1955 Schwinn Blue Phantom before and after!

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THEGOLDENGREEK

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
May 9, 2012
2,698
Earth
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 poopoo doodoo, 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
6,955
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Norfolk Va / Va. Beach va.
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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JimRoy

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Jan 8, 2017
622
Indianapolis
Great work George. Thanks for letting me restore the seat for you. It was a fun project. Jim
 
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Freqman1

Riding a '37 Dayton Super Streamline
Jul 14, 2009
19,268
Evans, GA
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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THEGOLDENGREEK

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
May 9, 2012
2,698
Earth
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?
 

Freqman1

Riding a '37 Dayton Super Streamline
Jul 14, 2009
19,268
Evans, GA
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?
Correct, the girls bike was one year (1955) only. V/r Shawn
 
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THEGOLDENGREEK

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
May 9, 2012
2,698
Earth
That is not the same bike....wow nice one George totally amazing!!!
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!
 
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Saving Tempest

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Feb 6, 2012
5,155
53
Earth (Middle)
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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56 Vette

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Nov 21, 2014
663
Arcadia Ohio
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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Jeff54

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Sep 11, 2013
2,357
Ft Myers, Florida
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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