'58 delivery

Jan 13, 2007
1,417
735
northern calif
I saved this 58 Schwinn from the crusher or should I say whats left of it.
So if you guys dont mind a newbie in this build off, I like to give it a go .
Here it is clamped in the jaws of the rat stand in as found condition and
ready for this weeks project..final teardown and clean up/ inspection.
It has the usual suface rust and the rack's a little bent ,the fender aint
to bad for a rat so I'll try and roll out the dents. The frame # L851223
best I can tell its late 58. now see what I can pull out of the pile of parts
to build it.
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Jan 13, 2007
1,417
735
northern calif
found a little quality time this morning with the bike, I had this front end
from a different project (not right for that one) might work for this one
though it is a little cheesy. Shown here in 20 - 20 just to see what it looked like but I am thinking 24 - 20 ...it does have a good attitude and
stands up well with the oe kickstand. I straightend the rack, removed
the forward brace and lowered it, some mods are needed for the front
mounting but I really hate to cut this part...hard to find in this shape so
maybe just fab a bracket, the bars from an old freestyle bmx and a borowed seat from one of my other bikes just to make it look whole.
Part of the parts pile in the background.


a close up of the front wheel

the rack less the center brace
 
Jan 13, 2007
1,417
735
northern calif
I got the frame primered and clearcoated

did some detail on the small parts


picked up a few parts for the crank


I did a few other things, I'll try and put those up later.
 
lookin good..I love the Color..a lot!
And the Drive line is SPOTLESS>> nice clean up on the Chainrings and De-railer!!!

when I posted up my little Rat Rod Bikes
Video I showed your doner bike..not the
Schwinn Frame..sorry for that my friend..

it's lookin great..and the Sunshine in the
pictures looks like a Warm Welcome! :mrgreen:

peace,
Kev.
 
Jan 13, 2007
1,417
735
northern calif
Thanks Kev...this build off is fun stuff...I've had some parts laying around
for a while just waiting for the right project. Its amazing what some 4/0
steelwool and mothers polish can do !

I put a few parts on and took it out for a ride...no brakes just bare bones
felt nice, rode true and solid...decided against the long fork and 20" wheels. Went with a standard length fork instead with 26" front and rear.
I live in an area where every road is a hill so its 18 speeds once I get a shifter
mounted and I need to figure out some brakes as I just dont have anything that fits.
here it is semi whole

I've had this nos union headlight for a long time

yep thats an s6 rim with a 26x1 1/4 tire ...an oring on a rim up front
and in back an electra hotster 26x2.125 but it sure seams fat for its size
alwars liked red striped tires..british sports car days

more later
 
Jan 13, 2007
1,417
735
northern calif
take 1 old seat post, a piece of bar stock, a chrome cap...cut weld grind and you get this.
what is this ? you ask


its a shifter mount

more free stuff from the pile...rickster have you priced a krate shifter lately ?
 
Jan 13, 2007
1,417
735
northern calif
Thanks Kev, the boot was definately a quick job..hand sewn in about 15 minutes.
The weather is so nice today , I coundn't resist taking it out for a ride to test the shifting????that when it got a little scary..did I mention all the roads around here
are hills, I went uphill first to put a load on the drivetrain but then I had to come back down.
Nope could not slow up enough to make the turn toward home so on down the hill,
all of a sudden the front end starts to wobble, I look down and see the tire has a big bulge...I was loosing the bead on one side. I got it stopped in front of the church at the bottom of the hill so I stopped said a prayer and snapped this pic.
no more rides till it has brakes
 
Haha yeah that is scary, 1 time i was riding my haro down a big hill, (just put new tires on) lol the tire like came off the rim i blew the tube and i did a front flip and smacked my head on the pavement, U lucked out. HAHA I love the bike man its lookin bad ...
 
WOW that sounds scary. Glad you made it out of it ok. I just wanted to say your pic is AWESOME with the background and all. Thats prolly one of my favorite pics now on this site. I live in flat old Indiana and love the mountains. Nice bike and pic. Troy
 
Jan 13, 2007
1,417
735
northern calif
again , Thanks for the nice comments ! I did a little work on the rear fender but
personally I think it looks better without it..I'll have to kick it around a bit maybe it will look better painted.