Look Ma, No Hands!
I bought some old chromed rims for a decent price on eBay to replace the originals which were too far gone. They were nice and straight and not dented. I didn’t expect them to clean up and they didn’t - too badly pitted in a few spots. So, off to the powder coater they went to be made gloss black. I disassembled and cleaned the hubs. The bike was clearly left outside for many years and the lower half of the innards were rusted and the grease was solid like dried toffee. I soaked everything in mineral spirits for a couple weeks. I replaced the bearing retainers in the front hub and rebuilt the Bendix coaster brake with new bearings I popped into the original Schwinn retainers (after soaking them in Evaporust for a few days.) It was a much simpler rebuild than my 1942 New Departure coaster brake, but I don’t expect the Bendix’s brake shoes to give me the same excellent braking performance as the ND. New stainless steel DT spokes and brass nipples and I’m ready to build.