1955 Schwinn Blue Phantom before and after!


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THEGOLDENGREEK

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
May 9, 2012
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1,607
Earth
#1
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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jd56

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Mar 26, 2011
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2,991
61
Norfolk Va / Va. Beach va.
#2
So I picked this bike up about a mount should 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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Freqman1

Riding a '37 Dayton Super Streamline
Jul 14, 2009
15,103
14,838
Evans, GA
#4
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
 

THEGOLDENGREEK

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
May 9, 2012
2,071
1,607
Earth
#5
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
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?
 

56 Vette

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Nov 21, 2014
645
718
Arcadia Ohio
#13
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
 

Jeff54

I live for the CABE
Sep 11, 2013
1,849
619
Ft Myers, Florida
#14
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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