My 1st build a '57 Schwinn Corvette

Discussion in 'Photos & Bicycle Builds' started by Hawk, May 10, 2009.

  1. Hawk

    Hawk Member

    My 1st build a '57 Schwinn Corvette!

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  2. bluegoatwoods

    bluegoatwoods Well-Known Member

    Nice job! A good looking machine. Looks like a comfortable ride, too.
  3. kitcarguy

    kitcarguy Member

    very nice looking ride
  4. motoschwinn

    motoschwinn Guest

    WOW nice clean build!
  5. that's pretty.
  6. motoronbike

    motoronbike New Member

    I like your bike i would very happy if mine turned out as good!
  7. bikebum1975

    bikebum1975 Member

    That my friend is a pure masterpiece very nicely done
  8. Wiew good lookin bike.

    Looks nice. Where'd ya find that light at?

    I was thinking about using a bar end for a mount kinda like that. The 68 Chicago with drum and 10 ga spokes is jealous.
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  9. fullysic green machine
  10. Waterfowl

    Waterfowl MBc-Sponsor

    Thats as nice of a bike as I've seen.
  11. Hawk

    Hawk Member

    Thank you for the kind words. The light is just a simple "old school" from a bike shop, comes with that bracket however it is a bluish LED so it is really bright, or at least brighter than most regular blubs. I think it is Electra Brand $29.95.
    I wish I had drum brakes like you! And a bigger tank like yours. I do have trouble with the narrow Schwinn crank and pedals touching the engine side's hard the get it just right so the chain lines up and neither crank scrapes the side covers. I have a homemade front mount but it may allow the engine to sit too low, I like your job .....
    Thanks Again
    Jim (Hawk)
  12. Planopearl

    Planopearl New Member

    What a beauty! What is that you have wrapped around the exhaust pipe?
  13. Hawk

    Hawk Member

    Thank you and the others for the nice comments. The exhaust wrap just lowers the radiant temperature alot. I live in the desert. Motorcycles use it and Rat Rods for "the look" as well as function. Actually, we cut the pipe and re-welded it and it looked ugly so...... I wish someone would create a nice exhaust that goes to the rear and is styled for a cruiser. The expansion chamber exhaust is nice and functional but looks more like a dirt bike. Here''s a sample site that that kinda explains the wrap.

    Thanks again
    Jim (Hawk)
  14. Hawaii_Ed

    Hawaii_Ed Member

    Gorgeous bike! I had a green schwinn when I was a kid, I hated it :) My dad got it used, and I wanted something fast and light. I would love to have it today!
  15. s_beaudry

    s_beaudry Member

    Cherry ride you have there...
  16. kraash

    kraash Member

    looks good man, wish i could paint like that
  17. BAM

    BAM Member

    very nice bike does the swhinn corvette come with those front forks the reason i ask i have and old swhinn frame that was my first chioce but havent been able to find front forks the tube on my frame is like 6inchs long from cub to cup still looking though awsome mb i be scared to to get to dirty not good luck with it
  18. Hawk

    Hawk Member

    Thank you, the springer is just an aftermarket. I bought at my local bike shop for $50. The guy had to saw it off because the Schwinn neck was alittle shorter...but he used like a tap-n-die so after cutting it he backed off the die and cleaned the treads. Also, he need to mill it down alittle so the stock race would go on. But he didn't charge me. It was easy if you have the tools. I have even seen the springers at the swap meet for $35. I am sure they are no doubt less quality than real Schwwinn but ok for me. Here is one on eBay but more $$!|39:1|72:1205|240:1318|301:1|293:1|294:50
    The Corvette came with a regular is my stock one I had as a kid and restored (sorry no motor!!)


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  19. buzbikebklyn1

    buzbikebklyn1 New Member

    Schwins are W.F.C.!

    Gotta love an old cantilever Schwin build, killer lime green paint and lotsa chrome...SWEET!
  20. buzbikebklyn1

    buzbikebklyn1 New Member


    Sorry for the double post guys, my coffee ain't kicked in yet...
    Just a warning about Schwinns of this model...
    The welds at the top tube and the main down tube were they meet the head tube are notoriously weak...
    I've seen them fail more than once, especially with heavier riders.