Vintage Neat Mens Schwinn Blue Phantom Bicycle Restored

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Jeff54

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Took a close look at this. The chain guard is original with obvious shoe/foot wear in the usual places. I suspect it's how they got the color tints to paint it. The pin striping is excellent however, out of the norm, where typically when repainted, the darts are exaggerated, too long. Compared to other original black phantoms in the same time frame, the top bar darts on this bike are about 1/2 too 3/4" shorter than original.
 
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GTs58

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
Took a close look at this. The chain guard is original with obvious shoe/foot wear in the usual places. I suspect it's how they got the color tints to paint it. The pin striping is excellent however, out of the norm, where typically when repainted, the darts are exaggerated, too long. Compared to other original black phantoms in the same time frame, the top bar darts on this bike are about 1/2 too 3/4" shorter than original.

Check out the masked off pins on the fork dart and flaking paint.

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The tank and head light cover must have been painted with lacquer. Never seen enamel curl up and flake like that.

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Notice the paint chip from the tank resting on the cantilever bar. Yah, that's lacquer for sure. The fork dart was painted on a Panther springer and the "Black Phantom" decal was placed on that same Panther's guard. But they forgot to install the seat tube quality decal.

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All pretty convincing that this is real, just like that repainted prewar Autocycle that bicyclebones blew apart that had a silver metallic shot over a Spitfire Blue bike. Everyone swore that was original, even after owning it.
 

bobcycles

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Check out the masked off pins on the fork dart and flaking paint.

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The tank and head light cover must have been painted with lacquer. Never seen enamel curl up and flake like that.

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Notice the paint chip from the tank resting on the cantilever bar. Yah, that's lacquer for sure. The fork dart was painted on a Panther springer and the "Black Phantom" decal was placed on that same Panther's guard. But they forgot to install the seat tube quality decal.

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All pretty convincing that this is real, just like that repainted prewar Autocycle that bicyclebones blew apart that had a silver metallic shot over a Spitfire Blue bike. Everyone swore that was original, even after owning it.


I ended up restoring that autocycle...a San Diego collector bought the painted parts from Dan.
I stripped it and yes..it was a repaint, not orig 'gun metal blue' at all.
 

Jeff54

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Check out the masked off pins on the fork dart and flaking paint.

View attachment 1701772

The tank and head light cover must have been painted with lacquer. Never seen enamel curl up and flake like that.

View attachment 1701773

Notice the paint chip from the tank resting on the cantilever bar. Yah, that's lacquer for sure. The fork dart was painted on a Panther springer and the "Black Phantom" decal was placed on that same Panther's guard. But they forgot to install the seat tube quality decal.

View attachment 1701774

All pretty convincing that this is real, just like that repainted prewar Autocycle that bicyclebones blew apart that had a silver metallic shot over a Spitfire Blue bike. Everyone swore that was original, even after owning it.
Oh, my bad, I thought this was about the other Blue P. on eBay. I'd just taken a quick stop here as was more concerned about the tracking of what became Ian, which luckily didn't tear a new hole in me butt this week, although was nasty on my Florida ski lift 😂: 28 feet above sea level. . I didn't see, know or expect there were two going on at the same time. So, on this; what-cha-ma-call-it. IDK as I didn't not look close or even see it. But now, that dart on the fork and same color elsewhere, is not the sea green or whatever color it's called, which is closer to a turquoise and not a simple light blue like a Panther. . So, never mind.

And yeah, how could I forget that Autocycle? A lot of peeps were awfully P. O.-d at me because, I called it out as a poor over spray and crappy pinstripe touch- up, on top of it too. But thanks for the reminder on how my call on that Autocycle was not fun getting hated when I was relatively new here. 😅
 
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