Hi all, thanks for the interest in this project.
It will be a slow build as money is still tight, but i have at least started. The frame has been blasted, and looks much better for it. I have been polishing various bits; the brakes, headset, and mech all coming up OK. I have bought some "new" wheels for it, but am not to happy with the profile and look of them. They will have to do though until the right ones come along.
I have stolen the seat, levers, and pedals from the Carlton in my other thread, as they are in better condition. The band of the Campag lever is missing chrome, and i am going to try brush on nickel plating it...Old Ned... the lever isn't straight, it has a small crack at the base, caused by the action you describe, very perceptive of you.
The CB sticker on the seat tube was unreadable, but identified by Nick at Lloyds as a Clapham one. Maybe this was an early Holdsworth Cordon Bleu. It is definately a Cordon Bleu...no pump pegs, and the little square braze on for locating the lever on the down tube.
I grew up about a mile from the CB factory in Manor St, but he went broke the year i was born
Hoping to get some paint on it in the new year.
There is one question i have, later catalogues state that there were small Claud Butler signatures on the forks, anyone have pictures of the placements of these?
Cheers for now,
You can just see the lever locating braze on on the down tube in the lower pic here...