Barn-Find 1952 Schwinn Hornet value?

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That’s what I would do and then add a sissy bar and a banana seat and Stingray type handle bars and ride the heck out of it. Then I’d have a 26” straight bar Stingray.
I have sketched ideas for a 26" straight bar Stingray before, but that's not what I have in mind for this bike, at least not at the moment.
 
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Okay, here are some ideas I have in mind to make it easier for me to love the original paint and patina on this Schwinn. First, I had initially thought about turning this bike into a "street bomber," but part of that look involves removing the chain guard, which is an element that's too cool to remove, at least in my opinion.
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What I'm currently thinking of going for is an "as found barn-find" board track racer-vibe, like someone turned their Schwinn Hornet into a board track bike back in the '50s or '60s, then hung it up in a barn only for it to be discovered 50 years later. This bike is in fact a real barn-find, as the guy I bought it from pulled it out of some guy's barn. I think if I build it up using almost nothing but old rusty parts, that would make for a neat appearance. This bike here is a great example of the look I have in mind:
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I'd also love to try stretching the wheelbase a few inches in the front and rear, using a rat trap springer and some extension plates bolted to the rear dropouts, kind of like this bike pictured below has. I think stretching the wheelbase would give it that much more of a motorcycle appearance than if I left the wheelbase stock.
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Once I can get all the nuts and bolts to break free (or just break,) I've got a few parts I'll want to mock up to help me decide whether or not I'll want to build this bike this way, and more importantly, whether or not I'll want to keep this bike.

What do you think? Does that sound like a good idea for this bike, or should I go for something else entirely?
 
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Never heard of that stuff before. Does it add rust, or remove it?
It actually does something to the rust and the metal and puts the rust back into the metal. I spoke with the guy who developed it but it was way over my head. The info I posted will allow you to get more info on it. I do know from first hand use that it works. It ain’t cheap, as a quart is 40 bucks. But it works.
 
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It actually does something to the rust and the metal and puts the rust back into the metal. I spoke with the guy who developed it but it was way over my head. The info I posted will allow you to get more info on it. I do know from first hand use that it works. It ain’t cheap, as a quart is 40 bucks. But it works.
I'll look into it. Sounds interesting.
 
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It’s pretty neat. I’m in the process of stripping down a Stingray and a Cycle Truck for restoration and I’m using it to keep them from rusting until I paint them. It won’t allow the metal to rust again.
 

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Critric acid about two three pounds. Fill a baby pool with warm water pour the acid in let it sit for an hour then scrub with a toothbrush. It'll bubble. Take frame out the surface rust will whipe of. Empty the pool fill it with baking soda and water dip the frame in to stop the process. Spray frame saver inside. Most of that is surface. Paint and decals will be safe.
 

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