Thursday, January 14, 2016

Joel and Gilly's 1962 Schwinn Tigers Preservation - Two Amazing Examples!

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Bicycle Complete

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
3 Speed Tiger Complete

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Tigers Together!
This week I started work on Joel and Gilly's 1962 Schwinn Tigers.  The Tigers are in incredible shape for their age so these are more reservations then restorations.  These Tigers are so cool!  The black version is Gilly's and is the single speed.  The red version is Joel's as is the three speed version.

My plan was to do the work on both at the same time and kind of compare them as I went but that idea proved to be to ambitious.  The Tigers are just to heavy and big to move around my small shop and just to heavy to keep moving in and out of the stand.  Even the bare frame is to heavy to move in and out of the stand, I don't want to damage the decals by moving the frames in and out of the stand.  the less movement the better.

The Tiger are going to get a mechanical overhaul, the chrome pieces are going to be polished.  Bearings will be packed in new grease.  The black and red paint will get a hand polish to keep a more original look.  all the rubber pieces will be deep cleaned.  And new cables for the red 3 speed Tiger.  

I really like the way the middle weight Schwinn's ride.  They ride so much better then the heavy weights.  Best of all I love the lines of the frame on these Tigers, I can't wait to see how they turn out.

I actually started by working on both and started on the headsets together, that did not go well with the size and weight and moving around so I put the headset back on the red Tiger and broke the Gilly's black Tiger down.  

Below are the two starting photos of both Tigers and then right into the black single speed Schwinn Tiger. 

   
Joel's 1962 Red Schwinn 3 Speed Tiger
Bicycle Before

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Bicycle Before

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Bicycle Before - Handlebars

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Bicycle Before - Front Rack & Headset

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Bicycle Before - Head Badge

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Bicycle Before - Front Wheel Hub

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Bicycle Before - Front Wheel Rim

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Bicycle Before - Handlebar Grip

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Bicycle Before - Head Lamp

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Bicycle Before - Coolest bell I have ever seen!

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Bicycle Before - Stem

Gilly's 1962  Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Bicycle Before - Headset

Gilly's 1962  Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Bicycle Before - Head Tube

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Bicycle Before - Fork Crown & Blade

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Bicycle Before - Front Rack

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Bicycle Before - Front Fender Tip

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Bicycle Before - Schwinn Top Tube Decal

Gilly's 1962  Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Bicycle Before - Front Fender

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Bicycle Before - Saddle

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Bicycle Before - Saddle

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Bicycle Before - Seat Binder Bolt

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Bicycle Before - Chicago Decal

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Bicycle Before - Awesome Seat Tube Decal

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Bicycle Before - Drive Train

Gilly's 1962  Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Bicycle Before - Crank

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Bicycle Before - Chain Guard

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Bicycle Before - Rear Rack

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Bicycle Before - Rear Rack

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Bicycle Before - Rear Wheel Hub

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Bicycle Before - Rear Wheel Hub

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Bicycle Before - Rear Wheel Rim

With the bike broken down I can see there are not many chips or scratches at all.  Or at least for a 50+ year old bike!  The Schwinn Tiger frame will be given a deep cleaning and a hand polishing.

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Frame Before

Gilly's 1962  Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Frame Before - Head Tube

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Frame Before - Head Tube

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Frame Before - Head Tube

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Frame Before - Schwinn Top Tube Decal

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Frame Before - Truss Joint

Gilly's 1962  Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Frame Before - Seat Area
Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Frame Before - Chicago Decal

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Frame Before - Seat Tube Decal

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Frame Before - Bottom Bracket

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Frame Before - Bottom Bracket

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Frame Before - Seat Stays

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Frame Before - Rear Bridge

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Frame Before - Chain Stays

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Frame Before - Chain Stays

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Frame Before - Drop Outs

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Frame Before - Drop Outs

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Frame Before - Fork

Gilly's 1962  Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Frame Before - Fork

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Frame Before - Fork Crown

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Frame Before - Fork Crown

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Frame Before - Fork Crown

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Frame Before - Fork Blade

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Frame Before - Fork Drop Outs

It took a lot more elbow grease then I thought but polishing the frame by hand turned out amazing.  The frame got a good cleaning and then I worked through a few polishing grits by hand.  The black took on the original luster and the decals are perfect.  I am very happy with the results!  I have a hard time photographing black paint with all the bright white in my shop so I hope the photos show how nice the black paint turned out.

