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No shots of the parts I need to see to verify the year. The carrier is not a 55 issue. Seat somewhat looks like a 57 issue but I can't tell if the chain guard was the 55 only piece or not. The rear hub should be dated.
What's the serial? You or he used the serial number look up and that is flawed.
After looking at the chain guard it appears from that distance shot that it's the 1955 only issue. For 1956 the mounting brackets were moved about 3/4 inch or so pushing the chain guard forward. The bars look 55, the 57's had the new style Northroad bars with a wider spread. Possible seat and carrier change?
So you can read the date on the hub huh? I'll take a wild guess too, and say it's a 55.
Chain guard rear mounting bracket looks short. 1955
Carrier has the short tongs. 1956-57-58
Seat "appears" to be 1956-57, it's similar but I don't think it's a Corvette seat. Later issue on another model.
@Siestabikes take a close up picture of the rear hub and then zoom in so you can read the date. That's probably the only way to verify the year. The seat has been changed out and the carrier could also have been changed.
Here's a 56-57 Corvette seat.
Here's a 55 chain guard. The rear rivet attaching the bracket will be 7/8" in from the end of the guard. If it's a 56 or later the rivet will be at the very end of the guard.
Well @Siestabikes , seems we have a dilemma here with that November 1955 SA hub causing even more confusion. Seems that Corvette fits right in with the model year transition. A 1956 model. All the components, not considering the incorrect seat, indicate this. The serial number was stamped on the drop out component, then tossed into a bucket and misplaced for 5 or 6 months. Slighty possible that it was built in December 55 but I'm leaning towards a build in 1956.
The Schwinn bars were unmarked until 1965-6. As far as I know there are no other parts on these 50's bikes that are stamped to indicate what the actual year these were built. It's not that unusual for a Schwinn to be built 5 or 6 months after the serial number was stamped on the component. There was a late 70's or early 80's Schwinn posted here recently that had an 8 month lapse between the serial date and the head badge date.
Schwinn really went through some part changes on this model! My '57 was made in Oct '56, and memory says it had the seat the red '56 above has. Can't recall if it had a Schwinn tag. Obviously, some had the no rivet seat with the white edging, and a '58 I had came with the Mesinger seat with rivets, but no iconic 'S' until '59.
when are ppl goin to realize that if schwinn had a stock of parts left over from a previous year and the fit the next year they used em,does anyone really think good parts where scrapped?there are a big percentage of schwinn bikes that have some parts from previous years production,look at some phantoms,just saw a 53 serial number one with a no rivit seat