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Posted 3 years ago

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toolate2
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Bought this bike around 15 yrs ago. It was covered in house paint. Over the following years I restored it to it's former glory...Well, almost...I still need to get the horn tank re-chromed.

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  1. ttomtucker ttomtucker, 3 years ago
    Nice restoral on the black phantom, that's a keeper.
  2. toolate2 toolate2, 3 years ago
    Thought I'd bring this to the top again as an act of shameless self promotion...
  3. Vestaswind Vestaswind, 3 years ago
    As much as those things are worth I would be afraid to ride it!
  4. toolate2 toolate2, 3 years ago
    You know what? It's the nicest riding bicycle I've ever been on. It's only drawback is that it weighs 60 or so pounds with all it's D cel batteries installed...LOL.... They aren't worth what they once were...
  5. Vestaswind Vestaswind, 3 years ago
    I had a hand me down Schwinn when I was a kid. That thing fell on me I knew it. After that we went to the sting rays. They don't make seats like those big old Schwinn's anymore
  6. Pop_abides Pop_abides, 3 years ago
    What a great example for anyone wanting to restore one ! And they were not called seats but saddles !
  7. toolate2 toolate2, 3 years ago
    Thanks for all the wonderful comments! We love the old bike. Every time I think about selling it my family protests so loudly you'd think I was talking about getting rid of the dog.
  8. Toyman Toyman, 3 years ago
    I want to take this one for a ride its great I have a bike collection.Nice to see you like my toys too thanks
  9. toolate2 toolate2, 3 years ago
    You're welcome to ride it anytime!
  10. Toyman Toyman, 3 years ago
    Don't tease me ?
  11. Toyman Toyman, 3 years ago
    So when can I take this gem for a ride? I have a rollfast and some sting rays and others but .This is a keeper for sure.
  12. toolate2 toolate2, 3 years ago
    Right now it's parked on the porch...enclosed porch that is... We'll break er out soon as the weather turns nice! You should post all your bikes!!
  13. Toyman Toyman, 3 years ago
    Yes Some are in another large storage building in asheville.I have one in a window downstairs I will take pic.Im going to open the shop today.We need money.( Sisters Row will be open today)Thanks for chat toolate2
  14. chet camilleri, 3 years ago
    Just purchased a 1957 black phantom from the original owner.Trying to duplicate the one i had in 1952. Bike needs rear reflector,new decal on one tank.and a small dent in front and rear fender (small).Not that i am going to sell it but the question is. Should i make the repairs or leave alone? Value wise would it hurt it or help it.Bike has been inside,heated storage per original owner and is in great shape.S/N C0105,1957? Whats the opinion? Thanks, Chet.
  15. toolate2 toolate2, 3 years ago
    Chet, The "repairs" you're talking about are so minor they probably wouldn't effect the value either way. I would suggest doing whatever makes you feel good. New decals are always good! Above all, ride it and enjoy it!!
  16. rocker-sd rocker-sd, 3 years ago
    Cool Ride, cooler that it gets rode
  17. tterrag7991, 3 years ago
    cool bike
    Old schwinns are great
    when you get them they are all rough(my tiger is a good example) but they are all diferent
  18. jcopello, 3 years ago
    mind if i ask how much the restoration cost? did you do the work yourself or took it to someone?
  19. toolate2 toolate2, 3 years ago
    I did everything myself. I have about $600.00 tied up in the bike. Thanks for asking!
  20. toolate2 toolate2, 3 years ago
    This thing keeps floating back up. Thanks for the love guys!! I'll take more pictures and post them...
  21. Hans, 3 years ago
    Beautiful bike. I bought one in 1954 from a friend for $50.00....
    rode it 3 years. Sold it for $35.0, and bought a Harley for $50.00...
    those were the good ole' days..........


