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No head badge, sprocket looks like a Columbia but I'm not sure.

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Chicago Schwinn, made April of 1953, straight bar frame. For 26" wheels. It has the bracket for truss rods.
Sprocket is skip tooth Columbia.

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Maybe started out as a Spitfire, this is from the 53 Schwinn catalog:
 
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Chicago Schwinn, made April of 1953, straight bar frame. For 26" wheels. It has the bracket for truss rods.
Sprocket is skip tooth Columbia.

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Isn't it more of a "DX" style frame and not a straight bar? That mid tube has the slight curve of a DX.
 
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It's a DX and not a straight bar. Always trust the Kingfish!
Cool old frame, get it on the road!
That's twice I've done that. A straight bar has a straight bar! You can trust me too! I just make mistakes every now and then.
 
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I was originally planning on selling it when I got it but I'm thinking it's a good candidate for a klunker or a trike.


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Found a CWC Hiawatha for my trike/klunker project today to this frame/fork and fenders will be for sale...


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I just noticed another error I made. It can only be a DELUXE Spitfire with that truss rod bracket. All the other models were cantilever or straight bar frames.
 
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Too bad I don't have the rest of the parts!!! What do you guys feel a fair asking price on the frame set and fenders?


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Everything shown plus both fenders? If the fenders are viable, and you can ship it (lower 48 of course), I would guess at best $120 shipped. Or picked up for $75.00. Shipping is getting more expensive all the time so that's your call.
Or you could get a used beach cruiser off CL and strip it for parts to get it going. An extra bike is always convenient if your main ride has a flat.
 
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I was thinking $150 plus actual shipping. Am I that far off? Both fenders are in good shape... shipping through bike flights is going to be around $50.


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I would say Wildcat is pretty close. It's a pretty standard bike and no tank or wheel set. Those are the money parts.
 
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I was thinking $150 plus actual shipping. Am I that far off? Both fenders are in good shape... shipping through bike flights is going to be around $50.


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No harm in starting at 150 plus shipping. Gives you some bartering room. You may find someone who values a 53 Schwinn frame that much. I would back before I retired.