Hi guys, this may be a silly question, but here it goes anyway.
I'm trying to restore an old Schwinn Traveler my bro found in the dumpster. The process is going pretty well in general, but I'm a bit puzzled when it comes to installing the front wheel. Basically, the wheel came without any quick release mechanism, but it did have those fancy curved metal links that attach to the inside of the fork. Fine. However, the axle of the front hub appears to be too short to fit in the fork. I CAN get it in, but to do this, I need to apply some inward pressure to the fork. Also, the aforementioned links won't really fit on the axle with such arrangement. Is this anywhere near normal for old bikes? The wheel appears to have come from this bike and I can't see any signs of a broken axle. Sorry, I don't have any pics at hand. Thanks in advance, your responses are much appreciated!