'59 Schwinn Wasp Project

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  1. brett4christ

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    Back in February, I attended the Hurricane Coasters Bike Swap in Concord, NC, and picked up a new project...a cool Schwinn balloon tire cruiser. It was a relatively original frame and forks, the only real modification was someone tried to repaint the white graphics. Fink Green Felt wheels and Quick Brick wide whites were included in the deal. I immediately had a vision of the bike completed, so a deal was struck and I took it home!

    Once home, I stripped her down and started cleaning! Underneath was a really nice green color...worn and chipped from years of riding, but really cool. The grease and grime had actually preserved what was left of the original paint.

    Befores and afters....
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    Found the serial number on the left rear dropout...

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    Between that and Google searches based on color/graphics, I deduced it was a 1959 Wasp model. I'm pretty certain, but I could be proven wrong with concrete facts! :rofl:

    At that time, the frame and forks took a prominent place...rafter storage in my bike workshop...along with every other conceivable item that really didn't belong in there.
     
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    Fast forward to a couple weeks ago....

    My plan for the build included a thorough cleaning, then application of some Fink Green pinstripes (of course, you know me!!) around freshly repainted Schwinn graphics. First order...paint the white!

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    ...then PINSTRIPES!

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    I used House Of Kolor Urethane custom mixed paint (first time) and a King 13 5/0 Mack dagger (favorite brush!).
     
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    Next order was clear! I used U-Pol clear from my local NAPA. Sprayed really well, but don't paint during high humidity...it gets milky! Ask me how I know....

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    Once cured, the project was fast-tracked to get it done by this past weekend. Initial assembly started...

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    Final touches were completed on Friday night ahead of a Saturday morning departure.

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    FLASHBACK: Back in February at the bike swap, a gentleman had noticed me admiring a little trinket he had for sale. At the end of the show, he approached me and handed me the item..."Here, have it!"

    Fitting final touch...
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    Thanks for looking!
     
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    Great build! Nice job on the stripes and the whole bike. :thumbsup:
     
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    Looks great, first looked at it on Instagram.
     

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