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Frame Polished 

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Frame Polished - Head Tube

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Frame Polished - Head Tube

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Frame Polished - Head Tube

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Frame Polished - Truss Area

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Frame Polished - Top Tube Decal

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Frame Polished - Truss Joint

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Frame Polished - Seat Area

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Frame Polished - Seat Tube Decal

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Frame Polished - Bottom Bracket

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Frame Polished - Bottom Bracket

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Frame Polished - Bottom Bracket

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Frame Polished - Seat Area

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Frame Polished - Chain Stays

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Frame Polished - Drop Outs

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Frame Polished - Fork

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Frame Polished - Fork Blade

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Frame Polished - Fork Crown - Poor Photo

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Frame Polished - Fork Blades

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Frame Polished - Fork Drop Outs
The headsets in both Tigers felt gritty and tight to me.  Opening the black Tiger's headset I found a combination of new grease and some spots of old hard grease.  I think the headset was set to tight and then the little bits of hard grease acted like speed bumps for the bearings which gave the gritty feel. 

The headset is currently in the crock pot, next the sonic cleaner and onto the polishing wheels.

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Headset Before
The headset pieces cleaned very nice and polished even better.  Installed the headset looks great!  Nothing beats polished chrome and polished black paint!

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Head Set Polished

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Pressing Headset Cups

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Headset Cups - Pressed

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Bearings Packed

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Headset - Complete

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Headset - Complete

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Headset - Complete
The crank was rebuilt last summer so I wasn't originally going to open it up.  But looking at it and the frame behind it it would just be easier to remove it for cleaning and polishing.  The bottom bracket had the new grease and the bearings look good.  There are a few spots of hard grease that will go away and all the pieces will look great after polishing.

Bottom bracket is currently in the sonic cleaner. 

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Crank & Bottom Bracket - Before

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Bottom Bracket Pieces - Before

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Crank - Before

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Crank - Before

I actually completed the stem & handlebars before the crank but I am going to post the crank now to keep the post in somewhat order.  The crank polished really nice, the bearings cleaned up great and the crank pieces polished very nice.  The crank looks great installed!  I am very happy with it.

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Crank - Polished

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Pressing Bottom bracket Cups

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Crank - Complete

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Crank - Complete

The handlebars and stem are probably the roughest which is really not all that rough when considering how good of shape the Tiger is.  I broke down the handlebars and stem and started the cleaning and polishing.  I had to polish the handlebars by hand to make sure I did not make the few rust spots worse.  The handlebars turned out great.  The stem polished very nice, the stem bolts polished make a world of difference.  There is just a slight bit of rust pitting on the underside of the stem.  Over all the stem and handlebars turned out great!

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Handlebars - Before

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Head Lamp - Before

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Head Lamp - Before

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Stem - Before

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Head Lamp Bracket - Before

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Handlebar Grips - Before

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Stem & Handlebars - Before

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Handlebars - Before

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Stem - Before

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Stem - Before

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Stem - Exploded

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Stem & Handlebars - Polished

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Handlebars - Polished

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Stem - Polished

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Stem - Complete

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Stem - Complete

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Stem & Handlebars - Complete

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Stem & Handlebar - Installed

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Stem - Installed

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Stem & Handlebars - Installed

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Stem & Handlebars - Complete

The seat post and seat collar is in good condition.  A little cleaning and some polishing and they look great.  The seat will get a little cleaning later on.

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Seat Post & Saddle - Before

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Seat Collar - Before 

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Seat Post & Collar - Polished

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Seat Post & Collar - Complete

Small hardware on a bike can make or break a restoration or preservation.  Below is all the hardware for the chain guard, fenders and coaster brake.  You really don't notice them now, when everything else is cleaned and hand polished or polished they stick out like sore thumbs and bring everything down a few levels.  The hardware polished beautifully!

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Chain Guard & Fender Hardware - Before

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Coaster Brake Bracket - Before

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Hardware & Bracket - Polished

The chain guard is in good shape to start with.  There are a few scratches that hit the Tiger decal but not bad.  Overall the decals are in amazing shape.  I cleaned the chain guard and then hand polished the paint.  The chain guard looks great!  The chain guard hardware brings it all together!  I am very happy with the results!

