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Glenn Rhein

I live for the CABE
Jan 24, 2016
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63
New york
late 40s ?, some cool things are the 5 inch wide rear fender, BF Goodrich badge and unsigned glass reflector.
Nice splayed bars with coke bottle grips (missing reflectors)
Not so cool , missing front fender, chainguard and overpainted.
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fordmike65

Riding a '37 Colson Imperial
Mar 4, 2012
20,915
East Los
I'm no Schwinn guy, but I'd say that's way postwar. Maybe even 50's. Try looking up the serial.
 

Oilit

I live for the CABE
Dec 30, 2015
1,043
Concord NC
The bottom bracket on the first bike has the electroforged seam, so it's post war, but according to the Schwinn Serial Number Reference, serial numbers starting with "E" followed by 5 digits only went up to "E67000" (Sept. 25, 1948). After that they went to E067001 and went on from there. The EXXXXXX numbers only went up to "E262103" (Dec. 1948) so my best guess is "E89712" would be Oct. 8, 1948, shown as covering "E089141 - E095828". That's assuming they left out the first zero, but I could be wrong.
The second looks like it may have a seam, or it may just be a scratch in the paint, so...
 

lounging

Finally riding a big boys bike
Nov 27, 2017
413
lost
First one is most likely 1946 unless letters weren't kept in sequence, based on the 1946, 1947 models i have
 

GTs58

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
Sep 2, 2012
12,003
Central Arizona
First one is most likely 1946 unless letters weren't kept in sequence, based on the 1946, 1947 models i have
If all the recorded late 48 serial numbers being stamped with an E how could it be earlier?
 

lounging

Finally riding a big boys bike
Nov 27, 2017
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If all the recorded late 48 serial numbers being stamped with an E how could it be earlier?
I am guessing numbers were not kept in sequence or they repeated after the fire. I am just going by the models I owned.
 
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lounging

Finally riding a big boys bike
Nov 27, 2017
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a little confusing. Does anyone have an E serial number bike that is certain 1946/1947?
 
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GTs58

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
Sep 2, 2012
12,003
Central Arizona
I am guessing numbers were not kept in sequence or they repeated after the fire. I am just going by the models I owned.

this 1946 green one had a pencil tip kickstand. I serial
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1946 B serial
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This 1946 thing with C serial
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and this 1947 with J serial. REC thinks it's a misstamped 1946 based on something about the thin rear dropouts
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Based on these why would an E serial number be 1948 unless they repeated the letters or skipped E prior to 1948
a little confusing. Does anyone have an E serial number bike that is certain 1946/1947?

There is no question that the E stamped serials were stamped in 1948 and they started on 8/10/1948.
The pencil kickstands have also been noted to have been used on later models with 1947 stamped serial numbers so you can't date a bike by the kickstand alone, or the crank for that matter.
In 1943 the J serial numbers showed up and these war time bikes had EF bottom bracket shells, a Schwinn first with their evolving production using the electro forging process during war time. The prior H- I series numbers were the last series before the elecro forged shells showed up during war time. All the Schwinn serial numbers that were machine stamped starting in 1937 were stamped before the BB shell was used to build a frame, so there's were it gets confusing.
Late war time (1945) to early post war production used the serials with H-I-J and 46 also started off with the use of A and B serials. C and D serials were on 1947 models with the D series possibly running into early 48 builds. Schwinn had a common practice of starting the new model year builds with components that had the serial numbers stamped on certain days/weeks starting in November and all of December, so a new 1947 model very well could have been built with a November or December 1946 serial stamped BB shell.
Your J serial bike could have been built in late 1945 since Schwinn produced 98,185 bikes in 1945 and supposidly none of those were Cycle Trucks. Do you happen to know what the original crank cast date was on your J serial B6?
 
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GTs58

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
Sep 2, 2012
12,003
Central Arizona
Quote: Postwar the mens crank arm was part #9620 in the Schwinn parts catalog.

And here is a 1948 New World with a "1946 only" ;) tapered stand.

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PlasticNerd

I live for the CABE
May 5, 2014
1,042
Santa Cruz,CA.
A 5” wide rear fender would need to be formed back into its original 3” approx width, a 5” wide fender must be flattened out near the reflector? Cool bike nonetheless!
 
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