But be honest, from that photo up there^^, can you really say it needs restoration?
I can't........mine is a one owner, magnum bonum, with quite distinctive features, possibly unique, I would never consider restoration. And it has a few chips, that only serve to remind others of it's history.
In my view, some people restore bikes that don't really need it, ....and have no appreciation of 'patina'...no matter how many (much?) resources they have.
Once it's gone, it's gone.......it might be shiny though.
Like I said though, it's his bike, and each to their own.
I was referring to my Hetchins as my Grandad was a perfectionist and would appreciate the patina it has - he'd restore it.
But patina is an interesting subject, some old timers I know have bikes with"patina"and the bikes look like they've been doing duty as a boat anchor: that isn't patina.
But I agree broadly about keeping original if possible according to the"standards"of the owner.
Co-founder of a V-CC section, member South Eastern Road Club and owner of - 2005 Bianchi Reparto Corse (modern), 1985 Raleigh SBDU Pro Super, 1984 Raleigh LU Corsa, 1980 Allin Stan Butler Special, 1978 Ron Cooper, 1975 Bill Philbrook tourer, 2 x very early Roberts (mid/late 1960s), 1966 Raleigh Superbe Roadster, 1964 Allin Stan Butler Special Belgique, 1951 Hobbs of Barbican S/C, 1950 Hobbs of Barbican S/C, 1947 Hetchins Super Special, 1908 Centaur Featherweight. 1988 Specialized Stumpjumper.