  22. metalman metalman, 3 years ago
    Beautiful , love to take her for a spin !
  23. toolate2 toolate2, 3 years ago
    Thanks metalman!
  24. youngblood youngblood, 3 years ago
    Stunning !! I have a picture of my Dad at 10yrs old in 1949 1st year on his Phantom. Awesome Bike !!!
  25. Mike , 3 years ago
    That sir is one sharp work of art the lines and all the chrome just make me drool. Schwinn hit a home run with that bike. You are lucky to have such a piece of American history.
    I have a 1962 Schwinn American with the two speed bendix hub that I have restored but your phantom is king of the road. Nice job.
  26. kevinsclassicschwinns kevinsclassicschwinns, 3 years ago
    Thanks for the comment you have done a nice job on your phantom looks great.
  27. Ilikeart Ilikeart, 3 years ago
    Now, this is a ride.Some people might walk a mile but not with this one.It's a knockout!
  28. toolate2 toolate2, 3 years ago
    Thanks guys!
  29. toolate2 toolate2, 3 years ago
    My new favorite screen name... Thanks Purpleisafruit6!!
  30. Signaholic, 3 years ago
    A true thing of beauty! You have done a great job toolate2!
  31. toolate2 toolate2, 3 years ago
    I agree. It's a classic! Thanks!!
  32. lostinthe50s, 2 years ago
    Love that Phantom! Had one for years. Front Bendix hand brake & all. Washed & waxed every week. Haven't had a comfy saddle since. Great work---take good care of her.
  33. toolate2 toolate2, 2 years ago
    This bike originally had the Schwinn "Fore Wheel Drum Brake" you're talking about but I took it off and replaced it with a period Schwinn hub. The original had asbestos brake shoes and that kind of freaked me out a bit.... Cool thing though. It worked just like an automotive drum brake. I sold it on ebay for $300.00
  34. oldie oldie, 2 years ago
    Very nice job with it. It looks great enjoy!!!
  35. toolate2 toolate2, 2 years ago
    Thanks Miss Mani...
  36. toolate2 toolate2, 2 years ago
    Thanks for the love Shughs!!
  37. vanskyock24 vanskyock24, 2 years ago
    thats a dandy
  38. toolate2 toolate2, 2 years ago
    Thanks Van!!!
  39. toolate2 toolate2, 2 years ago
    Thanks timetraveler!!!
  40. toolate2 toolate2, 2 years ago
    Thanks elayem!!!
  41. Echo_Delta Echo_Delta, 2 years ago
    Awesome bike!!!!
  42. toolate2 toolate2, 2 years ago
    Thanks Echo_Delta!!!
  43. toolate2 toolate2, 2 years ago
    Thanks spriteboy42!!
  44. toolate2 toolate2, 2 years ago
    Thank you Mr. Tucker!!!
  45. toolate2 toolate2, 2 years ago
    Thanks again Nick!
  46. toolate2 toolate2, 2 years ago
    Thanks for the love elayem0110!!
  47. Buick55 Buick55, 2 years ago
    Wondefful find!
  48. toolate2 toolate2, 2 years ago
    Thanks Buick55... and you too MMM!!!
  49. toolate2 toolate2, 1 year ago
    By the way, this makes great wallpaper! I have it on my home and work computers...
  50. artislove artislove, 1 year ago
    wow very nice job!!!!
  51. toolate2 toolate2, 1 year ago
    Thanks artislove!!
  52. toolate2 toolate2, 1 year ago
    Thank you bratt and tt for the love!!! Happy New Year Everybody!!!
  53. toolate2 toolate2, 1 year ago
    Thanks crabbykins!!!
  54. toolate2 toolate2, 1 year ago
    Thanks for the love Phil and ho2!!!
  55. bratjdd bratjdd, 1 year ago
    I want to ride your bicyle. toolate sending second LOVES, cant help it It's a beauty.
  56. toolate2 toolate2, 1 year ago
    Thanks Brat!! You can ride it anytime you like!
  57. n2bmn123 n2bmn123, 1 year ago
    that thing looks good..
  58. toolate2 toolate2, 1 year ago
    Thanks n2bmn123!!
  59. schwinphantom, 1 year ago
    On Sun, Mar 24, 2013 at 11:50 AM, Bob Thomas <rosemariethomas43@gmail.com> wrote:

