My first prewar schwinn!!!


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Autocycleplane

I live for the CABE
Jan 6, 2010
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#9
Serials can be practically worthless on their own for these prewar bikes, or a decent guide depending on badging, model, etc. The parts are what tells us the likely model year - 1938. Common to see an older frame used for a BFG build, similar to Rangers and ChiCyCo.
 

cyclingday

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Feb 24, 2008
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Costa Mesa, California. United States
#10
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The serial number suggests, 38, but I'm going to go out on a limb, and say that it used to be a 39 Streamliner.
If the AS bolts in the fork spring carriage are the long type, that could be a tell tale.
The Persons Streamlined pedals are another testament to it being that model.
 

Autocycleplane

I live for the CABE
Jan 6, 2010
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NorCal, United States
#11
Definitely a streamliner, but those were available in 37 and 38 too.

Can you tell where the tank straps were located? See the @cyclingday photo above for the 39 style, here is the 37-38 style:
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The wing guard and rear fender dart tells us your bike probably isn’t a 37. With that early of a serial I would guess a 38 model but could be 39 as wise Marty points out.
 

Casual dreamer

Finally riding a big boys bike
Nov 29, 2017
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Fresno, CA, United States
#13
Thanks for the info guys! I looked for indications that it would have had a tank but I didn't see ghost markings or distinctive scratches but when I get it home I will post some more pics. I really want to find a front fender for it, what should I look for to tell if it is correct?
 

Pantmaker

I live for the CABE
Dec 1, 2013
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Scottsdale, AZ
#15
Cool bike. I vote Johnson's Paste wax and pass on the OA bath... and if you have to clean something up...just take your time on the wheels with some wd40.
 

Boris

Fat tired old rider
Feb 16, 2008
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Portland, OR 97206
#19
I just totally faded (ruined) a maroon chainguard by giving it an OA bath.
 

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