Early Ladies Corvette Year?

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GTs58

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
Sep 2, 2012
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Central Arizona
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.
 
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GTs58

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
Sep 2, 2012
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Central Arizona
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?
 

Siestabikes

Finally riding a big boys bike
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we need a younger persons eyes to read the hub date. serial is S11594. the 55 seat in the catalog doesnt look 2 tone while the 57 does.
 

GTs58

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
Sep 2, 2012
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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.

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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.

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spoker

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Mar 3, 2011
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Minneapolis, United States
could have been a 55 but now non 55 parts,55 parts hard to find,so it could be a 55 when u find the brown seat and long tange front carrier...
 

GTs58

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
Sep 2, 2012
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Central Arizona
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.
 
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Siestabikes

Finally riding a big boys bike
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had to run a tap through the pedals and straighten out the bar. the bar was not stamped on the clamp area. looks like the chain guard rivet says 55. the seat has the schwinn approved rear badge

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GTs58

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
Sep 2, 2012
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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.
 

GTs58

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
Sep 2, 2012
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Ahhh, there you go. With a better photo showing the stitching really helps. Yes it is original. The material looked like the later vinyl to me in the first photo.

Here's the green verson.

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spoker

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Mar 3, 2011
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i dont remember the 556/57 seat having rivits,here is an original 57
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1144942
 
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GTs58

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
Sep 2, 2012
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Here's a nice 56 that hatz4katz has for sale. Looks like these early 56's still had the chain guards that were used on the 55's. :eek:

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Oilit

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Dec 30, 2015
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How long did the short brace between the two front downtubes (on the women's frames) last? I thought those were gone after the first year or two.
 

Adamtinkerer

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Sep 8, 2008
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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.
 

spoker

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Mar 3, 2011
5,461
Minneapolis, United States
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
 
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