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PostPosted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 11:03 pm 
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Hi guys
Been on my travels this afternoon to a very good friends Garage
Bought a rather nice early Holdsworth Frame/Forks, Headset, BB
Not sure on the year and model
Looks loke being from the early 50s
Some distinctive features.Holdsworthy Headbadge (Brass) Holdsworthy decal on seat tube
Rear LH Dropout Frame numbering
Curved rear brake bridge
Very nice lugs
Although in need of re-finishing,a really nice find.
Please see photos for reference
Any info much appreciated

Hopefuly the expert knowledge on here will convince me to restore

Thanks in advance
Malc


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 11:08 pm 
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 11:29 pm 
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Can't help but blimey that would have cost someone an absolute fortune in it's day to have made......lugs, chrome, paint, boxing, lining :)

Shaun


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 8:07 am 
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Lovely ! