1953 Schwinn Hornet Revisited

Discussion in 'Photos & Bicycle Builds' started by bobcaller, Jul 21, 2014.

  1. bobcaller

    bobcaller New Member

    It has been a few years since I have posted here. Some of you may remember my 1953 Schwinn Hornet, this is a pic of it last time I posted:

    I always thought how cool it would be if I could find an in frame tank (that would actually hold gas) similar to the fake tank on the original bike like this:

    Then I found Sportsman Flyer Motorbikes, and he makes a gas tank specifically for Hornet/Panther straightbars. I ordered one and installed it:
    Although really cool, something was missing. I decided to paint the real gas tank similar to the fake gas tank on the original bike (the original tank was missing on my bike when I bought it for $25 years ago). I ordered the stenciling kit on ebay, found satin paint in almost the exact color (satin to match the faded patina on the original paint). and went to work:

    Needed pinstripes:

    How about a fake "horn button" to replicate the real horn button on the original (made from sanding down an axle nut):
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    And, the final look with the tank installed. What a difference! The petcock is not installed yet, waiting for the paint to fully cure:

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  2. justin.fiveash

    justin.fiveash New Member

    That's a beautiful bike. Great job on the paint and that button!
  3. bobcaller

    bobcaller New Member

    Thanks, the bike has always drawn attention, but now it commands it!
  4. Leroybrown420

    Leroybrown420 Member

    Nice job, Looks great. I wanna call it the little red whaler.