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Discussion in 'All Things Schwinn' started by Chad, Nov 21, 2017.
I think it's a '52 Hornet? Serial #C34763
Any information will be helpful TY.
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Serial puts it at either '52 or '57, but it's not a '57. My guess is a D-13 Equipped Standard, not shown exactly in the catalog, but the D-12 is close, minus the headlight.
It's not a DX, it has a straight middle bar.
where was the serial #?
Serial # C34763
thanks, but not what, but WHERE was the serial # found? BB (bottom of crank housing (up to 1952 yr), or (left rear drop-out? 1953 on till was put on fork tube).
Schwinn in their infinite wisdom used some serial # ranges more than once. sigh...
Serial # is located on the left rear drop out
1957 if on the rear drop out.
^ what JK said ^
I don't think that there was a name designated for this one. The catalogs call it a Men's Standard D-12
Interesting. More elements of the bike indicate '52 rather than '57.
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.
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.
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.
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
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?