Schwinn, 'swap meet score'!! :)

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  1. Venice Motor Bikes

    Venice Motor Bikes Custom Builder / Dealer/Los Angeles

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    Here's a bike that I've been looking for for a very long time.
    I scored it at the LB swap meet today along with two 50's Schwinn Panthers.
    This bike is a 1960 24" Schwinn Deluxe Tornado 'double arch' bar.
    I've only seen two of them in my life; (& I own one of them now!!!) :)

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  2. 2door

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    Nice find, Norm. Now, you're going to restore it and pedal it around, right? :)
    Keep us informed on what you do with it, please.
    Tom
     
  3. LS614

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    Wow! Excellent find! I got a 1961 schwinn tiger at the side of the road, but I just don't have the heart to motorize it :D I'd like to see what you do with this :)
     
  4. The 26incher

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    Wow, that is very nice! I love the 24's...
     
  5. wheelbender6

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    Hmmm. I may just pedal that one and find something else to motorize.
     
  6. Venice Motor Bikes

    Venice Motor Bikes Custom Builder / Dealer/Los Angeles

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    No motor on this one!! ;)

    I'm thinking about keeping the factory paint & building some nice old skool wheels with a red band- kick back hub that I've been saving for something like this. :bike2:
     
  7. bairdco

    bairdco a guy who makes cool bikes

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    i'd definitely keep the paint. just soak it down with WD40 and rub it in, it'll shine up that rusty old patina...

    sucks i missed the swapmeet (again,) it was raining, and i was too hungover to ride all the way there.
     
  8. sportscarpat

    sportscarpat Bonneville Bomber the Salt Flat record breaker

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    So you scored a couple Schwinn Panthers, huh? Once again cornering the Panther market. Your ruthless. I can't seem to find one anywhere and you keep finding more like it's no big deal. That must have been a good swap meet you went to.
    Pat
     
  9. Venice Motor Bikes

    Venice Motor Bikes Custom Builder / Dealer/Los Angeles

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    Here's a update... I used some leftover rear 24" wheels from Nirve Switchblades that I motorized to get her going.
    I relaced one onto a front hub & the other still has a Shimano Nexus 3-speed hub. Then I added some spankin' new white walls & a new seat.
    This thing rides soooo sweet with gears!!

    I hope you guys like it. :)

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  10. LS614

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    Sweet sweet sweet! :d
     
  11. chainmaker

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    Very Nice Norm. Cool you are keeping it as is, If I get some time I want to clean up an old roll-fast I have for a peddaler
     
  12. wheelbender6

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    You never fail to impress, Venice. That's a great looking vintage ride.
     
  13. Venice Motor Bikes

    Venice Motor Bikes Custom Builder / Dealer/Los Angeles

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    There was a bike show at the Armand Hammer Museum last Thursday night.
    We rode the old Schwinns out there to show 'em off.
    Here's a pic of me with the bike that night...
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    That bike is so rad it hurts.
     
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    Norm, you dawg! That is a sweet score. I can't blame you for keeping a motor off it.
     
  16. Venice Motor Bikes

    Venice Motor Bikes Custom Builder / Dealer/Los Angeles

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    I've decided that I wanna put some Felt wheels on her!
    I have some 50mm wide 24" rims left over from a Felt ElGuapo... I'm gonna strip the red paint off of 'em, polish 'em up & lace 'em in with stainless 12-gage spokes. (^)
     

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