1979 Schwinn Phantom
Red, White and Schwinn
First a BIG HIGH FIVE and COMPLETE AWESOMENESS to Red-D Bikes (www.red-dbikes.com) for this fantastic powder coat and vision on this restoration project.
This '79 Schwinn Phantom I picked up as a part of 3 BMX-er barn find deal from the original owner including a DB Formula 1 and GT Zoot Scoot. All three were in bad, bad, rusted condition and I could not help to save them from further decay, call my own and restore. I'd like to say I got these on the cheap, but I really didn't. I probably overpaid considering the condition, but in the long run, I'm pretty sure I'll end up in the positive.
Perhaps worst of all was the Schwinn which spent two weeks at the bike shop soaking in special sauce to break the stem, seat post and crank set free. Afterwards, I spent another two weeks ridding the rust away. Once cleaned, I knew exactly how I wanted this bad boy restored and turned it over my buds at Red-D. All I said is "do it up red, white and blue," and this is how the powder coat came back to me.
As for the parts: Frame, Forks (Ashtabula), Stem, Schwinn stamped headset, seat clamp, seat post and Schwinn stamped pedals are original to the bike. The cranks are era correct Sugino as is the Wald chainwheel. The rims, stamped hubs, stamped coaster brake and stamped sprocket are era correct Suntour. Tires are old school Cheng Shin, seat is a vintage and era correct Persons and the grips new school RL. Last but not least, this ride is getting a white chain.
I had originally just posted the freshly powder coated frame set and couldn't help but to get it pictured and posted, but now is the finished product.
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