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Old 10-22-05, 04:42 PM
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Thanks to mswantak and cudak888, I got inspired to remake an 82 Continetal I had given to me by a friend. It was black, and in rather good shape, just no one wanted it. The frame was a great size for me, and after getting a small piece of 'artwork' poking fun at Schwinn and their electroforged frames, I decided to have fun and experiment.
The frame is finished, except for a final clearcoating. I will post photos later tonight of what I finally came up with. It doesn't look much like a Continental anymore, for starters. I fooled around with Createx's Auto Air colors for airbrush, and would up with a three toned Autumn Orange, Bright gold and white paint job. I also used the Schwinn Gas Pipe logo (Thanks Kurt!) and some decal paper and made my own decals for the bike. It was a great learning experience, and I can't wait to get at an old Cannondale frame I have at work.
Thanks for the inspiration to keep another EF Schwinn on the road.

Here's the photos:

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Good for you! Every time someone puts an old gas-pipe Schwinn back on the road, 10 weight-weenies curl up in the fetal position and die.


You can see what I did with my old Varsity here:
http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php?t=128775
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Nice, but you got one thing wrong. Those bikes weren't made with "Schwinn Approved Gas Pipe Tubing" Schwinn fabricated their own gas pipe in house.
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So they didn't approve of their own gas pipe?

Pretty slick, Duane.
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Oh my god, you obviously rock! Love your new-old bike. Your paint/pinstriping/decal work is splendid. I forsee many compliments and comments for you in the future.
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Reminds me of the tag line on the Schwinn commercials that would run on Capt'n Kangaroo in the morning.

"Boy I like my Schwinn bike, Schwinn IS the Finest bike!"

I happen to like the design books behind the image of the frame, missing "Objects of Desire" though, perhaps on another shelf.

Sold my last Sting Ray in 1973 to purchase a Phil Wood Bottom Bracket and pair of used Campagnolo Record pedals...
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Originally Posted by duane041
Thanks to mswantak and cudak888, I got inspired to remake an 82 Continetal I had given to me by a friend. It was black, and in ra....
Fantastic work! I particularly admire the paint job - very, very nice...and I'm still cracking up about that Gas Pipe Tubing decal! I had no idea it would come to such good use!

Allow me to apologize about those downtube decals I was going to make for you, I completely forgot about them. I observe that you've came up with a very suitable solution though!

What components do you plan to outfit it with? My favorite 27" wheelset for riding are my old Weinmann alloy hooked rims - with the wheelset's original Mallard Helicomatic 6 speed in the back!

Take care,

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Astonishing. Looks very nice.
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Beautifully done Duane.
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Originally Posted by duane041
and some decal paper and made my own decals for the bike.

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Thanks for the inspiration to keep another EF Schwinn on the road.

Thanks for keeping another great, old Schwinn on the road ! Great job !

Forgive me if I skew the thread but where did you get the decal paper
and what was your process ?? I am repeatedly amazed at the stuff
MSWANTEK puts here and now I see this too.....Is this something I
could do to an old WORLD I want to restore ?

Thanks in advence and again, wonderful job !
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you know, that looks so good I may have to get
an old schwinn myself.

very nice.
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I want it. Oh yes I do.
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Great job with the paint and artwork.

"Gas Pipe DeLuxe"

"Electroforged in U.S.A."

Fantastic! I love it!
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Thank you all!!! You are too kind!

To cudak888, don't worry about the decal ideas. I'm thrilled with the "Gas Pipe" decal, as it was the inspiration for the whole thing I plan on keeping it all original, even the steel S6's. The components are nearly new, and all worked flawlessly. The only change will be a saddle I have had for about 10 years, it's a retro Schwinn "S" saddle, with the stripe down the middle, in orange and gold sparkle vinyl. Kinda looks like the old Stingray seat.

To =lem in Pa=, the decal paper came from http://www.kustomrides.com/xcart/Wat...aper-p-47.html . It was very easy to use, but a bit tricky to get the sizing correct so the decals sort of fit onto the bike in the correct areas. I sprayed the printed decal with Duplicolor clear enamel, let dry, and then applied like any other decal. What I like about kustomrides is that you can purchased a 10 sheet set of 5 sheets of clear and 5 sheets of white decal paper. It's fun to fiddle with it, you'll be hooked!

To everyone else, thanks so much for the encouraging words. I thought the frame looked pretty good, but it's nice to hear everyone else's opinion...especially when they're positive I wish my camera could capture the colors better. They have a fire and brilliance that doesn't come through on a tiny digital camera. This one will get another few coats of clear next week, and hopefully out on the road if the weather is OK. I'll get some more pics when it's reassembled
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VERY KOOL! really great work in it. Love that color and the decals are really great!
can't wait to see the pics of it built up.
now the question is what color cello tape will you be using on the handlebars?
I remember being totally jealous of my neighbor friend comin home, one day, with a yellow continental (with, I think yellow cello tape). It was very kool.
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VERY KOOL! really great work in it. Love that color and the decals are really great!
can't wait to see the pics of it built up.
now the question is what color cello tape will you be using on the handlebars?
I remember being totally jealous of my neighbor friend comin home, one day, with a yellow continental (with, I think yellow cello tape). It was very kool.
But it's got that snappy foam stuff on the bars now!? Why change!?
I hope to get a hold of some orange bar tape. I'll be doing some web searching tomorrow AM.
The colors were almost an accident. I did a metallic gold underpaint, and then shot a mix of transparent root beer and transparent yellow over the front half of the bike. I expected a more "burnt" color, but what I got was a beautiful 'autumn' color. The rear part is metallic gold base with tranparent yellow and candy red shot over it. The bike really shines in the sunlight.
And thank you also for the compliments.
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Duane, this might interest you:

http://cgi.ebay.com/NOS-SCHWINN-COPP...QQcmdZViewItem

The plugs aren't correct for the Continentals (they used thin chrome steel plugs), but the bar tape looks to be the right stuff.

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Duane, this might interest you:

http://cgi.ebay.com/NOS-SCHWINN-COPP...QQcmdZViewItem

The plugs aren't correct for the Continentals (they used thin chrome steel plugs), but the bar tape looks to be the right stuff.

Take care,

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Thanks again! I bid on that stuff, and some gold colored stuff, too. You can never be sure what it will look like til you get it on the bars
I think I have some plugs that are still in the bars that were on the bike. They should work fine.
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Duane, that is truly beautiful - and hilarious! The riders you pass (assuming they catch a glimpse of the top-tube decal) won't know whether to drool over the great paint job or just scratch their heads - "Gas Pipe? Never heard of that one..."
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