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Chain Guard - Before

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Chain Guard - Before

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Chain Guard - Before

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Chain Guard - Before

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Chain Guard - Polished

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Chain Guard - Polished

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Chain Guard - Polished

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Chain Guard - Polished

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Chain Guard - Complete

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Chain Guard - Hardware

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Chain Guard - Hardware

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Chain Guard - Complete
The front fender was next on the list.  We talked about maybe painting the fender struts.  After thinking and looking over the struts I thought I came up with a way to get the original struts looking new again  The struts came out great!  They are not perfect, just a few small spots, but overall they turned out great!! Very happy!

There is a little chip and slight bend in the top front edge of the fender.  I was able to work out the bend or dent no problem.  My first attempt at touch up paint was horrible so I cleaned that off and its just they way it was for now.

The fender polished very nice my hand.  It looks great and is keeping the old look a little.  Installed the fender looks great!  I love this stuff!

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Front Fender - Before

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Front Fender - Before - Rear

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Front Fender - Before - Struts

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Front Fender - Before

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Front Fender - Before

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Front Fender - Before - Front
Backwards in photos but I could not get the fender to balance.

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Front Fender - Before - Struts

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Front Fender - Complete

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Front Fender - Complete - Bend Fixed - No Touch Up Paint

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Front Fender - Complete - Struts

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Front Fender - Complete

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Front Fender - Complete

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Front Fender - Installed

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Front Fender - Installed - Chip

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Front Fender - Installed - Struts

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Front Fender - Installed - Struts

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Front Fender - Installed

The rear fender was almost the same as the front.  The rear fender struts turned out great!  The paint polished very nice!  Scuffs and different color paint scuffs came out of the white paint.  Installed the rear fender looks fantastic!

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Rear Fender - Before

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Rear Fender - Before

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Rear Fender - Before - Spider Egg

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Rear Fender - Before

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Rear Fender - Before

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Rear Fender - Before

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Rear Fender - Before

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Rear Fender - Complete

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Rear Fender - Complete

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Rear Fender - Complete

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Rear Fender - Complete - Struts

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Rear Fender - Complete

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Rear Fender - Installed

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Rear Fender - Installed

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Rear Fender - Installed

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Rear Fender - Installed

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Rear Fender - Installed - Hardware

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Rear Fender - Installed

The rear wheel is next.  The rear coaster brake was not working its best, there was a little dried grease on the brake shoes and braking surface.  It looks like the rear hub had a minor rebuild not long ago.  It was a combination of old dirt and grease and new grease.  There also was way way to much grease in the braking area.  You need some grease in this area but this coaster brake was packed like it is 1978 and its going down Repack in California.  This coaster brake isn't mountain biking.  

I broke the rear hub down and started the cleaning of the pieces.  Some pieces got a good cleaning, a few of the silver pieces got polished.  The Bendix brake arm was not polished, there is a few rough spots but the way the piece is made if I polished it it would look horrible.  I made it look the best I could.  

The wheel hub polished very nice and the rim polished amazing.  The chrome looks almost new!

I packed the bearings in new grease, greased all the other areas appropriately and assembled the hub.  The wheel looks amazing installed!  THe wheel hub looks almost new and the rim looks even better!  I really love this stuff!!

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Rear Wheel - Before

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Rear Wheel Hub - Before

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Rear Wheel Hub - Before - Bendex Arm

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Rear Wheel Hub - Before

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Rear Wheel Rim - Before

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Hub Pieces - Before

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Drive Side Pieces - Before

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Drive Side Pieces - Before

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
None Drive Side Pieces - Before

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Rear Wheel Hub - Old Grease

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Rear Wheel Hub - Polished

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Rear Wheel Rim - Polished

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Hub Pieces - Ready

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Bearings Packed

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Rear Wheel - Complete

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Rear Wheel Rim - Complete

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Rear Wheel Complete

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Rear Wheel - Complete

I broke down the front wheel hub, the front wheel hub had to have been rebuilt not long ago at all.  I cleaned all the pieces and polished a few of them.  I also cleaned and polished the hub and rim.  The hub and rim polished beautifully.  New grease and the wheel spins super fast and smooth.

