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Old 05-01-12, 09:28 PM   #1
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Today's project. (3 speed content)

Some of you may or may not have noticed some pretty dumb questions regarding 3 speeds given my username... there's a very good reason for this I really haven't worked on an american 3-speed.. today I decided to clean up and get my grandfathers bike mechanically working, so without further ado.. pics.
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Old 05-02-12, 03:33 AM   #2
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WOW !! Great job !
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Old 05-02-12, 03:38 AM   #3
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SPLENDID!! Are those new fenders? Ore did you clean the old ones?
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Talk about cleaning up nicely! Whoah! How does it ride?
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SPLENDID!! Are those new fenders? Ore did you clean the old ones?
Xardas, if you look at the mudguard stays, it is apparent the they are not replacements. Schwinn chrome of they era is really well done.
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Nice work.
I'll answer the fender question - I'm sure they are the originals. That old Schwinn chrome is deep.
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Yes those are the original fenders, old chrome is wonderful and so is aluminum foil with glass cleaner. The bearings only required repacking, the front wheel atm is a replacement while I hunt down a new rim for the original other then lacking the raised center ridge, it's actually very fitting on the bike. It's also hard to tell in the new pics, but there is still some minor rust I'd guess I'm about 85% done with the cleanup, I've only cleaned the paint I haven't done anything to preserve it yet as well.. and I had to steal a SA Pulley from one of my raleigh frames and then dig up a very weird screw to mount it, oh and I had to change the SA hub spindle indicator to one with an actual cable clamp instead of barrel adjuster.

Oh and does anyone have any suggestions for restoring the saddle? That one is virgin territory for me.

Rides quite comfortably despite my grandfather having been 5 inches shorter then myself, I'm almost loathe to raise the seat...

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Beautiful job. I agree about old Schwinn chrome being indestructible. The chrome on my `64 Schwinn tandem cleaned up very nicely even though it looked pretty grungy before.
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Yes those are the original fenders, old chrome is wonderful and so is aluminum foil with glass cleaner. The bearings only required repacking, the front wheel atm is a replacement while I hunt down a new rim for the original other then lacking the raised center ridge, it's actually very fitting on the bike. It's also hard to tell in the new pics, but there is still some minor rust I'd guess I'm about 85% done with the cleanup, I've only cleaned the paint I haven't done anything to preserve it yet as well.. and I had to steal a SA Pulley from one of my raleigh frames and then dig up a very weird screw to mount it, oh and I had to change the SA hub spindle indicator to one with an actual cable clamp instead of barrel adjuster.

Oh and does anyone have any suggestions for restoring the saddle? That one is virgin territory for me.

Rides quite comfortably despite my grandfather having been 5 inches shorter then myself, I'm almost loathe to raise the seat...
So how exactly do you use the aluminum foil and glass cleaner? I assume you're talking about cleanup of the bright items and I typically use WD-4- and 0000 steel wool for that. What are the advantages to your method?
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Nice job on that Schwinn. Before it looked sad, now it says "lets go for a ride".
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So how exactly do you use the aluminum foil and glass cleaner? I assume you're talking about cleanup of the bright items and I typically use WD-4- and 0000 steel wool for that. What are the advantages to your method?
The aluminium is a softer metal so it will not scratch the chrome, it also happens to be a great rust remover if you don't mind a little elbow grease.
Great job OP! I guess you're orig from England?
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So how exactly do you use the aluminum foil and glass cleaner? I assume you're talking about cleanup of the bright items and I typically use WD-4- and 0000 steel wool for that. What are the advantages to your method?
as ilike said, the alum foil won't scratch the chrome and generic windex is cheaper then wd-40 so rinsing with it as I go is no biggy, it really doesn't take much elbow grease either if you've got a thicker foil.

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The aluminium is a softer metal so it will not scratch the chrome, it also happens to be a great rust remover if you don't mind a little elbow grease.
Great job OP! I guess you're orig from England?
LoL Nope, born raised and bleed american. Just happens when I did get into cycling I picked up a Raleigh Sport from the dump, then a Superbe, then rapidly ended up on japanese 10 speeds.
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