68 Apple Krate

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Kramai88

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Picked up this Apple Krate a couple days ago. The frame dates December of 68. Looks to have been repainted at some point but the paint job is decent. Fenders are reproduction and seat has been recovered. The rest of the parts seem to be if not original correct. I’m no expert on these so if anyone sees something that’s not correct I would like feedback. With it being a December frame could it have come with a red seat and a front fender? Again any feedback would be appreciated.

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Oldbikeguy1960

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Yes in agreement on the MD being 1969 model, interesting it still has the 1968 shifter. I had an MD Pea Picker, it had the first model 1969 shifter and a front fender. It s oddity was a Silverglow Pea Picker seat.
Whatever was on the line got used up so who knows what exactly would've been correct in changeover months.
Nice bike man.
 
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indycycling

Finally riding a big boys bike
Agree, MD is a 69 model, so fender is fine and as noted, typically see the early 69 shifter though. Your seat does not have a reflector tab suggesting it is an accessory seat or the tab was broken off, but it would be red for 69. Pedals should have double arrows. Most everything else looks correct including rims, springer, shifter/decal - was changed to " Hi Low" later in 68.

Take some more pics of the rear and bottom pan of the seat plus the crimps on your sissy bar and Q bolts. Any date code pics on the tires? Nice find!
 

GTs58

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
I have a December 1969 frame that has mostly 1970 parts. I’ve been told by many collectors that Schwinn would use the parts on hand to assemble a complete bicycle.View attachment 1694010

A drop out that was pre-stamped with 1969 December serial number was in most cases used to build a frame in 1970, and the bike would be built up with the 1970 parts specifications. The serial stamping date tells you absolutely nothing about a specific time of any build. That pre-stamped drop out could have been used to build a frame in July of 1970. And Schwinn did not build a bike all willy nilly with different parts laying all around.
 

Kramai88

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Agree, MD is a 69 model, so fender is fine and as noted, typically see the early 69 shifter though. Your seat does not have a reflector tab suggesting it is an accessory seat or the tab was broken off, but it would be red for 69. Pedals should have double arrows. Most everything else looks correct including rims, springer, shifter/decal - was changed to " Hi Low" later in 68.

Take some more pics of the rear and bottom pan of the seat plus the crimps on your sissy bar and Q bolts. Any date code pics on the tires? Nice find!
The Q bolts are there. the slick does say made in the USA Didn’t check for date codes. Thanks for your feedback
 

indycycling

Finally riding a big boys bike
The Q bolts are there. the slick does say made in the USA Didn’t check for date codes. Thanks for your feedback
Made in USA won't tell you if original or repro tires. Wanted to see the crimps on your sissy bar to see if original or repro. Same with pan side of seat, but enjoy your new bike
 
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