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Look what rolled into my office this morning. Red Corvette

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mstovall

Look Ma, No Hands!
This Schwinn Red Corvette rolled into my office this morning. Co-worker said it belonged to his uncle who was a B-17 pilot in WW2. I'm guessing that it is from 1955??? Any help. I know the seat is not original. Anything else any of you see that doesn't look right or missing? I'm planning on cleaning it up and polishing it for him. Might even purchase it to go along with my Camaro bike. Where can I find a corvette decal to go back on chain guard? Should this bike have a front brake? Is the two- speed Bendix with coaster brake rare? It's a real nice survivor.

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A.S.BOLTNUT

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Great lookin bike there
T 1 serial number should indicate "55" the resilience of Schwinn Quality never ceases to surprise me , their bicycles always clean up soo nicely, I think you pegged it on the seat not looking right, everything else looks good .....hope it doesn't distract you from work to much...

Have a nice day!
 

Rivnut

I live for the CABE
You are correct about the seat. In 55, the Corvette was equipped with a "teacup" headlight. Bicyclebones has your decal on ebay.

In the 55 sales brochure, a 3 speed and a coaster brake are mentioned but not a two speed?
 

phantom

I live for the CABE
In 55 for $7.50 you could get the two speed Bendix as an upgrade over the Single speed coaster hub. It was standard in 55 for the Flying Star. A front caliper brake was available for $5.00 but that bike looks to original, other than the seat, to have had one even though the fork is drilled.
 

spoker

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
nice bike,clean,sevice and enjoy,dont chase the 55 seat just wait till ones comes up,the front carrier you have is prolly just as hard to find as the seat,pic of the 55 seat,theydidnt last long

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GTs58

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
Nice survivor. The serial number was stamped in late Sept. 1955 and was not used again some other year so it is a 1955 model. The geared Corvettes in 1955 had a cable clip riveted to the top of the chain guard but was never used but the coaster brake models didn't have that cable clip. The two speed manual Bendix was not a standard option on the Corvette until the 1958 model year. But as stated above, it could have been ordered or dealer add on. Only thing I question is the routing of the cable. The Flying Star was routed like that but I don't think the Corvettes were ever routed that way. Here's a shot of my 58 that came with the 2 speed and a front caliper. The cable routing ran down the down tube.

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Here's the early Corvette chain guard decal.

https://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-...0001&campid=5335809022&icep_item=312580010197
 

spitshineschwinn

Finally riding a big boys bike
Very nice early Corvette, most of it will clean up nicely - there are some pits on some of the chrome that are now part of the bike. Patina! Your missing the rear reflector, best to place a wanted ad here rather than buy on Ebay.
 

Goldenrod

I live for the CABE
Tire tube stem should be straightened before anything else is done. Good luck. That's what I need---an office.
 
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Oilit

I live for the CABE
And I would upgrade your bike with a front brake. You already have the right fork, so it shouldn't be too hard to find a caliper. The brake on the Bendix has a good reputation, but it never hurts to have a reserve, think of it like a parachute!
 

AndyA

Finally riding a big boys bike
And I would upgrade your bike with a front brake. You already have the right fork, so it shouldn't be too hard to find a caliper. The brake on the Bendix has a good reputation, but it never hurts to have a reserve, think of it like a parachute!
I second that. Especially if it can be done without sacrificing authenticity, which seems to be the case here. A front brake is much more effective than a rear brake. When you brake hard, weight is shifted forward so the rear wheel locks up and loses traction (good for making cool skid marks, but not so good for stopping). A front caliper brake can be applied with finesse to optimize stopping while preventing lock-up. Another benefit is that the nice 2-speed hub will last longer if it can share stopping duties with a front caliper.
Have fun!
 
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