New Venice~ Vintage Schwinn Boardie

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Here's one I just got the parts back from chrome & powder coating & started a test build.

It's another restored 1950s Schwinn straight bar with a Sportsman Flyer tank, VMB Monark-2 fork, Felt wheels & slicks.

First I'll get everything test fitted & then break it down & rebuild it with grease & loctite everywhere.

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Venice Motor Bikes

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Here's a couple of setups that I had powdered while I did this....

One's a 1950s Monark frame & fork & the other's a custom stretch Schwinn & vintage springer fork.





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The Thickslicks are nice!
I've used them on my race bikes with good results... I've seen other racers using the Cyclops tires, but I've never tried therm.
 

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I installed a new engine & took it for its first test ride today... It runs really well but I prefer my bikes to have a lot of extra power.

The next thing to do is to install a good front disc brake & some vintage style pedals.

When I get more time in a few weeks, I'll concentrate on hot rodding the engine with a reed, big carb & a pipe.


I also checked the serial numbers... it's a 1953 Schwinn

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sportscarpat

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Nice bike Norm! Nothing like a straight bar Schwinn build. Come to think of it I still have one of those frames kicking around and a paint stencile kit.
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Venice Motor Bikes

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Knowing me, you should know that I can't leave anything 'stock'...

I'm completely porting & rebuilding the entire engine for a reed valve, 22mm carb & a CR-80 pipe

I'll post more pics of the progress as it happens...



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Here's where I left off yesterday...

I machined the cylinder for the reed block & opened up the port as large as possible.

Next week I'll finish the machining, build the engine & start making the intake for the 22mm Mikuni carb.




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I had a very productive day with the bike today...

I finished machining the engine, put it all together and then fabricated the intake manifold for the 22mm carb.



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Venice, Beautiful bike, amazing engine work too. The bright blue really pops and fits that bike to a tee. Thanks for the detailed picts.

-Zip
 

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Norm I'm a fan of the China girls and currently have three bikes running them, including my daily rider, a Grubee frame board track style, so when I say your Schwinn is awesome take into account my prejudice as well as my sincerity...your combination really works. Rick C.
 

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