King Size American frame build dates


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ricobike

Finally riding a big boys bike
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#1
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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Freqman1

Riding a '37 Dayton Super Streamline
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#2
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
 

GTs58

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
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#5
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


KingSized HD....................M12993X...12/13/1961... Rad. Blue All there and original, One owner
fattyre ..............................M130185... 12/14/1961... N/A
irideiam ............................A234318... 1/29/1962... Black
KingSized HD ................. 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
irideiam ............................A234600... 1/29/1962... Black
irideiam ............................A235018... 1/30/1962... Red... King Size Heavy Duty
GTV...................................A235317... 1/30/1962... Black
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
irideiam ............................D434718... 4/13/1964... Red
bobdenver1961 ...............D435823... 4/13/1964... Black
 
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ricobike

Finally riding a big boys bike
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#6
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
 

GTs58

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Sep 2, 2012
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#8
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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ricobike

Finally riding a big boys bike
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#9
Awesome. Now I'm wondering how I haven't stumbled upon this info before. Thanks for sharing! Very helpful.
 

ricobike

Finally riding a big boys bike
Apr 8, 2014
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#13
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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