[CR]Re: Re: Fillet-Brazed Schwinns - Ashtabula cranks

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Date: Thu, 5 Jun 2008 15:46:03 -0400
From: "Carl Gonzalez" <bikecg@gmail.com>
To: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
cc: jerrymoos@sbcglobal.net
Subject: [CR]Re: Re: Fillet-Brazed Schwinns - Ashtabula cranks

Jerry Moos asked:

"BTW was Ashtabula a separate company, or did it perhaps just refer to a Schwinn manufacturing plant at Ashtabula, OH? As I recall there was a highly-regarded Ford "Ashtabula" (350 ci?) engine manufactured at a Ford plant in that city, so maybe the cranks were a similar story."

The Answer:

ABS (Ashtabula Bow Socket Company...dunno what a bow socket is; possibly OT) was the name of the company that made the bulletproof cranks. They were not part of Schwinn but I am sure counted on Schwinn for the lion-share of sales.

Carl Gonzalez
Bay Village, OH USA