'59 White Corvette, A Gentle Restoration


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partsguy

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Aug 13, 2008
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It's 106 miles to Chicago, we got a full water bottle, we're wearing sun glasses, and we're riding a 1959 Schwinn. HIT IT!

With a list of techniques to try on the frame, fork, and guard, most of my parts lined up, and a goal to have him done by mid spring, now is the time for another build thread. I don't think anyone has done a build thread on a white Corvette, so I'll be the first. Hopefully, this will be helpful in documentation for anyone else whose ride needs TLC.

This bike will taken out for a ride along the beautiful trails of Mammoth Cave National Park, and finished with a photo in front of the nearby Corvette Museum. Fitting, isn't it?

Before:

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partsguy

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
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The tear down, and yes, my beautiful girlfriend was there to watch me pick new parts at Indy :kissingheart::D

Looking ahead, to the future...
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The rear fender will be replaced. This stainless fender has way too many dents and scuffs for me to fix.

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The headlight rattled, and I had to find out why:

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I like this original speedometer, hopefully it can be fixed and made to function again. The inner cable is gone, gauge lens is smashed:

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partsguy

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Here are the rear fenders, the replacement one came off a Corvette without caliper brakes, notice how it doesn't have the little bracket? The braces also are not as nice. I will combine these two fenders, so I can re-use the fender braces and bracket from the original. Now, where can I get correct Schwinn-size rivets? Replacement on the right, old one on the left.

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Cutting off the old one was fun, lots of metal sparks!! Yeah, I need new bottom rear fender hardware now!

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Almost there...

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partsguy

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I am waiting to continue this project until I have a reasonably warm, dry weekend. The paint work and detailing has to be done outside. It can be very messy work!

For the time being, I will continue gathering parts, specifically a correct, original shifter cable and linkage, and get started on the wheels. Wheels are painstaking, the most time-consuming part of any build except for chrome or paint.
 
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partsguy

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Freqman1

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The OA bath is an all or nothing proposition. If you just try to do part of it the bike will be two different shades. I’ve never seen it mess with decals. You can look at the Columbia motorbike I did-didn’t phase them. V/r Shawn
 
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partsguy

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Nice work on the Columbia! Were those water transfer or silk screened decals like the ones on this Schwinn? I am eager to try the OA, but I might buy a standard, run of the mill Schwinn from the era and dip it - just to test it. That way, if it does attack these 50s-60s decals, I'll know before I do irreversible damage to a "grail" Schwinn.
 

island schwinn

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I would really like to know the process used to make the decals on this bike.it seems the gold overlay might've been screened over the waterslide decals.when they wear away,the red seems to stay intact.
 

Freqman1

Riding a '37 Dayton Super Streamline
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#15
Well my experience is that OA is pretty gentle but has anyone here ever dipped one of the later Schwinns--Jag, Vette, or Ray? V/r Shawn
 

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