AGE / VALUE:   Green Phantom Cruiser Deluxe posted by: Paul on 4/11/2008 at 12:02:11 AM
I recently procured what appears to be a mint Schwinn Cruiser Deluxe, or possibly Green Phantom.. The S/N is TY96073847. Are there any S/N decoders available on the web?

I am looking for appraisal resources. Not for resale but for common sense purposes. I bought the bike for a daily cruiser rider thinking it was a mid nineties reproduction but upon closer inspection I think it may have been made in 1976. For example the steering tube badge has 1976 stamped into it and all of the steel is much thicker & heavier gauge than my 1997 Schwinn Super Cruiser reproduction with 7 speed shimano. All of the accesories are made of steel. It has the Phantom Tanks, Lamps & reflectors, unlike my Super Cruiser Repro. The spokes are much thicker than the 97. It only has one speed. The tires are made in the USA Schwinn Classics & still have the molding rubber spikes protruding. The protective plastic "cellophane covering is still protecting all of the painted surfaces on the tank. The bicycle is stunningly preserved & outright beautiful! I'd love to ride it but am scared to.

I found it in a pawn shop located in a small rural Montana community called Harlowton. The store owner only knew that a Local car dealer had riden it in 4th of July parades. 1976. Also it has a Global decal on the lower cantiliver tube that says "Schwinn Quality" on the perimeter & "The Second Century" on the Center of the globe.

I'm concerned about riding it if it is too valuable.

Any info you could share would be greatly appreciated.

Paul S. Gies

AGE / VALUE:   What model? posted by: James Jantzen on 4/10/2008 at 5:41:29 PM
I have a Hawthrone bike that someone thought it was 1958 Space Rocket. I was not able to find a model number, but there was a number 36-13 on the rear hub. This bike has 2 lights, one on each side of the tank. I have done a Google search, but have not located any information or pic. I did not take the tank assembly apart so I'm not sure if there any model # in there.
Any help would appreciated!!!!!!!!!!!!!

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   What model? posted by ken on 4/14/2008 at 12:19:22 PM
Hawthorne was the Wards house brand, no? I'd look at pictures of the major builders of that era, try to find a match.

BALLOON:   Morrow Hub posted by: Tomas on 4/9/2008 at 11:03:59 AM
I am working (over the phone) with a guy who has a 1954 Schwinn with a springer fork. Serial # M816552. He told me that it says "Morrow" on the brake arm on the rear hub. Is this historically accurate hub or put on later than origianl? All of the Schwinns that I have trestored have been New Departure or Bendix. THis is a new one on me ANybody???

AGE / VALUE:   corsair cruiser? posted by: ben on 4/7/2008 at 9:51:27 AM
picked up bsa and western flyer 3 speeds and a "corsair" single speed cruiser this weekend. can't find anything anywhere on the corsair. 26 inch wheels, giant fenders, a huge chainguard (not full case), lightset, big rack, motorcycle style kickstand that hooks to the rear fender and a single speed hub with coaster brake. can anyone tell me anything about the corsair? it looks really old.


AGE / VALUE:   firestone 500 posted by: Claudia on 4/6/2008 at 7:27:11 PM
I have a Friestone 500 with a serial number W118959 does anyone know what year it might be? There was only one small decal on the front it is a small F in script. It is a great bike and I am in the process of restoring it. any help would be appreciated. thank you :)

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   firestone 500 posted by ken on 4/10/2008 at 10:51:54 AM
This is kind of a classic FAQ. Your bike was likely made by one of the big companies for Firestone to 'rebadge' and sell. Murray, Schwinn, Huffy,--some resellers bought bikes from more than one. You may need to get a fair idea of its age and narrow down where it may have come from before the serial number will be any help. You'll find that this site has most of the reliable serial number info posted, and that there isn't any cross-reference to determine maker from serial number (although some serial number formats start to look familiar).
If you can't post pictures, you can email (reasonably sized) ones to me.
So, to ID and date your bike you can look at pictures until you find one that has the same frame, chainwheel, stem and appointments as yours- and it might be a different brand, from the same maker. Or, you can post good clear pictures, from a number of angles, and let the old guys take a guess, which will probably get you in the ball park a lot quicker.