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PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2015 6:32 am 
Dirt Disciple

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Hi All

I am restoring my 97 GT Avalanche LE i've owned since I bought it in the California, USA. Unfortunately, as I had bought a 97 Zaskar post buying the Avalanche, it has been sitting in a storage shed in Brisbane for about the last 10 years.

It was a year they sold out and replaced the frame with 7005 Alu made in Taiwan.. Either way I'm going to restore it with retro/mod gear and was looking for some assistance in how to bring the frame back to a reasonable shine

Here are some pics.


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2015 6:39 am 
Dirt Disciple

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Pre stripping


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2015 7:22 am 
Dirt Disciple

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So I have stripped the frame, blasted it with high pressure water and given it the once over with autosol and some elbow grease.

I now was hoping to get your advice on how best to bring the frame back to reasonable condition. Should I hit it with fine steel wool to remove pitting and then finish with autosol and perhaps braso etc?

Some more pics below

Cheers All!
AB


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2015 7:23 am 
Dirt Disciple

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can't upload the pic currently unfortunately


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2015 8:08 am 
Dirt Disciple

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here are the pics


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2015 10:15 am 
Retro Guru

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I made my Zaskar with 800sandpaper, where it has got scratches (next to the chain), and then just Autosol Aluminium, and patience... :D


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2015 10:17 am 
Dirt Disciple

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thanks!


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2015 10:28 am 
Retro Guru

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 09, 2015 11:36 pm 
Old School Grand Master

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Location: WI, USA
97 era Avalanche/LE was not a ball burnished frame it was actually anodized in a color called "billet" It will never shine unless you sand it all off and that's a months worth of detail work.


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 13, 2015 12:19 am 
Dirt Disciple

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It is ball burnished, the 98 is the "billet" colour..

http://www.bikepedia.com/QuickBike/Bike ... alanche+LE

Here are the specs.


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