Posts Tagged ‘Sting-ray’

Pedal Crank and Parts Cleanup

Posted: April 27, 2014 in Other Projects
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Last week I began a project restoring a 1967 Schwinn Sting-ray Slik Chik. It may seem beneath my manhood to give this kind of attention to a girl’s bike but my original plan was to part it out for quick cash. But once I saw the bike I knew I had to bring it back to life.

Nathan and I have been devoting an hour here and there to dismantling the bike. Tonight I got an hour or so in the garage after everyone was in bed and finished taking apart the pedal crank assembly.

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After I get the chain apart the disassembly will be finished. Until I buy the tool necessary for this I am beginning to clean and polish the parts as they come off. The rear fender was pretty pitted with rust but with some work and some chrome polish it is coming along nicely.

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I got through about a third of the rear fender and will hopefully get to finish the rest sometime this week. I also worked on cleaning up the sprocket.

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I decided to wrap tonight’s work up and go to bed after disassembling the crank and labeling the parts and after beginning the work on restoring the fenders and the sprocket.

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Dismantling the Sting-ray

Posted: April 25, 2014 in Other Projects
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We didn’t waste any time jumping into this project. The first step was to dismantle the whole bike. Even though the bike is not complicated we decided to bag and tag the parts as we went.

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We put each section of parts into separate bags after taking labeled pictures.

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I am not sure this is best method but hopefully we won’t lose track of any parts. At the end of the day the Sting-ray was reduced to a pile of parts.

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We still have to get the chain off and dismantle the peddle crank.

A Different Kind of Project

Posted: April 23, 2014 in Other Projects
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I like to surf the internet and look at things like old cars and motorcycles just for fun. Often my kids will look over my shoulder and ask, “Are you going to buy that car?!” My response is always, “No. I am just looking.” I think my attraction to this seemingly mindless activity is what I learn. Something will usually catch my eye and I will research it as if I was going to buy it, though it never happens. Well…almost never.

While scanning through a local online auction, I came across an old bike that I just knew I had to rescue. Funny thing is, I have heard people say that before on some of those reality shows where people buy old antiques or American memorabilia but I never understood it until now.

Something about this bike was calling out to me. Maybe it was the lure of finding a treasure that was somehow lost or overlooked. Maybe it was a connection to my childhood that just felt familiar.

I did some research and bought the bike with the intent of parting it out and making a profit (though a small one) from all of the pieces that could be salvaged and had value. But after winning the auction and picking the bike up two days later, I knew I wanted to take a shot at restoring it even though I have never done anything like it before.

1967 Schwinn Sting-ray Slik Chik

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