Is this a real Grey Ghost

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Clark58mx

Finally riding a big boys bike
Oct 30, 2016
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Hello I bought this Schwinn Grey Ghost yesterday from a old bike shop. Been hanging for 25+ years. I’m confused on whether it’s real and original paint. The serial number is JL521727. The paint has scratches, and you can see some red primer. The crank, stem, handlebar is stamped 70. I do believe the seat is a original. Here’s some photos. Any help would be appreciated
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67Ramshorn

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jan 17, 2013
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Sikeston, United States
#2
Looks like the real deal with original paint. You got the holy grail of Krates. All I would do i detail the bike and leave it be.
Congrats on a cool find.
If you don' want it I will take if off your hands.:):):)
Dan
 

60sstuff

Look Ma, No Hands!
Aug 7, 2017
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Fremont, California, United States
#3
Your Grey Ghost looks real to me.

You can always tell by the factory paint job. The frame paint always had a slight goldish hue to it, whereas the chain guard was a solid silver color.
The Grey Ghost was the only Krate to have this feature.
Also has the early clear reflector pedals.

A little scratched up, but still a cool Survivor Krate.

Chris.
 

Casual dreamer

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Nov 29, 2017
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I hate to be the bearer of bad news but the frame is definitely not a grey ghost frame. JL = Sept 1975, the grey ghost was only available for the 1971 model year, and the stik-shift was gone before 1975. Looks lime someone built one up from a scrambler, I wonder if it could have possibly been a replacement frame possibly changed by a schwinn dealer around 75-76.

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Clark58mx

Finally riding a big boys bike
Oct 30, 2016
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I hate to be the bearer of bad news but the frame is definitely not a grey ghost frame. JL = Sept 1975, the grey ghost was only available for the 1971 model year, and the stik-shift was gone before 1975. Looks lime someone built one up from a scrambler, I wonder if it could have possibly been a replacement frame possibly changed by a schwinn dealer around 75-76.

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Thanks for your reply. Isn’t the rear fender arch mount shaped different on the scrambler. But I thought there was something up with the serial number.
 

rfeagleye

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Oct 20, 2011
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#10
I bet it is a replacement frame. If the original frame broke for some reason they would have replaced it with another with a current serial number. Still a great acquisition!
 

GenuineRides

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The wear on the plated parts is inconsistent, look at the seat strut, shock tubes and clamps vs the springer front, seat post clamp etc. My opinion is this is a put together bike from various parts, I would check some of the date codes on the hubs, crank etc, still cool though.
 
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A.S.BOLTNUT

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For all the positive folks post ther will always be someone waiting to burst your bubble, " You can take that too the bank " baretta .
 
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