Restoring a Vintage 1950's Bicycle

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About: I have a group on facebook.South La. radio restoration and collecting.

I decide to try to restore this bike using only what I had on hand.No specialty tools just what I already have.

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Step 1: Acquired a 1950's Bike

Was given a vintage bike from a friend who knew I like to restore them.Started off by examining the bike to see what could be saved.

Step 2: Getting the Rim Free of Rust

Had to use rust solvent and a dremmel tool to grind away the rust.Had to repeat this time 3 or four times,varies with the amount of rust.

Step 3: Examining the Paint

At first I thought the paint was original,but after a closer look.Someone a long time ago repainted the bike.

Step 4: Taking Off the Fenders and Chain Guard

I removed the front and back fender,chain guard and seat.On the seat I removed the spring bolts which also held the seat pans together.I removed the old worn out cover.This will allow me to see if the seat can be saved.This bike had been left in the weather for some time.

Step 5: Getting the Dents Out and Filling With Bondo..

Used my hammer to tap of the dents in the fender,then used sheet rock tape on the seat pans. This helps hold the bondo in place.I am not a welder so just using what I have on hand.I am just making a structure so when the cushion and seat cover goes on,it will not have a dip in the back of the seat.once the bondo dries I will sand it and add more where needed .

Step 6: Painting and More Sanding

I sanded down the bondo on the seat pan.This will be form over function just to hold the shape for the seat cover.The seat springs I just sanded off lose paint and any rust.I had left over paint from a bbq pit project and some clear coat,this is what I used on the springs.I had another seat which I used the cushion off of it.I used a serated knife to slice it like bread.i also painted the bottom of the seat pan.

Step 7: Finishing Touches

I used Wally World paint and clear coat to paint the frame and rims,I am not satisfied with my seat covering abilities.I may purchase a jell seat to cover it with

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    F3LINE

    2 years ago

    I have a 1957 Schwinn Hornet beach cruiser, and I don't know how to remove parts of it to get rust off and replace parts. Any help?

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    jveazeyF3LINE

    Reply 2 years ago

    if you don't see a mounting bracket,then yes the screws should be under the fender.I would like to see some pics of the bike.

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    jveazeyF3LINE

    Reply 2 years ago

    What parts? I use PBblast,spray on any rusty spot and let it sit awhile. Then spray more while undoing a bolt or removing handle bars.

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    F3LINEjveazey

    Reply 2 years ago

    I just saw my issue, it had to do with the extra supports on the wheel covers leading to the axel

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    F3LINEF3LINE

    Reply 2 years ago

    But another issue is with the headlight. There is a partial bullet headlight, but I can't see any screws. Granted, I haven't taken off the wheels yet so maybe the screws are on the inside of the tire cover, but do you know where the screws are?

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    jveazey

    3 years ago

    I agree,although I robe the bike a couple of times so far.The seat is not that uncomfortable.

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    rtervo

    3 years ago

    nice looking finish. If you're going for less restauration/ more repair for use, a new saddle is usually more comfortable anyway :)