Coda

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  1. furyus

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    I’ve been wrestling with the idea of simplifying my life for the last couple of years, and I believe this frame will be the last bike I “build.” Really more of a preservation in this case. I’m eliminating collections of “stuff” from my life, including bicycles, but I’ve got to have at least one Sting-Ray. Figured between all the bikes and build-offs over the years, Coda would be an appropriate name. I think historically I finish about 50% of the build-offs I enter - let’s see if I can get to finish line this time.

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    December 21, 1964 Schwinn Sting-Ray, probably sold as a ‘65. Above pics are of the chainguard, where you can barely make out Sting in one pic and Ray in the other. Gotta have a ‘Ray, gotta have rust.

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    Always good to have furyus in the mix! Your builds are enjoyable, as well as your commentary. And I dig the name with it's musical connotation. RaT oN again, maestro~!
     
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    LOVE the theme and inspiration. I am also building a Sky Blue Schwinn, and it will also feature some rust, so I will be following.
     
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    Welcome to the mix!
    If you had not pointed out what they said I would have missed it!
     
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    I surely do appreciate the welcome from you posters and you likers. Hopefully the tedious nature of these next pics won’t quench your enthusiasm.

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    She’s a N4 bike, only built the last two weeks of 1964, and the last of this style of serial number. She’ll be 54 years old a week from now.

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    I’m not the first owner. Maybe Shawn Woods was back in the day. This is the bottom of the crank housing. Wonder where Shawn is today? Hopefully well.

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    Shawn must’ve had a bike stolen at some point, because he was making sure his name was on this one.

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    Shawn was serious about theft prevention. This is the seat post. Helps build my confidence that I’ve scored a genuine early Sting-Ray.

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    Built on December 21, 1964, she was probably sold as a ‘65, or at least had a mixture of ‘64 and ‘65 parts, as Schwinn was famous for doing. Here is the Schwinn stamp on the knurling of the handlebars, a 1965 feature (‘64 had no name or number on the knurling).

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    I bought this bike complete off eBay, minus the chain. Owner said it was all original except for the seat and sissy bar (more on that later). I studied it a bunch before making an offer, but I knew the chances that I was buying a collection of unrelated parts was high. Still, I had to have it. I was super thrilled when I pulled this out of the crank housing.

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    Not sure if these are date stamps or part numbers on the crank bearings, but I’m betting they’re dated. Too coincidental to be part numbers.

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    Looks like the seat tube has been ovaled out a bit, enough that the clamp won’t come off. I’ll straighten it a little, but not too worried about making it perfect. The clamp will get derusted and polished - not. Coat of oil and a pinch of grease on the threads and it’ll last another 50 years.

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    Mmm-mm, love me some chrome. This is the lower left corner of my handlebar, and there is more of this deliciousness over the rest of it. You can buff all day and not look this good.

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    I feel pretty good that I scored a genuine early Sting-Ray. The numbers and stampings and faded decals, as well as the correct pedals and center-stamped, double-knurled S2 with a Bendix RB2 hub all lead me to believe she’s real and not a clone. I plan on preserving her as is, with a couple of tweaks to make her my own. Probably document a bit more before I try and save as much corrosion as possible.

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