I have bought a bike to rehabilitate into a nice cruiser this winter. Cost $10. I was going to make a frankenbike to relive my youth. I bought the bike because it has a similar frame to my old bke (although my old one wasn't a Schwinn, it had dual small tubes over the big tube, and Schwinns have the dual tubes under the large one) and it is even a three speed like my old bike.
When I looked closer at it, I discovered that it seems to be an almost completely stock 1956 Schwinn Corvette... It even has the front rack, although it is attached to the rear of the seat. I was born in Feb 1957, and my cruiser was born in Oct 1955...
The only parts that are obviously not original are the pedals, and I already replaced them with some Schwinn bow pedals (from late 70's, so not era correct, but a similar style to what may have been on it). I am missing the rear reflector, and the bike needs work, including paint, new spokes, rust removal and removing some dings in the stainless steel fenders.
I am not looking to make a museum piece, but I am looking forward to working on it this winter. I am now vascillating between keeping it relatvely stock or swapping to ram horn bars and a banana seat and a few other modifications to make it like a similar bike that I road in my high school years... Either way it will be fun!
If I go for stock I plan on going with a color close to the stock blue. If I frankenbike it, I am seriously leaning toward something bold like flourescent orange with white decals and highlights... My high school bke was primer gray because I spent too much time riding it to finish painting it.
Not that I need to fit in with the crowd... I rode my original Frankenbike during the bike boom when everyone was riding their fancy ten speeds.... However, I am open to ideas... What would you do?