1955 Schwinn Blue Phantom before and after!

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  1. #1 Posted Oct 23, 2017

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    So I picked this bike up about a month ago from a barn in NJ. It was really rough when I got it. I did the oxalic acid bath to the frame, fork, chainguard and rear rack. The fenders, crank and handle bars and rims, I used Zep A lum. Plus the seat was gone so a good friend of mine that is on the Cabe restore the seat thank you very much jim bowman! Plus Frank for also helping me out on the hood and tank. But this goes to show you what looks like &#!^, could come back to life with a little cleaning. My girl couldn't believe it was the same bike, now she loves riding her phantom and is going to keep it!
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  3. #3 Posted Oct 23, 2017

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    Great work George. Thanks for letting me restore the seat for you. It was a fun project. Jim
     
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    Nice bike George. I think some folks refer to these as "Christmas Bikes" which is really in reference to the blue boy's models which were supposedly produced for Christmas of '55. The girls models were advertised from the beginning of '55 as being available in black, red, green, and blue. I've seen these girls models with serials in March so I doubt they were sold as Christmas bikes. V/r Shawn
     
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    Shawn I just changed the title for you, I read some older post on these bicycle and that they were some what rare! But anyways they only made the women's phantom one year, is that correct?
     
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    George, I think you trickin us, that can’t the same bike! Gotta be one of the best transformations ever!
     
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    No its the same bike my friend!
     
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    Correct, the girls bike was one year (1955) only. V/r Shawn
     
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    That is not the same bike....wow nice one George totally amazing!!!
     
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    It’s the same bike, look at the ding in the chain guard in the before pic. I did apply a new water decal on the phantom chain guard because mine was gone!
     
  11. #11 Posted Oct 23, 2017

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    That has got to be the best looking ladies' tank I've EVER seen! If that bike were a real lady and I was married I'm certain I'd be headed for a divorce when I saw her!
     
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    Great effort George!!! I really Like it!!
     
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    Wore out three sets of tires already!

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    Holy f&@$#*g moly!! Now that is one one of the best transformations I've seen. Not sure where it's at, but you deserve the right to bring back that "before and after" thread!! Nice job! Joe
     
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    Nice, albeit you need to put it back in salt water er somtin b/c you obviously didn't know that it's practically illegal to own any blue phantoms. or take the easy road before the phantom cops arrive. delete all the cleaned photos just stick up the rusty one. And, if anybody asks then, just tell em: "It's red". [grin] ;)
     
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    Turned out real nice George, it’s definitely a keeper.
     
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    Unreal Bounce Back! Nice save GG!
     
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    Very nice job.
     
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    :eek: That cleaned up really well. Nice
     
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    This is for all those who just walk by these great bikes with potential .. Great job George ... I am glad I could help a friend bring a rare bicycle back for his lady to ride .. what a difference .. Ride the wheels off it .. Ride Vintage - Frank
     
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    Holy crap George, what an incredible transformation!!
     
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