EvansColson Special Commander (Got Evans?)

Nov 22, 2011
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Rescued this bike from an antique shop barn back in February. It is from mid fifties I believe and has quite a few random Schwinn parts. It still has the barn dust and needs to be cleaned to evaluate whether it gets new paint or not. From eBay and forum members I have sourced a tank, chain guard and headbadge for it, as well as some other parts. I'd like for this to be more of a rider bike. My other three build off bikes are rideable but have been used mostly for showing.

After my heart stint last Sunday, I have another week or so of taking it easy. So progress photos will be slow in coming. This was another bitter sweet day in that we sold MazdaFlyer. Parting with her/him after 14 years was sad.


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Nov 22, 2011
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I did some demolition on the bike today and did the first cleanup with car wash soap and water. The fenders don't look too bad and the light rust and scum should clean up. The paint appears to be non original. I think it is repainted with an attempt at fading in black at joints and other places. If it wasn't so scuffed and scratched up I would retain it. Thinking I might try to match the reddish tank paint or repeat the copper with cream darts. Powder coating would be the easiest but I don't want to spend the money. A few progress pics follow.



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Removed fenders, seat post, kickstand, fork and headset, crank, pedals and bottom bracket parts.

Original field color might have been red.

I have several paint options in mind. If I save the paint that's on it, I will have a crap rod. I don't see it as worthy of a second chance.


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