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GTs58

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Sep 2, 2012
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#26
Hmm, the specs only say "26" x 2 1/8" Cord Balloon. Whitewalls at extra cost." When was the Typhoon brick tread tire introduced? A few years after the Phantom was introduced?

1951 sheet says D models: Royal Masters or Goodyear All Weather.
 

NoControl

Look Ma, No Hands!
Oct 11, 2017
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76
60
Bennington, NH, United States
#30
I ordered a chromed feather chain guard from eBay, plus the cross decal that goes in the rounded spot. Do you guys think that is acceptable, or should I be looking for a painted chain guard? Also, if anyone knows where I can find a 26" drop-center rim for the front, I'd be happy as a clam at high tide.
 

rollfaster

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Dec 28, 2012
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Ol' st. Lou
#31
I ordered a chromed feather chain guard from eBay, plus the cross decal that goes in the rounded spot. Do you guys think that is acceptable, or should I be looking for a painted chain guard? Also, if anyone knows where I can find a 26" drop-center rim for the front, I'd be happy as a clam at high tide.
I have a correct feather guard that has been repainted at some point that I would sell. It’s nice and straight and all rivets on brackets are tight.
 

Dan Shabel

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jun 17, 2017
132
235
St. Louis
#32
Thank you for sharing that, Dan. You bike looks great! May I ask what you used to clean it and shine it up?
I used 3000 grit wet/dry sandpaper I bought off Ebay. Clay block, and a good wax. Use plenty of fresh water if you go the wet sandpaper route. The paint will look terrible until you wax it. Be careful you don't sand through. You might lose some details. Notice the pinstripes on my fork all but disappeared.
 

GTs58

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Sep 2, 2012
7,894
5,282
Central Arizona
#34
It is smaller. Now I got to find a 26" wheel, white, with black stripes. Any recommendations for authentic-looking tires?
Been a while since I've shopped for tires other than the Bicyclebones Schwinn tires. I'm digging these Brown and Crème tires with Goodyear style tread. Made by Duro and Fenix.

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NoControl

Look Ma, No Hands!
Oct 11, 2017
65
76
60
Bennington, NH, United States
#35
Would it be "acceptable" to the purists if I bought a pair of drop-center rims and powdercoated them ivory, then run a pinstripe down each side? What's the status quo on this? I really wish to keep this particular bike as OEM as possible. How does a part like a powdercoated old-school rim affect the overall value, realizing the diminished authenticity? Is just "looking" OEM enough, or is it more valuable and more desirable if its completely OEM?
 

GTs58

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Sep 2, 2012
7,894
5,282
Central Arizona
#37
Quote from the 1948 catalog.

(Un equipped)
Standard DX frame. Truss rods and chrome rims available at extra cost.
 
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GTs58

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Sep 2, 2012
7,894
5,282
Central Arizona
#39
Some will say it has to be drop center rims before 1948 but there are bits of information saying otherwise. The first tubular S-2's were not knurled and they're somewhat hard to find. This is from the 1946 catalog. Bottom left. I personally like the look of the drop center rims on the vintage Schwinns.

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