1964 Schwinn Continental Restoration.

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BillRays

'Lil Knee Scuffer
Jul 15, 2019
11
63
Michigan
Hello, and thanks for the add. I've had a Schwinn 1964 Continental since it was brand new and I was eight years old, and it has sat in a garage attic for the last 35 years with the idea I would someday get around to at least rehabbing it. I was only thinking rehab and not a full restoration because I never thought I could find original decals and paint for the bike. Of course, with ebay, I found the original decals for both the down tube and bottom tube. I have also found paint from KOOLSTUFF.COM that is Schwinn approved paint for the original Stingray bikes. My Continental paint is "Radiant Coppertone", and the Stingray paint is "Coppertone". There is a difference, but the paint is close. My question is: Can I find the original Radiant Coppertone paint? If not, should I go with the new paint anyway, knowing it's not exact, and I would lose the nice patina most of the original paint is showing after 55 years, even though there are several rough areas on the bike? Thanks for your interest.
 

stoney

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Jul 19, 2013
3,411
65
Fuquay Varina, NC, United States
Good day and welcome. We would love to see pics of your 1 owner 1964 Continental. There is some good following of those bikes here. You will get some good useful info. Some of us like restorations and some of us like original. Lets see what ya got.
 

Sven

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Dec 24, 2017
2,507
55
Mechanicsville, MD, United States
Im with @stoney , that frame is nice as well as the decals. No paint or decals needed there. I 'd wash it and put some cleaner wax on it. Polish up your chrome and other bare metal. Service everything, get new tires, tubes and rim strips, brake shoes, maybe brake and shifter cables.......
Ride and enjoy...go tract down the sex pot in the yellow shorts you got pictured..lol.
Would like to see some progress pics.
 

stoney

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Jul 19, 2013
3,411
65
Fuquay Varina, NC, United States
As far as the decals. If they have yellowed. I have mentioned this a few times in the past. I have sprayed Windex on a clean white towel and gently wipe the decals over and over, they do go back to white.
 
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GTs58

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
Sep 2, 2012
10,872
Central Arizona
I'm pretty much with the rest of the guys on just cleaning it up. And I'm somewhat in shock to see the old 1963 Atom 14-28 two prong freewheel on that puppy. 1964 was all Sprint stamped. You do have the 64 red button quick release brake levers and riveted Sprint tag on the rear derailleur though. I have a 1964 and 62 Continental and a 65 Varsity in Coppertone and the paint is definitely not the same color on any of the three. Not sure what year Pete had that Sting Ray Coppertone paint matched to but there were slight changes over the years.
 
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Eric Amlie

Finally riding a big boys bike
May 9, 2010
392
Madison, United States
I remember reading somewhere that at some point, Schwinn started putting gold flecks into their radiant paints which changed the appearance slightly. I'm thinking it was 1967, but don't quote me on it.
The color on the radiant paints also varies with how thickly it's applied. It keeps getting darker with additional coats. That may account for the variation that GTs58 speaks of.
This is the first I've heard of a difference between Coppertone and Radiant Coppertone.
 

rollfaster

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Dec 28, 2012
8,510
53
Ol' st. Lou
Please don’t repaint, although it is your bike to do what you desire. So much nice original paint there, you’ll be surprised on how it’ll clean up.
 

BillRays

'Lil Knee Scuffer
Jul 15, 2019
11
63
Michigan
I'm pretty much with the rest of the guys on just cleaning it up. And I'm somewhat in shock to see the old 1963 Atom 14-28 two prong freewheel on that puppy. 1964 was all Sprint stamped. You do have the 64 red button quick release brake levers and riveted Sprint tag on the rear derailleur though. I have a 1964 and 62 Continental and a 65 Varsity in Coppertone and the paint is definitely not the same color on any of the three. Not sure what year Pete had that Sting Ray Coppertone paint matched to but there were slight changes over the years.
Thanks for the interest GTs58. Your collection sounds very nice. So the paint is a big question. The only Schwinn approved paint I could find is for the Stingray called Coppertone. My Continental paint is Radiant Coppertone. There is a difference, as the Coppertone seems to have more of a yellowish hue, while the Radiant Coppertone looks darker and burnished. I'm definitely leaning towards just cleaning and polishing it up nicely. Looking a lot better already. One question I have for you is: The seat post is a European style post with an internal wedge, not the American style with the external, angled wedge, which seems odd. Any thoughts on that?
 

GTs58

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
Sep 2, 2012
10,872
Central Arizona
Thanks for the interest GTs58. Your collection sounds very nice. So the paint is a big question. The only Schwinn approved paint I could find is for the Stingray called Coppertone. My Continental paint is Radiant Coppertone. There is a difference, as the Coppertone seems to have more of a yellowish hue, while the Radiant Coppertone looks darker and burnished. I'm definitely leaning towards just cleaning and polishing it up nicely. Looking a lot better already. One question I have for you is: The seat post is a European style post with an internal wedge, not the American style with the external, angled wedge, which seems odd. Any thoughts on that?
The 64 Sting Rays and all the other Coppertone bikes including the Continental and Varsity that year were painted in Radiant Coppertone. The name Radiant was used until 1967 when they called it just Coppertone. In your other thread I said I'd be interested in what year color Coppertone Pete used to formulate that Sting Ray Coppertone. A buddy from the Schwinn forum restored a rare, only one known to exist, 1963 Corvette 5 speed and he used that Sting Ray Coppertone on his Corvette.

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Here's link to his thread here on the Cabe. https://thecabe.com/forum/threads/coppertone-corvette-5-speed-1963.144374/

My 64 Continental looks closer to my 62 Continental and way off next to my 65 Varsity. The 65 is more goldish and less copperish. ;)

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65 Varsity
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To answer your question on the seat post, all my bikes have the regular ole chromed post that cinched by the clamp on the seat tube. I have never seen one of these Schwinns with a wedged seat post.
 

BillRays

'Lil Knee Scuffer
Jul 15, 2019
11
63
Michigan
The 64 Sting Rays and all the other Coppertone bikes including the Continental and Varsity that year were painted in Radiant Coppertone. The name Radiant was used until 1967 when they called it just Coppertone. In your other thread I said I'd be interested in what year color Coppertone Pete used to formulate that Sting Ray Coppertone. A buddy from the Schwinn forum restored a rare, only one known to exist, 1963 Corvette 5 speed and he used that Sting Ray Coppertone on his Corvette.

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1563337768572.png


Here's link to his thread here on the Cabe. https://thecabe.com/forum/threads/coppertone-corvette-5-speed-1963.144374/

My 64 Continental looks closer to my 62 Continental and way off next to my 65 Varsity. The 65 is more goldish and less copperish. ;)

62 Continental 007.JPG


65 Varsity
65 Varsity As Found 010.jpg


To answer your question on the seat post, all my bikes have the regular ole chromed post that cinched by the clamp on the seat tube. I have never seen one of these Schwinns with a wedged seat post.
Beautiful bikes! And that color is my favorite. I'm sorry, I got my question wrong. It's the handlebar stem that has the European wedge, not the seat post. The seat post is as you describe, with no wedge.
 

schwinnbikebobb

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Jan 8, 2011
958
Central Ohio
I always thought Coppertone was all the same but the color changed from the original candy to almost a orangy color depending on how much sun exposure it had. Never had any luck getting it back to the candy look if it had went to the orange look. Or maybe it was a different shade which would explain that.
 
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