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Offline JenniferC

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New information On the 1995 Phantom Reproduction
« on: September 21, 2022, 01:45:15 PM »
New information about the production of the 1995 Phantom reproduction has been provided to us by new member Wizbow

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Gary Thams, the original owner of Arc & Spark Welding, Inc. ( Rubidoux, Riverside, CA) was contacted by Ted in 1995. Production started in late 1995, it took Gary 8 months to finish the production ending in 1996. The tube sets were produced by Bassani exhaust, the tube sets were cut and formed then sent to Arc & Spark Welding. Arc & Spark (A&S) pre-aligned the canterlever seat stays, prealigned the chain stays, tack welded, braze welded, machined the bottom bracket shell, head tube, seat tube, then final alignment was done for each frame. After welding, all joints were ground down to take off any excess brass brazing, then went onto being machined. The bottom bracket shell and head tube were chromoly investment cast manufactured in Taiwan.

After the final alignment, the frames were then shipped to Aerocycle, which then got sent out for powder coating. After powder coating they were then sent back to Aerocycle where they did the pin stripping by hand and did the final assembly. Ted had contacted a repop manufacturer who was producing repop tanks (a few flaws) in Orange County California. Ted asked for a bulk discount but was refused, he then proceeded to have a die made in Taiwan to produce exact replicas of the original tanks.

 Ted went to Budapest to produce the rims with the original Schwinn equipment. There were to be 5,000 bikes produced however that wasn't the final number. 200 of the parts were used to produce the black phantom bar stools, 8 were used to produce the 4 tandems, 300 were sent to a gas powered bike shop, 7 were used to produce the one 7-seater bike, 200 were left uncompleted. Aerocycle was only open for the production of the 1995 black phantom, after the run was done they brought all the equipment to Gary at A&S and abandoned there. He had approximately 200~300 tube sets that Aerocycle left outside and had rusted together and were eventually scrapped after Gary realized Ted abandoned everything at the A&S shop.

So only approximately 3,985 black Phantoms were produced out of the 5,000 commissioned, this isn't a hard number because the Gary did not take an accurate count of the abandoned unusable tubes. Gary sold off most of the equipment that was abandoned at his shop. He still has the welding fixtures, the punch press that Aerocycle used to stamp the serial numbers into the bottom bracket shell, and 200 of the bottom bracket shells, bridges, drop outs, kickstand brackets,  10 tubsets, and seat post clamps. Gary has the only barstool that used real schwinn handle bars, the rest were just a bent tube with grips on it. I will send another message with the pictures included.

Here is all the information I had gathered a few years back about the 1995 Reproduction of the Phantom.

http://www.schwinnbikeforum.com/index.php?topic=9266.15


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Re: New information On the 1995 Phantom Reproduction
« Reply #1 on: September 21, 2022, 02:02:46 PM »
Great additional information Jennifer.    Thank you

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Re: New information On the 1995 Phantom Reproduction
« Reply #2 on: September 21, 2022, 03:38:02 PM »
Pictures and such will be coming hopefully. All thanks to new member Wizbow.