King Size American frame build dates

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  1. #1 Posted Apr 12, 2017

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    Since I'm a bit taller (6' 1"), I've always been intrigued by the King Size American. A bike made for me! So over the years, when I've seen them at swap meets, I've bought them. Most have them have just been bare frames or basket cases that I figured i would build up into riders which I've done with a couple.

    So the other day I thought I would look up the serial numbers on the frames to find out their build dates. Out of 4 frames, this is what I found:

    C228395 - Mar 15, 1962 - Blue
    C228599 - Mar 15, 1962 - Black
    C228831 - Mar 15, 1962 - Black
    B322774 - Feb 11, 1963 - Black

    Notice any similarities? I guess it makes sense that since the frame was a low production frame and probably required some retooling to make that they had runs of them on specific days. It just seems like an odd coincidence out of such a low number of frames, that all of the 62's I have were built on the same day. I'm wondering if others that have King Size Americans have similar serial numbers on their frames.

    Anybody care to share their KSA serials?
     
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    I think you are onto something there. I don't think you could randomly pick four frames from say a Corvette and have them even close. It will be interesting to see what other KSA owners have. V/r Shawn
     
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    sweet...I love this stuff. I have 6 or 7 KS bikes. I'll post some numbers later too.
     
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    No doubt the KS frames were built in a batch or two throughout the year. Here's the Corvette 5 speed Registry if you're interested in seeing some grouped up production dates on a specific model. Note the L1XXXXX 11/27/61 SN's were the new 1962 bikes.

    http://thecabe.com/forum/threads/schwinn-corvette-5-speed-registry.38742/


    KING SIZE AMERICAN REGISTRY


    Member Serial Date Color Other

    fattyre ..............................M130185... 12/14/1961 N/A
    KingSizedHD .................. A2343XX... 1/29/1962 N/A
    schwinnbikebobb ...........A2343XX... 1/29/1962 Green
    Arfsaidthebee ................ A234412... 1/29/1962 Red HD
    KingSized HD...................A23452X... 1/29/1962 Was R. Red....Frame set
    PCHiggin .........................C228395... 3/15/1962 Blue
    Pantmaker .......................C228397... 3/15/1962 Blue
    Israel Gonzalez ...............C228398... 3/15/1962 N/A
    ricobike ............................C228599... 3/15/1962 Black
    ricobike ............................C228831... 3/15/1962 Black
    Arfsaidthebee (Scott) ......C228835... 3/15/1962 Red
    Pantmaker .......................D215614... 4/4/1962 Black
    ricobike ............................B322774... 2/11/1963 Black
    bobdenver1961 ...............D435823... 4/13/1964 Black
     
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    Yeah, after I thought about it for a minute, I realized it wasn't too surprising, but I did find it interesting. Probably would be an easier registry than the 5 speed Corvettes because of that, every bike for each year has the same date! (or 2 or 3). At this point I guess I'm just curious of how many dates during the year they were produced. I was also surprised that I had a one with a 1963 date since they weren't listed in the catalog for that year.

    Here's a picture of my only complete original since everyone likes pictures :)

    PDC_0002.JPG PDC_0031.JPG
     
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    Things like this interest me also. One of the reasons I started the Corvette Registry. I hope all the other KS American owners chime in with their SN's. Would be interesting to see how many different production days there were.

    The KS Americans were built during the 63 model year. Model A-13

    1963.jpg
     
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    Awesome. Now I'm wondering how I haven't stumbled upon this info before. Thanks for sharing! Very helpful.
     
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    My King Size's serial # is M130185
     
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    Here's one of them. 0412171819d.jpg 0412171817.jpg
     
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    Ooooo, an early one! 12/14/1961. Thanks for sharing!
     
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    A month later than mine. D215614 is 4/4/1962. Beautiful condition! One of my frames is a black original like this. It's missing it's fenders though. I have a set of housepainted black fenders from one of the other frames, this makes me think I might try to get the paint off of those fenders and see if I can make the bike look like yours. I can tell that the paint on that frame is shot. Thanks for sharing!
     
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    This is a 62 model.a very late 61 number would be built as next year's model.
     
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    1962 was the first year for the King Size American so that makes sense.
     
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    My KS is A2343XX, 01-29-62.
     
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    Wow, another 1962 date. It's looking like mine are an odd coincidence. Thanks for sharing KingSized HD!
     
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    Here's my blue KS American. 0414170840.jpg 0414170840b.jpg
     
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    Our bikes were factory brothers!
     
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