Schwinn Phantom Panther B-6 Whizzer Columbia
5 star Monark Henderson JC Higgins - Whatever Classic Bicycle you may have
- Our Restoration Guide can help you !
Tips on how to Evaluate Classic
If you have an incomplete bike,
you will want to find replacement parts before your begin your restoration
for the following reasons:
|The first topic covered in the Video is inspecting your Classic Bicycle.
Prior to purchase is the best time (if you are buying). First, you want
to identify any missing parts or emblems. You'll want to carefully review
photographs of similar bikes for inconsistencys (wrong chainguard? carrier?
proper sprocket? missing headlamp?- what type etc.) These topics and more
are covered in detail.
It will take some time to find
the parts you need.
You will avoid having a half-done
bike lying about the garage until you find the part you need.
It will allow you to prepare
all the parts for stripping and painting at one time.
|Now,look for signs of rust,
or signs of paint (whatever your case) . As seen on the Video, a careful
inspection saves you money in the long run.The non painted parts whould
have been plated either chrome or nickle (in some cases) and hopefully
these parts should be in fair shape. If those parts will look correct (in
your opinion) in regards to that brand-new WOW look at me paint job, then
you won't have to replace, repair or replate those parts. But
if those parts look like they have been laying in the Titanic's Hull for
the past 70 years, then you'll either have to replace them with better
parts or have them re-plated. If, upon your inspection, the plated parts
are severely pitted, or damaged to the point of inoperability, you'll want
to add them to your List Of Parts to Get, and search for better parts,
or Reproduction parts. If this is your first restoration project, You may
wish to keep a small notepad to record your findings and needs. More information
on PLATING and REPRODUCTION parts is available in the DISSASEMBLY SECTION
of the Video.