I soaked the spoke nipples for a week or so before starting work.  The spoke nipples really cleaned up and polished nice.  They look like new.  I soak the spoke nipples as long as I can before starting work to make sure they are all free to spin.  I also cleaned and treat all the spokes on both  the front and rear wheel.  They are galvanized spokes so they start to galvanize pretty quick but since they where cleaned and treated they galvanize very even a look great.  I am very happy with the results of the wheels!

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Front Wheel - Before

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Front Wheel Hub - Before

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Front Wheel Rim - Before

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Front Wheel Hub - Old Grease

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Front Wheel Hub - Polished

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Front Wheel Rim - Polished - Beautiful!!

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Axle Pieces Ready

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Bearings Packed

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Front Wheel - Complete

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Front Wheel Rim - Complete

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Front Wheel - Complete

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Wheels - Complete

The handlebar grips are is pretty good starting condition.  They are dirty and a little yellow but not to bad.  I cleaned the handlebars grips and treated them a bit.  The grips look fantastic!  They are very clean and some of the yellow wiped away.  Now the color of the grips looks just right for the age!  I love this stuff!

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Handlebars Grips - Before

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Handlebar Grips - Cleaned

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Handlebars Grips - Complete

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Handlebar Grips - Complete - I love this photo!
I don't know if I forgot to take a photo of the seat collar before and after or I lost them.  Either way the seat collar turned out good, it had a good deal of rust so its not perfect but very good.  Seat installed looks great!

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Seat Installed

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Seat Installed

I like the front rack, I have always liked the lines on these Schwinn front racks, I know I am in the minority on that opinion but I like what I like.  The front rack is in good condition.  There is a little surface rust at the joints and in the spring.  I cleaned the rack and hand polished it.  The surface rust went away and the joints look great.  I need to polish on the polishing wheel the connector piece to the headset so for now I only installed the rack to the fork. 

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Front Rack - Before

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Front Rack Before - Headset Connector

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Front Rack Before - Some Surface Rust

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Front Rack Before

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Front Rack - Before

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Front Rack - Polished

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Front Rack - Polished

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Front Rack - Polished

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Front Rack - Half Installed

I think the chain has soaked enough at this point so I installed the chain.  Looks like a ridable bike now!  Only the pedals to go to take it a for a test spin!

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Chain - Installed
The rear rack had the same little surface rust as the front rack in the joints.  It is almost done polishing.  I will install the rear rack, finish the pedals, polish the head lamp and bell and the first Tiger will be complete!

The rear rack turned out great!  The little bit of surface rust is gone.  The rear reflectors had a lot of dirt and yellowing.  I was not able to remove the yellow but they did clean up great!  Sometimes I can get the yellow do go away but these where just to delicate and after a little bit of trying I did not want to damage them.  Both racks installed the Tiger looks incredible!


Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Rear Rack - Before

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Rear Rack - Before

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Rear Rack - Before

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Rear Rack - Before

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Rear Rack - Before - Reflectors

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Rear Rack - Polished

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Rear Rack - Polished

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Rear Rack - Polished

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Rear Rack - Polished
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Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Rear Rack - Installed

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Racks Complete!
 The pedals are in rough shape but actually really good shape for a bicycle this old.  Pedals take such a beating.  I flushed and lubricated the pedals, gave the rubber blocks a good deep cleaning and polished the chrome the best it would.  I also tightened the rubber blocks so the don't twist while applying force.  I wish the pedals would have come out just a slight bit better but overall they are not bad at all!
Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Pedals - Before

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Pedals - Before

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Pedals - Polished

One last this to do to the front rack was installing the headset bracket.

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Headset Front Rack Bracket - Complete

The head lamp took a little time but it sure was worth it.  The lamp cleaned up very well and then polished amazingly!  The brackets and bolts cleaned and polished make all the difference.  Installed the light look perfect!

The head lamp is missing the protective lens.  If anyone has one that they are willing to give up contact me and I will send it the info forward to Joel and Gilly.

I also installed the head lamp after I brought the bike up from the basement shop.  It is a heavy bike and I did not want to bring it back down to just install the head lamp.

I also cleaned and polished the bell at this time.  The bell polished great and the mounting bracket looks brand new.  This is an awesome bell, as you press the lever the whole bell spins! So cool!

