Jewel tank


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oldmtrcyc

Finally riding a big boys bike
Apr 23, 2012
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#1
I have seen some conflicting dates when the jeweled tanks were offered for the straight-bar frames. Also were the tanks the same, except for paint/decals?
 

ZE52414

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Dec 6, 2016
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#2
35/36 tanks had the smooth noses with no internal horns. I think the gills come out in 37ish. 39 the front strap was pushed back a few inches. I’m no expert but I’m sure someone else will be more helpful.
 
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mr.cycleplane

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Sep 9, 2017
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1,168
Auburn, California
#7
the jeweled tanks came out in 1936-both smooth and gilled. both offered in 1936 and listed as the 170 model. paint and decal schemes depends if Schwinn-b.f. Goodrich-mead cycle(ranger)-or various Chicago cycle supply variations(most commonly known as the panel or tear drop style with decal-'lasalle' or 'henderson' 'excelsior' as examples). the 1936 Schwinn autocycle(jeweled tank) was the flagship of their line. but the jeweled tank smooth or gilled had appeal also-thus the buyer could order up a jeweled tank to 'kick up' the motorbike's appearance. only available on the 'b' frames. there were no 'c' or 'd' jeweled tanks.
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Autocycleplane

I live for the CABE
Jan 6, 2010
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PlasticNerd

Wore out three sets of tires already!
May 5, 2014
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806
Santa Cruz,CA.
#14
I may part with this frame, it’s a 38-39, don’t remember exactly. I got it in black primer but stripped it and did a more correct red primer.
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