Ladies DX or Hornet?


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jchicago

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jul 28, 2017
113
193
Lake Zurich, IL, United States
#1
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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barnyguey

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Apr 7, 2012
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#2
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.
 

barnyguey

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Apr 7, 2012
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#3
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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GTs58

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Sep 2, 2012
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#4
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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jchicago

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jul 28, 2017
113
193
Lake Zurich, IL, United States
#5
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.
Yeah, the head badge is missing. Something I'll need to replace.
 

jchicago

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jul 28, 2017
113
193
Lake Zurich, IL, United States
#6
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.
Thanks.
 
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barnyguey

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Apr 7, 2012
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Rathdrum, Idaho
#9
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.
 

jchicago

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jul 28, 2017
113
193
Lake Zurich, IL, United States
#14
He gave me both and I cross-referenced it. The date is legit based on the Schwinn serial number reference I checked.
 

jchicago

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jul 28, 2017
113
193
Lake Zurich, IL, United States
#15
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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GTs58

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Sep 2, 2012
8,451
5,990
Central Arizona
#16
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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