Here's one for you. When I saw this picture on my wife's Facebook account.. I assumed the defender taillight was added. 6 months later I was lucky enough to purchase this killer bike. Well, no way Jose! No doubt, this bike left the factory with this OEM enameled black defender taillight on a fender specifically designed to mount to. The anomoly is it's not catalog correct and how many times have you seen a bike equipped with TWO lit taillights from the factory??
Restarting an old thread @fordmike65 . This bike is very original but the anomalies are the painted fender braces, Elgin truss rod assembly and the Torrington art deco style stem. I believe it was built as Schwinn was transitioning into some pre-wartime non-bike production in latter 1941. The bike has a Morrow hub stamped K2 which I believe is second quarter of 1941. The crank is dated 1941. The bike has an LBBL (Long Beach?)1942 bicycle license.(It was bought on the California central coast).
The painted braces seem to be seen on wartime bikes as chrome/cadmium pieces were prohibited or becoming scarce. I also am guessing that Schwinn may have run out of their own proprietary chrome truss rods and bought some from Sear's Elgin manufacturer since they were located nearby. I'm not sure about the stem as Torrington was located on the east coast but people report they are seen on a lot of 1941 Schwinns.
I've considered swapping out the truss rods for Schwinn prewars and the stem for the more standard Wald #7 but I think the odd parts tell an interesting story, so I think I've decided to keep them.
I've seen several other '41 DX's with that same Rollfast "Swan" deco stem, but my guess would be it was born sans trussrods, especially being a lower model. I'm betting someone added them at some point. I could be wrong....
I've seen several other '41 DX's with that same Rollfast "Swam" deco stem, but my guess would be it was born sans trussrods, especially being a lower model. I'm betting someone added them at some point. I could be wrong....