Re: Inauspicious Beginnings: 1961 Schwinn American.
That same crank is probably common to other Schwinn middle weights. No one will know or care if it is original. I've had a couple of 63 American deluxe models and the hybrid trike I'm building is a ladies version. Well made bikes with good components. I'm also a fan of the Bendix coaster brake. Keep it greased and it will go forever. You'll want a front brake, even if just caliper. Schwinn made an add on adapter for that fork and they sometimes come up on ebay. Good luck with your build.
Someday when I grow up I will probably lose interest in toys with wheels, but until then...
Last edited by silverbear; 09-09-2015 at 08:11 AM.