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GTs58

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Sep 2, 2012
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5,239
Central Arizona
#14
C34763 05/22 thru 05/29/1952. Number stamped on left drop out.
What's the tire size? 26 x 2.125? Are the rims marked S-2?????

By 1957 pretty much all the Schwinns had a model name on the guards and there were only two balloon bikes for 57, the Phantom and the Wasp. The 1" pitch chain was obsolete in 1957. If this bike is a 57, which I really doubt, it would be a middleweight. With the info and that one picture I'd say it's a 1952 D-12 even though it has a light that could have been very easily added.
 

Talewinds

I live for the CABE
Sep 13, 2010
1,897
172
Newton, WI, United States
#15
C34763 05/22 thru 05/29/1952. Number stamped on left drop out.
What's the tire size? 26 x 2.125? Are the rims marked S-2?????

By 1957 pretty much all the Schwinns had a model name on the guards and there were only two balloon bikes for 57, the Phantom and the Wasp. The 1" pitch chain was obsolete in 1957. If this bike is a 57, which I really doubt, it would be a middleweight. With the info and that one picture I'd say it's a 1952 D-12 even though it has a light that could have been very easily added.
I'm with you on all of that. Schwinn switched the serial location in '52 so it gets iffy in that year. Look at the catalog from '52, there was also the D-13 for $2 more (although there isn't an illustration). I'm guessing that's where the headlight shows up.
 
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Chad

'Lil Knee Scuffer
Sep 7, 2017
10
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51
Plain City, UT, United States
#16
C34763 05/22 thru 05/29/1952. Number stamped on left drop out.
What's the tire size? 26 x 2.125? Are the rims marked S-2?????

By 1957 pretty much all the Schwinns had a model name on the guards and there were only two balloon bikes for 57, the Phantom and the Wasp. The 1" pitch chain was obsolete in 1957. If this bike is a 57, which I really doubt, it would be a middleweight. With the info and that one picture I'd say it's a 1952 D-12 even though it has a light that could have been very easily added.
Yep... Tire size is 26 x 2.125 and the rims are stamped S-2 Thank you for the good info
 

GTs58

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Sep 2, 2012
7,854
5,239
Central Arizona
#17
Yep... Tire size is 26 x 2.125 and the rims are stamped S-2 Thank you for the good info
You're welcome. Here's a little kicker in figuring out the year on your Schwinn since that SN was used 3 different post war years and possibly in late 1946 to 1947 but stamped on the BB. Your serial number was used in 1953 along with 52 and 57. Date was 10/23-10/30/1953.
The reason the year 1953 can be eliminated is the D-12 standard (unequipped) was named the Meteor and the frame went from a straight bar to a cantilever frame. An no light on that one either. Then in 1954 the model D-12 transformed into the Wasp.
 

GTs58

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Sep 2, 2012
7,854
5,239
Central Arizona
#19
Trfindley's shows a picture of a '52 D-13. It has the light on the fender And it's also shown with truss rods. I'm going with a D-13 as equipped from the factory.

http://www.trfindley.com/flschwinn_1951_1960/1952_04.html

The '52 Hornet had a Rocket Ray lamp, 9 hole rack, tank, and the Phantom styled chain guard.
The D-13 has a curved bottom tube and the OP's bike is a straight bar. So it's got to be a D-12 with additions. Schwinn very well could have built the bike that way but it's still a D-12 dressed up as a D-13
 

Rivnut

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Nov 24, 2012
520
113
Shawnee, United States
#20
The D-13 has a curved bottom tube and the OP's bike is a straight bar. So it's got to be a D-12 with additions. Schwinn very well could have built the bike that way but it's still a D-12 dressed up as a D-13
Am I confused? I'm looking at the black bike hanging and it has a curved bottom tube as do the pictures in the catalogs. Are you looking at a different bike?

Ed
 

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