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  1. Schwinnspastic

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    I saved this 58 Schwinn from the crusher or should I say whats left of it.
    So if you guys dont mind a newbie in this build off, I like to give it a go .
    Here it is clamped in the jaws of the rat stand in as found condition and
    ready for this weeks project..final teardown and clean up/ inspection.
    It has the usual suface rust and the rack's a little bent ,the fender aint
    to bad for a rat so I'll try and roll out the dents. The frame # L851223
    best I can tell its late 58. now see what I can pull out of the pile of parts
    to build it.
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    found a little quality time this morning with the bike, I had this front end
    from a different project (not right for that one) might work for this one
    though it is a little cheesy. Shown here in 20 - 20 just to see what it looked like but I am thinking 24 - 20 ...it does have a good attitude and
    stands up well with the oe kickstand. I straightend the rack, removed
    the forward brace and lowered it, some mods are needed for the front
    mounting but I really hate to cut this part...hard to find in this shape so
    maybe just fab a bracket, the bars from an old freestyle bmx and a borowed seat from one of my other bikes just to make it look whole.
    Part of the parts pile in the background.

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    a close up of the front wheel
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    the rack less the center brace
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    Looks good. Hey email me at webbs_bicycle_recycle@yahoo.com about the parts you would be willing to sell or trade off that blue schwinn tandem you have in 'pile-o-bikes' back there. Thanks
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    I got the frame primered and clearcoated
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    did some detail on the small parts

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    picked up a few parts for the crank

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    I did a few other things, I'll try and put those up later.
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    lookin good..I love the Color..a lot!
    And the Drive line is SPOTLESS>> nice clean up on the Chainrings and De-railer!!!

    when I posted up my little Rat Rod Bikes
    Video I showed your doner bike..not the
    Schwinn Frame..sorry for that my friend..

    it's lookin great..and the Sunshine in the
    pictures looks like a Warm Welcome! :mrgreen:

    peace,
    Kev.
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    Thanks Kev...this build off is fun stuff...I've had some parts laying around
    for a while just waiting for the right project. Its amazing what some 4/0
    steelwool and mothers polish can do !

    I put a few parts on and took it out for a ride...no brakes just bare bones
    felt nice, rode true and solid...decided against the long fork and 20" wheels. Went with a standard length fork instead with 26" front and rear.
    I live in an area where every road is a hill so its 18 speeds once I get a shifter
    mounted and I need to figure out some brakes as I just dont have anything that fits.
    here it is semi whole
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    I've had this nos union headlight for a long time
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    yep thats an s6 rim with a 26x1 1/4 tire ...an oring on a rim up front
    and in back an electra hotster 26x2.125 but it sure seams fat for its size
    alwars liked red striped tires..british sports car days
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    more later
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    fork

    hey is that long fork and wheel set front end set up, sell able? let me know thanks! i sure could uese it
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    the fork and disc brake wheel are available as a kit from a place here in norcal but its a little cheesy and its still 120 bucks..I dont know if I could
    recomend buying one but if you must ...
    http://www.bicycledesigner.com
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    Niiiiice bike

    i LOVE the bike, 10 speeds are fun, Maybe a shifter like off 1 of the old crates? Just a suggestion.
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    take 1 old seat post, a piece of bar stock, a chrome cap...cut weld grind and you get this.
    what is this ? you ask

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    its a shifter mount
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    more free stuff from the pile...rickster have you priced a krate shifter lately ?
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    well done!

    brilliant!
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    schwinn

    No i just thaught it would look sweet, Nice bike man i love it!!
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    used a couple coaster brake straps to mount the shifter
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    I had some tan buckskin laying around, made a quicky boot
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    now on to bigger things ....like brakes

    Mark
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    very cool..the shifter boot looks great!

    Kev.
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    Thanks Kev, the boot was definately a quick job..hand sewn in about 15 minutes.
    The weather is so nice today , I coundn't resist taking it out for a ride to test the shifting????that when it got a little scary..did I mention all the roads around here
    are hills, I went uphill first to put a load on the drivetrain but then I had to come back down.
    Nope could not slow up enough to make the turn toward home so on down the hill,
    all of a sudden the front end starts to wobble, I look down and see the tire has a big bulge...I was loosing the bead on one side. I got it stopped in front of the church at the bottom of the hill so I stopped said a prayer and snapped this pic.
    no more rides till it has brakes
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    Haha yeah that is scary, 1 time i was riding my haro down a big hill, (just put new tires on) lol the tire like came off the rim i blew the tube and i did a front flip and smacked my head on the pavement, U lucked out. HAHA I love the bike man its lookin bad ...
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    Glad your ok Schwinnspastic...
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    WOW that sounds scary. Glad you made it out of it ok. I just wanted to say your pic is AWESOME with the background and all. Thats prolly one of my favorite pics now on this site. I live in flat old Indiana and love the mountains. Nice bike and pic. Troy
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    Wise choice my friend. :wink:

    Love the photo too...nice looking bike!
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    again , Thanks for the nice comments ! I did a little work on the rear fender but
    personally I think it looks better without it..I'll have to kick it around a bit maybe it will look better painted.
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