    Dear toolate2 I would like to find out more about the schwin phantom bike you found covered with house paint. Are you from Ohio? My husband thinks this might be his childhood bike as his older brother (was upset and wanted it moved) so he sprayed it with house paint and he thinks it was silver paint. Please send us any information regarding the history of the bike. Email address is rosemariethomas43@gmail.com. Thank you.
  60. toolate2 toolate2, 1 year ago
    Thanks Bell! schwinnphantom, I'm not in OH and it was painted sloppy black...lol...
  61. toolate2 toolate2, 1 year ago
    Thanks ho2cultcha!!
  62. toolate2 toolate2, 1 year ago
    Thanks pops!!
  63. oldfox, 1 year ago
    I remember when that stuff was new,now it's distributed by? read it from right to left!
  64. toolate2 toolate2, 1 year ago
    Hello birdie! Thanks for loving my old bike!!!
  65. toolate2 toolate2, 1 year ago
    Thanks jimboothfinds!!!
  66. toolate2 toolate2, 1 year ago
    Thanks kygurl32!!
  67. toolate2 toolate2, 1 year ago
    Thanks walks and Antique Toys!!!!
  68. macJ macJ, 1 year ago
    I just picked up a 53 and I'm trying to find original parts, know anybody or any websites that sells them? Thanks ill post some pictures when I start the resto
  69. toolate2 toolate2, 1 year ago
    Thanks DCB and macJ!! Mac, you might try memorylaneclassics.com They have an online catalogue but you may need to call them to inquire about NOS stuff.
  70. dirrtydavve dirrtydavve, 12 months ago
    awesome
  71. toolate2 toolate2, 12 months ago
    Thanks again dirrtydavve!!!
  72. toolate2 toolate2, 10 months ago
    Thanks SEAN68!!
  73. toolate2 toolate2, 9 months ago
    Thanks charcoal for loving the old bike!!
  74. toolate2 toolate2, 7 months ago
    Thanks Signaholic!!
  75. toolate2 toolate2, 7 months ago
    Thanks geo26e!!
  76. toolate2 toolate2, 5 months ago
    Thanks sanhardin!!
  77. toolate2 toolate2, 3 months ago
    Thanks nuts and fortapache!!
  78. nutsabotas6, 3 months ago
    You're Welcome. Excellent Bike.
  79. toolate2 toolate2, 2 months ago
    Thanks agh and toolate2! Oh, wait a sec... That's me!! Nothing wrong with a little self love...lol...
  80. toolate2 toolate2, 2 months ago
    Thanks fortapache and ho2cultcha!!
  81. jjsr jjsr, 2 months ago
    Now thats when a bike was bike. GREAT JOB!
  82. Sundance Sundance, 2 months ago
    For a moment looking at your Black Phantom & the bricks on the floor.. I thought I was looking at mine. But yours is super cool original
    I used to have a '34 Schwinn Aerocycle which I thought was the "ultimate. I recently found a 1900s Iver Johnson . But ...darn ...that
    Phantom saddle has spoiled me for life. It's one of the most comfortable of all my bikes. Thanks for sharing !
  83. Buick55 Buick55, 2 months ago
    Love to see these Black Phantoms. I have one too that has also been restored and is mostly original (few replaced parts)
    Thanks for doing such a great job on your restoration and for sharing it with everyone.
  84. Buick55 Buick55, 2 months ago
    ...by the way, mine is a 1953 model
  85. toolate2 toolate2, 2 months ago
    Sundance and Buick55, Please post all your bikes! Everyone here would love to see them.... Thanks for the loves Buick55, Thadeauz, and jjsr!!
  86. toolate2 toolate2, 2 months ago
    Thanks lundy!!

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