Phantom Project Page Five

Let's make a headbadge!

Well, I don't have a red headbadge. So I figured I would make one. Out comes the red paint again. I have a badge that didn't have a home. I polished off all the old paint and overspray, then I banged out some of the bigger dents. Especially the "S" which was a little deformed. Found me a little Testor's paint brush and carefully filled in all the little spaces.

Keep Working!

Then I started filling out the fields on the sides. A steady hand helps a little here!

Which One??

Not Bad! The badge on the left is the one that originally came with the frame. The one on the right is one of the reproductions that Schwinn put out for the Phantom remake. I would use either of the black ones, but they disappear in the black of the headtube. Besides, red Phantoms came with a red badge.

The Saddle.

Okay! The saddle has been recovered. I still don't have a rivit setter, but it is in the mail. So I cheated and used a nail set / punch. Then I flattened the ends with a drift ( or a bigger punch! ) I wish I would have pulled the leather tighter in the middle, but I am satisfied with the way it turned out. Very comfortable!! The lens is still in the mail, but I think it is time to unveil this bike. All I need is a nice sunny day to photo it! Stay tuned!!

And here it is!!

The Red Phantom!

All back in one piece! What a beauty! The red grips are chubs I borrowed from a middle weight that I have. It rides like a dream! Just like a 1950 Schwinn would!!

Front View

Here is another view.

Rear View

And here is a rear view. This was a fun project! I hoped you learned something or at least have an idea of what goes into something like this. I hope you had fun following along! It was a lot of work but well worth it! Time to look in the shop and find another project to do! Get yourself one and don't be afraid to tackle it. Some things might seem hard but usually aren't. You won't know until you give it a shot! As always, if you have any questions or comments about any of this, feel free to send me an email!







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