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restoration advice neededBecky
Jun 13, 2002 7:08 AM
I have an old Schwinn cruiser (the model is the American, I think?) that was my dad's when he was a kid. I'd like to restore it to its original beauty. Any advice on where to start or a good source of parts? TIA!

Oh, Hummah? ... nmscottfree
Jun 13, 2002 7:10 AM
Hmmm, where to start ...Humma Hah
Jun 13, 2002 1:57 PM
Last year there was a Schwinn Collector's website run by Schwinn, but it's down for now (since the tragedy of Huffy acquiring Schwinn).

Lots of parts are available on e-bay. Reproduction tires may be available from Schwinn dealers (they were in production as late as last spring when I got mine, Schwinn cruiser tires are non-standard sizes). I bought new parts for my Bendix coasterbrake last summer, through a LBS.

An interesting garage internet operation I've used for old parts is

Keith has provided me with a wheel and a fork I needed for my old Schwinn cruiser. His website has one piece of info you'll want: how to interpret the serial number of the bike to determine its age.

If the Schwinn is pre-WWII, it is priceless.

If built in the 50's or earlier, its quite impressively valuable.

Anything built in Chicago (before about 1978) is definitely a keeper.

Especially on the older bikes, try to keep the paint and decals original if they're at all presentable. A few scratches or dings are not a reason to repaint.

Mine, on the other hand, was repainted and heavily modified when still young, so I had no qualms about having it stripped, powdercoated, and reproduction decals applied, last year, which resulted in a stunning job. I'd not trade mine for love or money.