1946 Schwinn project


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rusty.kirkpatrick

I live for the CABE
Jun 26, 2014
1,587
3,006
church point, la.
#1
Got another Schwinn project in the works. No, I’m not going exclusively Schwinn, but this bike from @oldfart36 was calling my name. Also got my first 2 speed recently that I might hook up. Thought it’d be a great O.A. bath candidate, so I gave it a soak. Kinda messed up though because I woke up fairly early on my day off to get it soaking, had trouble getting the stem out and broke the stem bolt. Ended up having to drill out the threaded hold at the bottom of the forks to beat out the stuck wedge. I should have WD40’d the struck wedge for a while, but didn’t have the patience. Wasn’t exactly sure how much wood bleach to use, so I dumped what I had left in the can, which was almost half. Anyway, by the time it got soaking was around lunch time and had to work today and was afraid to let it soak too long. Ended up taking it out right before dark. Came out O.K., but I’ll go over everything with fine steel and WD40. Was too dark for pics when I was done. One question, if I change the Bendix hub to my ND 2 speed, can I use the same spokes?

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Before: I wiped the old grease and crud off.
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WES PINCHOT

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Aug 16, 2006
2,569
1,116
CHICAGO AREA
#7
Got another Schwinn project in the works. No, I’m not going exclusively Schwinn, but this bike from @oldfart36 was calling my name. Also got my first 2 speed recently that I might hook up. Thought it’d be a great O.A. bath candidate, so I gave it a soak. Kinda messed up though because I woke up fairly early on my day off to get it soaking, had trouble getting the stem out and broke the stem bolt. Ended up having to drill out the threaded hold at the bottom of the forks to beat out the stuck wedge. I should have WD40’d the struck wedge for a while, but didn’t have the patience. Wasn’t exactly sure how much wood bleach to use, so I dumped what I had left in the can, which was almost half. Anyway, by the time it got soaking was around lunch time and had to work today and was afraid to let it soak too long. Ended up taking it out right before dark. Came out O.K., but I’ll go over everything with fine steel and WD40. Was too dark for pics when I was done. One question, if I change the Bendix hub to my ND 2 speed, can I use the same spokes? YES, YOU CAN USE THE SAME SPOKES!

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Before: I wiped the old grease and crud off.
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rusty.kirkpatrick

I live for the CABE
Jun 26, 2014
1,587
3,006
church point, la.
#8
Here it is after about 5 hours, I was afraid to let it soak overnight. The white came out bright, but a few spots on the blue could be better. Took it out and wiped it with a soapy rag. Should’ve been patient and waited til this weekend so I could’ve set it soaking at night and checked it the next day when I wouldn’t be working. I may try another soak or fine steel wool it.

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rusty.kirkpatrick

I live for the CABE
Jun 26, 2014
1,587
3,006
church point, la.
#12
Onto the fenders, they were a little beat up, but I beat as many dents out as I could and went over them again with steel wool. I beat on em for a good while, they came out o.k., especially since I have no idea what I’m doing. At least the braces were super straight. Much respect for real body men and fabricators.

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ballooney

Finally riding a big boys bike
Dec 5, 2010
488
900
Santa Rosa, United States
#15
Here it is after about 5 hours, I was afraid to let it soak overnight. The white came out bright, but a few spots on the blue could be better. Took it out and wiped it with a soapy rag. Should’ve been patient and waited til this weekend so I could’ve set it soaking at night and checked it the next day when I wouldn’t be working. I may try another soak or fine steel wool it.

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