1959 schwinn tornado

Discussion in 'Antique Motorized Bicycles' started by crazeehorse, Jul 1, 2008.

  1. crazeehorse

    crazeehorse Member

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  2. KilroyCD

    KilroyCD Active Member

    Very nice straight-bar Schwinn! I like it, a very clean installation job. Is that a K&N air filter? Tell us a bit more about that trailer if you will. I'm thinking about making one for my Whizzer.
    -Kilroy
     
  3. crazeehorse

    crazeehorse Member

    made from the axles & wheels of a harbor freight wood cart, 3/4" emt conduit, & 1/2" plywood. 2 old parts container from my former bussiness. i haul about 60-100 lbs with no problems. this was my guide site. the air filter was 16.00, at tractor supply store, it is for a 70 cc bmx , or mini bike.
    http://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-bicycle-trailer/
     
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  4. crazeehorse

    crazeehorse Member

  5. 59Tornado

    59Tornado New Member

    Funny that you have a '59, I have one too. Is yours a Deluxe?
     
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  6. crazeehorse

    crazeehorse Member

    i'm not sure, my grandfather bought it used, when i was a kid, i'm 45 now. the bike was so rusty when i pulled it out of the barn, i could hardly see any markings on it, i found the numbers on the rear drop out, & looked it up on schwinn's restoration forum to find out what year it was made. i don't know what makes a deluxe different .if you have a pic of your tornado, please post it, i like to look at old schwinns.
     
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  7. 59Tornado

    59Tornado New Member

    Heres my Tornado, everything is original except for the chain, and pedals since the original's shafts were crooked. I am missing th tank, which yours has. I heard from Memory Lane Classics that it is a really rare part, I hope to find one someday.
     

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  8. crazeehorse

    crazeehorse Member

    ok, i see the difference, the deluxe has springer forks, rear rack better seat, & wheels.so to answer, mine in not a deluxe.yours is in much better shape than mine. mine does'nt have a tank either, you must be looking at my ht engine tank. also the wheels were shot on mine, how did you run across such a neat old bike? this is the model i have, i wish mine was in such good shape. you have a great old schwinn there.


    http://www.motoredbikes.com/album.php?albumid=139&pictureid=845
     
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  9. 59Tornado

    59Tornado New Member

    Oh, yours doesn't have a tank.... I must've imagined it. I got the bike from a friend of a friend who was selling it. I'm thinking of putting in an engine, what do you recommend, it has to be a 49cc, so I don't need a license.
     
  10. crazeehorse

    crazeehorse Member

    it depends , i think if i had a bike that old in that good shape, if i could afford the cost, i would go with one of the good rack mounts, with a belt drive.you need a front brake, which requires a bit of welding to install on your bike. if you do go with a frame mount, i would suggest a mount along the lines of this one (first picture).
    http://zbox.com.au/innovations.htm
    as to not damage the frame.
    your left pedal crank arm will most likely hit the side of the happy time engine, but check for sure by checking the distance from the center your seat post tube, to the inside edge of you pedal crank arms, you need 3-5/8 inches to clear the sides of the engine, the left will be the one, if you have that problem. to be honest, i would park that bike, & invest in a newer steel frame bike, with front & rear hand brakes, not coaster type, (you have to enlarge the sprocket hole to clear the coaster brake arm.) & save that bike , you don't find em every day. if you could just keep that bike like it is , till you are old, you would be happier. check your local laws regarding motorized bicycles for lots of states are different
     
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  11. 59Tornado

    59Tornado New Member

    I was thinking about buying a old Schwinn cruiser frame, nothing special, building it up and putting a motor on also. With that, not doing anything to my bike that would bite me in the a$$ later.

    Im thinking of something that looks like a Derringer maybe, or just racer-ish i guess, Im really open to anything.
     
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  13. crazeehorse

    crazeehorse Member

    you mean a 59? i don't think they were made in 49, well i still like it, it looks like you could get a motor on it if you choose to, but it looks great like it is. are those the original wheels?
     
  14. yeah 59, slip of the fingers

    and yes the whole bike of OG. except for the tires. but they are schwinn :)
     
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