Found 1950's Straight Bar Frame

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  1. GarveyJ

    GarveyJ

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    I'm a newbie and I am looking for a Panther straight bar frame and came across this one for $50. The serial number dates it back to 1950 but not sure what the model was. Do all the models that have a straight bar frame from 1950's use the same frame? Looks like a good find but just wondering if parts I pick up for a 1950's Panther would fit on this frame if is was not originally a Panther. Any guidance would be appreciated. Thanks

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  2. Wildcat

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    If it's a 1950 model (serial number on the bb?) Then it could be one of 3 models, Panther, D19 or D12. It looks like the same frame, Schwinn and others didn't usually make a different frame for similar models back then. So the parts should all interchange Here's the 1950 catalog:
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    https://bikehistory.org/catalogs/1950.html
     
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  3. rrtbike

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    $50 for a straight bar skiptooth?!?!? :eek:
    WOW! You sir got a smoking deal. Welcome to RatRodBikes.
     
  4. macncheese

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    Welcome aboard. I tried to buy that on craigslist yesterday but I guess you beat me to it!
     
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  5. GarveyJ

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    Slipped through my fingers, made the mistake of asking a question instead of making an immediate offer and someone else got it, lesson learned - strike quickly.
     
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  6. Wildcat

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    Looks like the forks have a slight bend, but an easy fix.

    If there is original paint under the blue, you may be able to ID the model. The Panther had a 2 tone paint job, while the other 2 models had the scroll type trim, white on the front of the frame.
     
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  7. Rustinkerer

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    Schwinn serials were stamped on the BB until part way through '52, when they moved to the rear dropout. There was also a middleweight straight bar frame. The rear frame stays are narrower than a ballooner.
    -Adam
     
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