79 SCHWINN SPITFIRE 5

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  1. Rat Rod

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    This bike popped up yesterday on FB locally and at first I didn’t think I could make the hour drive to pick it up. Last night I decided to contact the seller to see if it was still available and it was. Drove over this morning to get the bike.

    The seller said it came from the estate sale of an elderly man who passed away. Apparently he bought the bike in 79 at Tri City Schwinn in Hurst, TX and never rode it.

    Appears to be in fantastic original condition. Should turn out mint after a little magic Texas water treatment.

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  2. A.S.BOLTNUT

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  3. Robertk

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    Wow!
    Now that is a fantastic find! Congratulations!!!
     
  4. Robertk

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    Just need some blue Schwinn grips, and you’re good to go!!!
     
  5. deorman

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    I'm not jealous...

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  6. Robertk

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    Me neither :grin:
     
  7. Rat Rod

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    Discovered that these tires are no longer rideable. Tried to air them up to 30lbs and scary things started happening.

    I’m pretty sure Schwinn brand tires were the poorest quality tires on the market. Every pair I’ve ever found are always falling apart.
     
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  8. Robertk

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    Bummer!
     
  9. jayblok

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    That rear hub looks soooooo compatible with the rear wheel on my latest motored sportbike find! Any info on it? I would really appreciate it!
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  10. A.S.BOLTNUT

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    Schwinn atom drum brake , it was also used on the "Krate " bikes ,but on the front wheel .
     
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    Thanks for the info! But sadly,I just found out that the spoke size on my motorbike wheels is 9 gauge,which is Humongous in the bicycle world....ugggh..oh well :43::43:
     
  12. Rat Rod

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    Gave it a bath...

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  13. A.S.BOLTNUT

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    Just Wow!
     
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  14. Mikes_70

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    I watched your video on Instagram , you never cease to amaze me how you find these things . Very nice dig .
     
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  15. Rat Rod

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    Waiting on a set of Cheng Shins from Clyde James Cycles and then I'll finish the detailing process.

    Still need to pull all of the bearings and clean and repack them all.
     
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    Not sure if there's any difference but the schwinn tandems have this rear drum brake too. The tandems have some beefy spokes but I dont think 9 gauge!
     
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    Yea,i did research on those schwinn tandems w/drum brake. It varies from model to model when it came to spoke thickness.They can be from 11 through 14 gauge spokes.
     
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  19. Rat Rod

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    Got some new Cheng Shin white walls from Clyde James Cycles and threw them on. Still need to tear the bike down and overhaul all of the bearings at some point.

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    Looking sharp!
     

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