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60sstuff

Finally riding a big boys bike
Original paint Survivor Stingray in Flamboyant Red.
H3 (Aug. 23, 1963).
Fork - 8-3.
Crank - SA 3 63.

I purchased this Red ‘63 in 2002 from the Original Owner out of State College, PA.
This is the photo used in the eBay auction with all the added options.
Obviously this owner took very good care of his Stingray and didn’t leave it outside in the harsh elements.
It has plenty of “History Use” as not all bikes are thrashed and neglected.

Mr. Chalmers who owned this bike from new told me a few stories after I received it.
He had a book rack, horn and seat cover installed, plus aftermarket fenders because he rode this bike to school.
I asked him about the rear Goodyear Diamond tread as it has a ‘64 date code. He said the Original rear tire was replaced a couple years after they bought it because of thin spots in the tread from hard braking and skids.
The Original dated front Westwind is worn and cracked, but looks good for a 59 year old tire.

Paint, screens, decals and seat are Original to the bike, along with all the chrome (rims, strut, crank, handle bar, etc.)
Seat has several hairline cracks but still looks great and has that vintage patina.
Kick stand is the cadmium plate which came on the majority of 1963 Stingrays.
Born with spin block pedals.

I removed the items Mr. Chalmers installed, but kept them.

If you take good care of a Quality item from new, such as a vintage Schwinn Stingray, they will last forever.

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Livmojoe

Finally riding a big boys bike
Hell of a score Chris. I remember that auction well. I saved the same pic from the eBay auction as I recall it was the only one posted. I just looked in my archives and it's dated August 20, 2002. I also recall there was a discussion on the old Schwinn forum about it and some people were skeptical. Beautiful survivor. Thanks for sharing.
 

60sstuff

Finally riding a big boys bike
Here are a few details of this Aug.’63 showing some of the unique items only found on the first Stingrays.

First design square back non-crimp strut with the PAT. PENDING stamp at the bottom of legs.

1963 style Solo Polo seat with the dog eared Persons tag.
Unique small brass rivets that split open on the backside.
First design reflector bracket with the square ends. 1963 only used this bracket.
The extra long Q bolts that were used with the early non-crimp struts.

Very cool Bike Shop sticker showing where the Original owner purchased this ‘63 new.

As mentioned above the Original rear tire was replaced with this Goodyear Diamond Studded Tread dated 3rd quarter of 64.
The front Westwind is Original to this bike and dated 3rd quarter 63.

The 1963 used black bearing cones with a single cadmium plated cone keeper on the center stamp S-7.

Very rare triangle paper tag was placed on top of the stem. These paper tags usually disappear with age and water.
This tag originally had red letters when new, but this one has turned silver.
Tag says “ Genuine Schwinn Approved Forged Head”.

The early Stingray bars had a wide solid knurling which protruded past the stem.

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razinhellcustomz

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Original paint Survivor Stingray in Flamboyant Red.
H3 (Aug. 23, 1963).
Fork - 8-3.
Crank - SA 3 63.

I purchased this Red ‘63 in 2002 from the Original Owner out of State College, PA.
This is the photo used in the eBay auction with all the added options.
Obviously this owner took very good care of his Stingray and didn’t leave it outside in the harsh elements.
It has plenty of “History Use” as not all bikes are thrashed and neglected.

Mr. Chalmers who owned this bike from new told me a few stories after I received it.
He had a book rack, horn and seat cover installed, plus aftermarket fenders because he rode this bike to school.
I asked him about the rear Goodyear Diamond tread as it has a ‘64 date code. He said the Original rear tire was replaced a couple years after they bought it because of thin spots in the tread from hard braking and skids.
The Original dated front Westwind is worn and cracked, but looks good for a 59 year old tire.

Paint, screens, decals and seat are Original to the bike, along with all the chrome (rims, strut, crank, handle bar, etc.)
Seat has several hairline cracks but still looks great and has that vintage patina.
Kick stand is the cadmium plate which came on the majority of 1963 Stingrays.
Born with spin block pedals.

I removed the items Mr. Chalmers installed, but kept them.

If you take good care of a Quality item from new, such as a vintage Schwinn Stingray, they will last forever.

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Man, it's really hard to believe i was just a kid when this bike was made.. I found a Schwinn crank that was made the same month of my 3rd birth day.. What a BEAUTY!! RideOnn.. Razin..
 

razinhellcustomz

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Here are a few details of this Aug.’63 showing some of the unique items only found on the first Stingrays.

First design square back non-crimp strut with the PAT. PENDING stamp at the bottom of legs.

1963 style Solo Polo seat with the dog eared Persons tag.
Unique small brass rivets that split open on the backside.
First design reflector bracket with the square ends. 1963 only used this bracket.
The extra long Q bolts that were used with the early non-crimp struts.

Very cool Bike Shop sticker showing where the Original owner purchased this ‘63 new.

As mentioned above the Original rear tire was replaced with this Goodyear Diamond Studded Tread dated 3rd quarter of 64.
The front Westwind is Original to this bike and dated 3rd quarter 63.

The 1963 used black bearing cones with a single cadmium plated cone keeper on the center stamp S-7.

Very rare triangle paper tag was placed on top of the stem. These paper tags usually disappear with age and water.
This tag originally had red letters when new, but this one has turned silver.
Tag says “ Genuine Schwinn Approved Forged Head”.

The early Stingray bars had a wide solid knurling which protruded past the stem.

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Is your Flamboyant Lime Ray also a 63 1/2? Really like that color and don't believe I've seen this color on a Sting Ray.. Beautiful bikes.. RideOnn.. Razin..
 

60sstuff

Finally riding a big boys bike
Here is more “Reference“ information on the handlebar “stem” used on the early Stingray.

A few photos of the triangle paper sticker.
A spare I have showing red letters and outline.
I have two Stingrays with this sticker, my Red ‘63 and my Black ‘65 as shown.

I also have a few early stems showing another triangle “decal” stating the importance of the MAX. HT.
The Schwinn Reporter information on the change in the diameter of stem and fork tube/knurling, plus fork locknut change.

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