fattyre

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#17
Were the spokes on the drop centers of these mid to late 40s Schwinns laced with a 3 cross or a 4 cross pattern? I'm assuming Lobdell's were laced 4 cross like the S-2s?
I’ve had two sets of factory spoked Lobdells and both were four cross.
 

atencioee

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May 29, 2018
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#18
Oldfart36, Can you tell me if the spokes on your drop centers are laced up 3 or 4 cross pattern? Also, what hubs are on the rear and front wheels?
 

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