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1964 Varsity-Before and after

Old 06-27-11, 09:37 PM
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1964 Varsity-Before and after

I found this old Varsity at Goodwill and simply couldn't pass it up, it was filthy, rusty, someone had clear coated the bike right over the dirt.

But it was too cool to leave it there, Huret downtubes mounted to braze ons, old Sprint DRs.

One thing I found interesting is that the tubing diameter of this bike was smaller than that of later bikes including a 1968 Varsity also in my garage which made this one lighter than more modern Schwinns.

Here's a few before shots,











And the after, I did swap out the original wheels for alloy but virtually every other component was cleaned and reused.

It was no show bike and it had a ton of "patina" left on it but I thought it turned out beautifully, it rode incredibly well and nothing like later Varsitys and it's already moved on to a new owner.










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Old 06-27-11, 09:40 PM
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I kind of like that even though you cleaned it up, there is a still a patina of age on the bike. Very nice

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Old 06-27-11, 09:43 PM
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A couple more befores just to really get the point across about the level of filth,



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Originally Posted by FORDSVTPARTS View Post
I found this old Varsity at Goodwill and simply couldn't pass it up, it was filthy, rusty, someone clearcoated the bike right over the dirt.


Pretty nice job. That old Schwinn paint could use some mild polish, but you might polish right through it. You forgot to put the kickstand back in!
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Pretty nice job- but you forgot to put the kickstand back in!
Ah, but you forgot to finish your sentence

You should have said "You forgot to put the kickstand back in before you took the pics"

I did put it back in before the guy came to pick it up, I wanted to be sure to get the pics done before the bike left and I almost forgot the stand all together. Oops.
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Just bought a '64 Varsity in incomplete & decrepit condition. It's going to be a beach cruiser with 26" rims. Does yours have a front derailleur that homes to the big ring? My rear derailleur looks like yours but not the front. Mine had been painted 3 times over the original beautiful sparkly metallic blue.
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Very nicely done! Although I owned two Varsity's with downtube shifters, I never restored one. Great transformation!
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Meh. My Varsity has stem shifters.
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Thanks guys, when my son test rode it he just kept saying "That's not a Varsity, that's not a Varsity" because he's ridden quite a few and this one was quite different.

I couldn't polish the paint since the whole thing had been clearcoated and I didn't want to risk damaging what was there.

The front derailleur defaults to the small sprocket, both are the original Sprint derailleurs.

This one with alloys weighed in at about 32 lbs.
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Looks great! The pedals especially are amazing before and afters!
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Terra Cotta paint.
'64 was the only year that the Varsity was offered in this color and there don't seem to be many around. Perhaps it was not popular at the time(as popular as the other colors offered).

Nice job on the bike, but I've never understood getting a bunch of work into something and then letting it go. When I get that much work into something I'll own it forever.
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Beautiful! May I ask, how did you remove the rust and otherwise clean up the brightwork?

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Terra Cotta paint.
'64 was the only year that the Varsity was offered in this color and there don't seem to be many around. Perhaps it was not popular at the time(as popular as the other colors offered).

Nice job on the bike, but I've never understood getting a bunch of work into something and then letting it go. When I get that much work into something I'll own it forever.
I do it because I love working on them and it brings in some much needed extra cash along with the satisfaction of rescuing a deserving vintage bike.

I'm pretty sure if this one was in better shape it would have commanded a decent price over on the Scwhinn forums.
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Beautiful! May I ask, how did you remove the rust and otherwise clean up the brightwork?

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I've been using an oxalic acid bath on the chrome bits but on this one I decided to try white vinegar and lets just say I won't need to worry about buying OA again any time soon, the vinegar worked like magic to eat the rust off these old parts.

Other than the acid/vinegar bath I use Turtle wax chrome wheel polish when I do steel wheels.
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Very nice, sensitive rehab respecting the age of this bike. That's the way to do it.

These old DT shifter Schwinns may not be Confentes exactly, but there is something about them that makes then darn cool.
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Nice work, Steve! Never seen a DT shifter Varsity. Awesome color as well. The "before" brake lever mounting is a new one to me as well.
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Steve, did you dilute the vinegar at all or just got a bunch and used it full strength? I know gallons of it are pretty cheap at the grocery store.

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These old DT shifter Schwinns may not be Confentes exactly, but there is something about them that makes then darn cool.
Its the weight like a Cadillac.
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The "before" brake lever mounting is a new one to me as well.
^ They're all the rage for people who want to keep their brake levers in easy reach, but don't like riding in the drops.
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Steve, did you dilute the vinegar at all or just got a bunch and used it full strength? I know gallons of it are pretty cheap at the grocery store.



Its the weight like a Cadillac.
I used the vinegar straight from the jug, I've even got a piece of sacrificial aluminum in there to see how the vinegar attacks it, so far it seems very gentle on aluminum but it just eats the rust right off chrome and other steel bits.

I'll probably try another piece of aluminum as well to see how a different alloy fares, it'd be nice to be able to just toss alloy calipers with rusty hardware in the vinegar with no worries about what'll happen to the aluminum.

I loved the way the brakes were set up as well, someone had obviously been at this bike a bit but thankfully they didn't do any irreperable damage or lose any of the parts.


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vinegar and steel wool works great on rusty chrome bits, but those pedals turned out even better than I would have expected!
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Originally Posted by FORDSVTPARTS View Post
I'm pretty sure if this one was in better shape it would have commanded a decent price over on the Scwhinn forums.
I've seen those red button quick release brake levers bring some pretty good jing on ebay.

Hard item to find if you're looking for them!
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where's the gear nubs on your rear rollers? I think those need to be replaced
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Originally Posted by Flying Merkel View Post
Just bought a '64 Varsity in incomplete & decrepit condition. It's going to be a beach cruiser with 26" rims. Does yours have a front derailleur that homes to the big ring? My rear derailleur looks like yours but not the front. Mine had been painted 3 times over the original beautiful sparkly metallic blue.
I have a 65 Varsity frame sitting in my side yard. It is rusted to the point of being not worth restoring, but underneath where the front derailleur was mounted you can see that beautiful shade of metallic blue. That thing was a looker back in the day.

I love the pre stem shifter (and pie plate) Varsities, they were the first 10 speeds I noticed as a kid.
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Very nice work. The lax frame angles are very evident in the picture. It gives a nice, stable ride. I rode one fast down a hill, no hands. Handling is very sure.

What tires are on it? They look great.

What are your plans for the bike?

Does anyone want a free Varsity or two? I don't have the energy to work on them any more. I have a light blue 19" which needs tons of work. I have a 21" red in excellent condition, but it's completely disassembled.
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