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Head Lamp - Before

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Head Lamp - Before

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Head Lamp - Bracket - Before

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Head Lamp - Before

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Head Lamp - Before

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Head Lamp - Before

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Head Lamp - Polished

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Head Lamp - Complete

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Bell Polished

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Head Lamp - Installed

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Head Lamp - Bracket Installed

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Head Lamp - Installed

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Head Lamp - Installed

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Bell Complete
Today the weather is beautiful! 34 degrees and sunny!  I feel spring coming!! (In a few months.........)

With the nice weather I took the Tiger for a ride.  Wow!!!  It rides great! So smooth!  The only thing that was annoying me a bit was the front rack rat trap was vibrating.  I got to see what I can do about that, hopefully it can be fixed.

Best part was the coaster brake worked so well!!  Really easy to skid the tire if needed.  It will feel a lot better on down hills for a lot more confidence it will stop.

While I had the Tiger out I took some photos in the sun.  I love black paint and chrome! So classic!  It reminds me of and old 60's Lincoln Continental!  (Maybe there is a away to put rear suicide doors on the Tiger.....never mind...)  For me personally the only way to make it better would be very subtle red pinstripe.

I love this stuff!!

One thing I want to try yet is to take another attempt at the chip on the front of the front fender in the white paint.

I also with this snow would go away because I am not good at taking photos with all the bright white around.

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Bicycle Complete

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Bicycle Complete

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Bicycle Complete - My Beagle helping again.

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Bicycle Complete - Head Lamp

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Bicycle Complete - Stem & Handlebars

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Bicycle Complete - Front Rack

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Bicycle Complete - Front

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Bicycle Complete - Front Wheel Hub

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Bicycle Complete - Front Wheel Rim

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Bicycle Complete - Stem

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Bicycle Complete - Handlebars

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Bicycle Complete - Head Tube

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Bicycle Complete - Front Half

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Bicycle Complete - Saddle

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Bicycle Complete - Seat Tube

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Bicycle Complete - Chicago Decal

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Bicycle Complete - Down Tube Decal

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Bicycle Complete - Drive Train

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Bicycle Complete - Chain Guard Decals

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Bicycle Complete - Crank

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Bicycle Complete - Rear Rack

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Bicycle Complete - Rear Wheel Hub

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Bicycle Complete - Rear Wheel Rim

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Bicycle Complete
Check back soon for the beginning of the 3 speed Tiger!

With the nicer weather I was able to get more photos of Gilly's Tiger outside.  I love that deep shine to the black paint!

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Bicycle Complete

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Bicycle Complete

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Bicycle Complete - Handlebars

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Bicycle Complete - Head Badge

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Bicycle Complete - Front Wheel Hub

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Bicycle Complete - Front Wheel Rim

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Bicycle Complete - Stem

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Bicycle Complete - Cool Bell!

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Bicycle Complete - Headlamp

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Bicycle Complete - Headlamp Bracket

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Bicycle Complete - Handlebars

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Bicycle Complete - Front Half

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Bicycle Complete - Top Tube

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Bicycle Complete - Saddle

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Bicycle Complete - Chicago Decal

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Bicycle Complete - Seat Tube Decal

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Bicycle Complete - Drive Train

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Bicycle Complete - Chain Guard

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Bicycle Complete - Crank

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Bicycle Complete - Seat Binder

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Bicycle Complete - Rear Wheel Hub

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Bicycle Complete - Rear Wheel Rim

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Bicycle Complete - Rear Rack

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Bicycle Complete

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Bicycle Complete

Click here for Joel's 3 Speed Tiger Post!

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
3 Speed Tiger Complete

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Tigers Together!

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Tigers Together!

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Tigers Together!

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Tigers Together!

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Tigers Together!

Gilly's 1962 Black Schwinn Tiger Preservation
Tigers Together! My old cat helping!
Thank you for all the interest!

2 comments:

  1. So far, so good John! Gilly's black Tiger looks great! Can wait to cruise the city streets of Chicago on these bikes this coming season.

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  2. Wow, your work is amazing! That's a pair of really beautiful bikes, great "before" shape for their age, the black is just a gorgeous ride "after" and ready for decades of fun an beauty.

    I sure wish you were in New York City. It's impossible to get work like this done around here for any price, let alone the low prices you charge.

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