Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Mystery Person" (For the moment) Schwinn Varsity Restoration

This is, for a little while "Mystery Persons" Schwinn Varsity.  I have been having a little problem exact dating the year of the Varsity but I will find that out.  It is for "Mystery Person" because it a is a birthday surprise for the person.  From what I have been told the person really loved there bike and went a long way with them from the college bicycle stickers from the early 1970's.  Everyone knows I like a bike with a history!

The Varsity is very rough however and will take time and a good amount of replacement parts.  Good thing is I have some already on hand.  The spokes are to far gone to be safe at all so those will have to be replaced or maybe just replacement wheels.  I have been keeping my eye out for replacement wheels at swap meets this spring but nothing has come close yet.   The crank will also have to be replace.  I have  a couple year newer then this one on hand, it has the chain guard built in and looks a little different.  I have also been keeping an eye out for a crank.

The Varsity is going to need new paint.  I think this green is faded and the original green was a little darker.  I think I can match color pretty well from catalogs and photos. Decals are not a problem to find.

All new cables, cable housings, bearings and brake pads will be installed along with new tires and tubes.  

Now to the major issue.  The stem is frozen dead in place.  Rusted tight as I have ever seen.  I cut the stem off and have been drilling it out very slowly and carefully with a jig I built on my drill press.  But it is extremely slow because my big drill bits where very expensive and I don't want to ruin them. I am a little worried what condition the fork tube will be in after years of rust, if its good great.  If its bad I can easily find a replacement fork.  I will get it though in the end.  

I am going to add more as I get a little farther through with getting the stem out.  For now my goal is to use as much of the original parts as I can even if that means splitting parts between the original derailleur and a replacement.  Original is good!

Mystery Schwinn Varsity Restoration - Bicycle Before

Mystery Schwinn Varsity Restoration - Bicycle Before
Handlebars & Brake Lever

Mystery Schwinn Varsity Restoration - Bicycle Before
Stem & Handlebars

Mystery Schwinn Varsity Restoration - Bicycle Before
Stem

Mystery Schwinn Varsity Restoration - Bicycle Before
Stem

Mystery Schwinn Varsity Restoration - Bicycle Before
Head Tube

Mystery Schwinn Varsity Restoration - Bicycle Before
Front Brake

Mystery Schwinn Varsity Restoration - Bicycle Before
Front Wheel Hub

Mystery Schwinn Varsity Restoration - Bicycle Before
Front Wheel Hub

Mystery Schwinn Varsity Restoration - Bicycle Before
Front Wheel Rim

Mystery Schwinn Varsity Restoration - Bicycle Before
Shift Levers

Mystery Schwinn Varsity Restoration - Bicycle Before
Down Tube

Mystery Schwinn Varsity Restoration - Bicycle Before
College Sticker

Mystery Schwinn Varsity Restoration - Bicycle Before
Seat Area

Mystery Schwinn Varsity Restoration - Bicycle Before
Crank

Mystery Schwinn Varsity Restoration - Bicycle Before
Front Derailleur

Mystery Schwinn Varsity Restoration - Bicycle Before
Front Derailleur

Mystery Schwinn Varsity Restoration - Bicycle Before
Rear Brake

Mystery Schwinn Varsity Restoration - Bicycle Before
Rear Brake

Mystery Schwinn Varsity Restoration - Bicycle Before
Rear Derailleur

Mystery Schwinn Varsity Restoration - Bicycle Before
Rear Wheel Hub
More to come shortly.

Thank you
John

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