(MBBO#05 Class 1) One-owner '68 Sting-Ray

Discussion in 'MBBO 2016 - FINISHED BIKES - CLASS 1' started by OddJob, Oct 29, 2016.

  1. OddJob

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    This was my first attempt at a refurbished bike build. My friend Randy had his original 1968 Schwinn Sting-Ray that he got for a birthday present in July of '68. The serial number indicates the bike was built in the factory in March of that year. He wanted the old stickers preserved, period correct parts added back on, and the bike made to look like it was in great condition, yet still vintage.

    Hence, the 'vintage clean' look of the bike as it stands now. Not a complete restoration to 'brand new', but a new looking bike with a vintage vibe. Following are a few pics of the process and comparisons with the condition before and after the process. Hope you enjoy!

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    What the bike looked like when I picked it up....had been converted in the late '70 s to a BMX set-up....

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    Bike had been hit by a car in the garage at one point. Rear triangle was out of wack, rear wheel rendered helpless, front wheel out of true and broken spokes, and worst of all; the handlebars were bent and kinked beyond straightening. Found a set of bars, Schwinn correct rear wheel (the red one was not original to the bike), rear slick tire, barely used banana seat, new sissy bar, to bring it back to it's original set-up. Cleaned all the chrome, taped off all the nostalgic stickers and gave the frame and fork a new overcoat of paint, then cut new decals to fit.

    Before and after of the crank / drive train / chain guard....

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    Top tube before / after.....

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    Seat tube before / after....

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    And a few more shots of the completed bike. It was a new challenge for me, and I appreciate all the helpful hints, historical background, and encouragement you all provided along the way! Thanks, and ..... RaT oN!

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    And the best part, the smile on his face when he picked up his 'new' bike! It was 1968 all over again.

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  2. LukeTheJoker

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    Nice work OJ!

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    Very very cool! How am I just now seeing this?!?!?
    Nothing like a stingray to make a man 8 years old again.
    Great job.
     
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    Thanks Luke!
     
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    Thanks Odder! I finished this about a month ago...been stuck on pg 2 for awhile.
     
  6. ADVHOG

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    Very nice work keeping the OG stickers while painting! That's a sweet ride!
     
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    Turned out well, but jeesh OJ. What took you so long to get it to the finished thread?

    Between this and your other build it was cool to see you do something that wasn't patina'd, but you still do some awesome rust work.
     
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    Thanks man! Really enjoyed working on this sting-ray. Took me back....
     
  9. OddJob

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    I appreciate the sediments....
    Expect some more rust in the future from me....and maybe a combo of rust and renewed finish...
     
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    Awesome Overhaul and a great thing to do for a friend
     
  11. OneHorsePower

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    Very clean job ! looks brand new :41::113:
     
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    Thanks 1HP!
     
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    Thanks Tom! A double emoticon from you is a real 'kudos'! :grin:
     
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    Looks great!
    I like to find the bikes with the original dealer stickers. Gives the bike lots of character. When I get one like that I will look up the address and history of the Schwinn shop. I Use Google map see if the building is still there.
     
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    Beautiful transformation :thumbsup:
     
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    Great looking Stingray. Love the restification. Would be fun to ride the tires off this one. Great work!
     
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    Thanks! I took it around the neighborhood and that bike park for about an hour after it was finished. They ride so well. Makes you feel invincible again...
     
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    + I vote for this to be the final pic.

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    You did this Stingray proud brother....nice work!!...:41::41::41:
     
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    Thanks Chad. That means a lot coming from a resto-reno-master like yourself.
     
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