Taking Schwinn out of mothballs.


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ski1

Look Ma, No Hands!
Sep 24, 2018
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San Diego
#1
I’ve had this old Schwinn for several years and finally decided to do something with it. It’s original paint but a 25 footer at best. I plan to just clean it up and put some wax on it along with greasing everything and straightening out the fenders. I’ll also recover the seat, get some grips and any other missing parts like the tail reflector. I think the bike is somewhere in the 39-42 time frame. Any help in pinpointing the year would be appreciated. I’d also like to find out what the correct nomenclature for the frame style, (straight BAR?) wheel style, what type of tank would fit, etc. in case I run across any replacement parts that are in better condition. Mostly I plan on just keeping it as is and taking it to the beach once in a while.
ski

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Rides4Fun

Finally riding a big boys bike
Feb 19, 2017
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307
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Front Royal, Virginia
#2
I believe it’s a ‘48 straight bar made in September of that year. I looked it up on the web. Not any sort of expert, but hope this may help. I’m sure it’s going to look great after you do you magic in cleaning it up.
 

Rides4Fun

Finally riding a big boys bike
Feb 19, 2017
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307
56
Front Royal, Virginia
#5
This is a pre-war Schwinn as evidenced by the chain adjusting bolts . I think that is a 1940 serial no. but we'll see what others have to say. Real nice bike you have there! Look for the date code on the Morrow hub shell.
Johnboy,

Thanks for weighing in.......I don’t know why I overlooked the chain adjusters!

Ski1- sorry for the misinformation.
 
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johnboy

Look Ma, No Hands!
Mar 3, 2012
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Wyoming, United States
#6
It's easy to overlook something when viewing a bike---- I do it lots of times ! I really enjoy the CABE forums and all who participate.
 

ski1

Look Ma, No Hands!
Sep 24, 2018
31
63
61
San Diego
#9
This is a pre-war Schwinn as evidenced by the chain adjusting bolts . I think that is a 1940 serial no. but we'll see what others have to say. Real nice bike you have there! Look for the date code on the Morrow hub shell.
Thanks johnboy. here's some pics of the hub. It says:

ECLIPSE MACHINE DIVISION
MADE IN ELMIRA, N.Y. U.S.A.
J 3 36 13

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mr.cycleplane

Finally riding a big boys bike
Sep 9, 2017
457
905
Auburn, California
#12
shootin' from the hip-i'd put earnest money on 1940 as evidenced by the dished sprocket the sliding rail seat and the small wing chainguard. seat clamp and rearmost fender brace also figure in the mix. 'b'' series frame. if I am seeing the morrow hub date right as you noted=1940. when you get the crank out-it may hold a secret(date of manufacture) also. bike looks totally untouched-everything seems original/correct(even has its springer bumper on the down tube!). 'pbl 1942' license=Pasadena? please preserve-don't repaint! cool ride for sure-you'll be styling at the beach!
 
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REC

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Dec 6, 2006
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1,012
Lake Worth, United States
#14
Based on similar serial numbers, it is indeed a '40... and a NICE one too!
Love it!!
REC
 
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Kato

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Dec 10, 2011
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Cincinnati, OH
#15
Awesome............can't wait to watch the progress on this one !! :)
 

ski1

Look Ma, No Hands!
Sep 24, 2018
31
63
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San Diego
#16
shootin' from the hip-i'd put earnest money on 1940 as evidenced by the dished sprocket the sliding rail seat and the small wing chainguard. seat clamp and rearmost fender brace also figure in the mix. 'b'' series frame. if I am seeing the morrow hub date right as you noted=1940. when you get the crank out-it may hold a secret(date of manufacture) also. bike looks totally untouched-everything seems original/correct(even has its springer bumper on the down tube!). 'pbl 1942' license=Pasadena? please preserve-don't repaint! cool ride for sure-you'll be styling at the beach!
Thanks, I never noticed the seat rail. I'm guessing I can slide that seat back a bit to give more leg room? I was wondering about the plate too. I was thinking maybe Pomona but couldn't find a listing on the web. I'll have to ask my buddy exactly where it came from. I won't paint it even though it looks pretty crusty in person. When it's cleaned up the missing paint will show more. I just want to stabilize it.

ski
 

mr.cycleplane

Finally riding a big boys bike
Sep 9, 2017
457
905
Auburn, California
#18
looks original to me-seen plenty of prewar Schwinn's with them. slightly curved version-like this-found on the deluxe version bikes. there is a more common version of this with a straight leg. no doubt original to bike.
 

ski1

Look Ma, No Hands!
Sep 24, 2018
31
63
61
San Diego
#19
Here’s some pics of my progress so far. I reviewed all the posts concerning rust removal and decided to go with what I had on hand and have been using for auto maintenance and restoration over the years. It’s basically phosphoric acid. I dilute it three parts water to one part phosphoric as a starting point. I adjust as necessary depending on the degree of corrosion. I don’t follow the directions on the label because I don’t want the heavy rust to turn into a hard, black shell. I let the part soak totally submerged and brush the neutralized rust away with a soft brush every hour or so. If I take the part out because I can’t watch it all day I thoroughly rinse, wash with soap, and rinse again then completely dry it until the next session. I found doing it this way leaves you with clean bare metal where the rust was and not a black finish or hard shell of encapsulated rust. I have also found that this mixture has not affected most well painted surfaces. On smaller heavily corroded parts I used a stronger mixture but it should be watched closely. Anyway, here’s the pics.

First the seat. It will need another bath.
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