White 59 Racer cleanup

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Sven

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Dec 24, 2017
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Mechanicsville, MD, United States
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You got your bike looking good.

Found this one the night before in the Baltimore area. I dont believe that is the correct front sprocket ( chain ring) and / or crank.
 

Sven

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Dec 24, 2017
2,522
55
Mechanicsville, MD, United States
Definitely wrong sprocket, somebody should save it!!
My mistake. The ad was in the Baltimore CL section, bike is located in Pine Grove PA. ...
I would take on the project but its 200 miles one way from me.
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spitshineschwinn

Finally riding a big boys bike
Apr 1, 2019
150
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montgomery, al
Curious to see if anything can be done to improve the decals. I've been told no many times, but had to try different methods on mine before I agreed they are right. Thoughts?
 

rennfaron

Finally riding a big boys bike
Sep 19, 2018
266
Austin, Texas
Curious to see if anything can be done to improve the decals. I've been told no many times, but had to try different methods on mine before I agreed they are right. Thoughts?
Very soft work with a q-tip and water first to get the dirt off because you don't want to abraid the surface by rubbing around dirt. Then once clean, take a very fine cutting polish and a q-tip. If you work at it very delicately you can get a lot of the discoloration out. And keep switching out q-tips for clean ones. You are trying to remove the embedded dirt and grime and don't really want to keep moving it around. Once you go over a small area, flip it over to the clean side, then do some then toss and grab a new one. However, you need to guage if the decal can take it or not. Many can, some can't. You will know within the first few minutes if there is hope. I have had a lot of good lucky with most, but some are just too dry and about to flake off and won't take any work on them.
 
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rollfaster

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Dec 28, 2012
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Ol' st. Lou
Hmm, I need some opinions here. Since the white
rear fender has all of that nasty safety tape on them( bad idea), and i can’t find my heat gun( hair dryer), was considering putting some stainless 60 Traveller fenders on. They have chrome braces also. Although not original, could look pretty sweet.
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rollfaster

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Dec 28, 2012
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Ol' st. Lou
One thing to think about though, I’m upgrading the stem and bars..and seat. This bike will be ridden, so I want it comfortable.
 

rennfaron

Finally riding a big boys bike
Sep 19, 2018
266
Austin, Texas
Well in that case, swap the fenders out. The late 50s deluxe racers had stainless fenders so there is also some precedent in going that direction.
 

rollfaster

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Dec 28, 2012
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Ol' st. Lou
I probably will, at least I can switch back
If I don’t like the way it looks. I do have a spare white rear fender from a girls Racer. At least for now, I think I’ll see what it looks like with the stainless fenders.
 

rollfaster

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Dec 28, 2012
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Ol' st. Lou
Thanks guys, I’ll post some progress pics a little later.
 

rollfaster

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Dec 28, 2012
8,519
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Ol' st. Lou
Well, this is about the best the paint will clean up. Wd40, 0000 steel. Then polishing compound and wax. Paint is just way too thin for rubbing compound.
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rennfaron

Finally riding a big boys bike
Sep 19, 2018
266
Austin, Texas

Schwinn499

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Apr 9, 2011
2,122
Monrovia, CA, United States
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