Ladies DX or Hornet?

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  1. #1 Posted Jan 2, 2018

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    Hi I'm fairly new to collecting and definitely new to Schwinns. This will be my third bike.

    I'm picking up this bike tomorrow and trying to determine if its a 1941 DX, a 1950-something Hornet, or what?

    These catalog images I found are from different years.

    Any help is appreciated!

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    Post War. Built in kickstand, tabs for chainguard, standard size headtube, fishhook drop outs, separate seat post clamp and fender stays to the frame are all post war Schwinn features.
     
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    The sprocket would also have four more smaller round holes in it. Also the way the truss rods are mounted at the top is different, if you look at photos you will see the difference. There's something not right about the rack also? Barry

    All the little things I mentioned will help you tell if you have a prewar Schwinn verses postwar Schwinn bike in the future.
     
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    My guess is a early 50's model. When you get it the serial number should tell all. Did or does it have a Spitfire head badge? I can't see a badge in that picture.
     
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    Yeah, the head badge is missing. Something I'll need to replace.
     
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    Thanks.
     
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    You bet! Any time. Barry
     
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    Hey I’m chatting with the seller now. Would the serial number be underneath the crankshaft?
     
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    It could be under the crank or on one of the rear fish hook axle mounts. They were under the crank until 1952 I believe? After that it was moved to the other spot I mentioned.
     
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    Cool. I asked him to check those places today. Can't wait to see what we learn!
     
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    11/19/48. Making it post-war then.
     
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    11/19/48. Making it post-war then.
     
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    Did the seller give you the serial or just the date? If that's the date associated with the serial number then it's very likely a 1949 model.
     
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    He gave me both and I cross-referenced it. The date is legit based on the Schwinn serial number reference I checked.
     
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    I took a pass though because it's missing the head badge. The replacement badge I found, referencing the same bike someone else has, is around $94. Starting with the purchase price and badge, then when you add in new tires(?), horn(?), light repair/replacement, and who knows what else, it started adding up and seemed to be getting more than the bike's ultimately worth.

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    I'm sure you can find a late 40's head badge for a lot less than 94 bucks. But like you said, spending more $'s on parts will put you over the value mark.
     
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