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Old 09-07-04, 07:45 AM   #1
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Garbage find - Schwinn Typhoon

My wife and I decided to take the dogs on a nice drive on Labor Day and then stop at the park for a walk. On the way, I noticed a couple of bikes sitting on the side of the road. One was a Typhoon, a bit rusty and beat but all original and all there. The other two were cheapos, one Sears Free Spirit and the other a JC Penneys. Nobody was home and, although it was obvious that they were trying to get rid of them, I wheeled them off the edge of the road and left a note. Got a call back after dinner and went to pick them up.

I'm going to scavenge the fenders off the Sears and JC Penneys bike, they are nice and straight. Then it's off to the dump with them.

I looked up the serial on the Typhoon and it was built on 7/26 1963. The handlebars are pretty rusty and the tires are dry-rotted but everything else is in pretty good shape. I think I'm going to just fix it up and ride it as it's not in good enough shape to do much else with. I have a few decisions to make though... I was thinking of just cleaning up the frame and leaving it the way it is or possibly sanding it and repainting it something outlandish. The bars will need to be redone, I'll probably just go over them with some chrome spraypaint.

Anybody else work on and ride these bikes? I love the thing, it's exactly what I was looking for to tool around our local rails-to-trails. The thing is a bomber, it weighs a ton. I'll bet with some TLC it will ride like a dream. So... To leave the original black with all the decals or to sand it and paint it orange...

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Old 09-07-04, 08:28 AM   #2
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My girlfriend picked one up this summer. Its her primary bike for running errands within 3 or 4 miles of home. She paid $110 for a 1969 in great shape. I'd say don't throw it away, at least find someone else who'd like to ride it; better yet fix it up & ride it yourself!
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Old 09-07-04, 01:36 PM   #3
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Oh I'm certainly not going to throw it away!!!

As I said, I plan to just fix it up and ride it myself. I guess what I'm struggling with is do I repaint it or leave it the original black.

It's not really worth much from a collector's standpoint. It sure would be fun to ride so maybe I "customize" it a bit? The rear fender is pretty banged up. I have a good line on some repop tires. I'm going to start tearing it down tonight.

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blimey,

it's like living in a wonderland; old, delicious bikes just lying around waiting for to be picked and fixed.... wait, I'm on my way there
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Old 09-07-04, 02:32 PM   #5
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I know... My eyes just about bugged out of my head when we drove by. I slammed on the brakes and swung in the driveway (to the delight of my wife).

I'm just dieing to get to work...

I'll post photos at some point.

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Old 09-07-04, 02:35 PM   #6
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Yes, I ride them and love them. Check out my post on this topic here and look at the links in it. I am currently working on a couple of Schwinns right now. Let me know if you have any questions....

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Old 09-07-04, 03:05 PM   #7
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SWEET rides Pedro!

That really makes me lean toward painting the beast. Being that the fenders are all dinged up, I may just get rid of them too.

I kinda dig the original redline hub but the rims are a bit beat up. Maybe I'll see if I can salvage the rims, paint them, and lace them back to the original hubs.

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Someone donated this old Schwinn to my Bikes For Tykes organization last year:



I'm still trying to find out its age. The serial number is stamped crudely on the crank hanger, which means it's supposedly really old. I need to pull the crank to get a better handle on the production date. The frame used to be black and the wheels were painted with a brush (right over the gorgeous pinstripes...ugh). Tires are dried out Westwinds that STILL hold air. It's creaky, and bit wobbly from out-of-true wheels, but a lot of fun anyway. I hope to do a nice repaint and shine to make it a display bike at our Bikes For Tykes events.
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Here are some pics of the bike...

Well I got home and started this evening and I ran into a couple of snags. Apparently everything in and around the headset was pretty rusted out. The screw that holds the front fender on and runs up through the bottom of the fork broke off. The bolt that runs down through the gooseneck and into the fork also broke off.

So now I have the headset basically loose and apart but that goose bolt is holding the fork and handlebars together and there is no way for me to get to it.

Any suggestions?

Everything except the bottom bracket is stripped off the frame.

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By goose bolt, you are referring to the bolt that pulls the wedge and locks the stem in position.

If you broke this bolt, in theory, you should be able to knock the wedge loose. Depending on how far down it broke, perhaps you can use a punch or another similar diameter bolt and tap the end of the broken bolt to free the wedge. That might let you get some twist going on the stem and bring it up out of the fork.

However, the stem might be rusted pretty badly to the fork where this won't work. If that's the case, you are probably have a real project!
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Hello, I was wondering:

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I looked up the serial on the Typhoon and it was built on 7/26 1963."

I found a pristine C.Itoh. Where di I go with the serial number to find out the manufacture date?
online resources? websites?

Thanks in advance.
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I have absolutely no idea where to get the serial number data on a C.Itoh
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By goose bolt, you are referring to the bolt that pulls the wedge and locks the stem in position.

If you broke this bolt, in theory, you should be able to knock the wedge loose. Depending on how far down it broke, perhaps you can use a punch or another similar diameter bolt and tap the end of the broken bolt to free the wedge. That might let you get some twist going on the stem and bring it up out of the fork.

However, the stem might be rusted pretty badly to the fork where this won't work. If that's the case, you are probably have a real project!
Yes, that is the bolt I'm talking about. It broke pretty far down, I think it snapped off about where it would enter the wedge. It was rusted pretty bad, I didn't even have the opportunity to put any pressure on it, I was just turning with my wrist and it snapped. I'll have to see if I can find a punch or bolt long enough to tap on it. I'm going to get some Blaster and spray up from the bottom and down from the top before I do anything.

For the screw that holds the front fender to the bottom of the fork I guess I'll just have to get a tap and die, drill it out, and re-thread it?
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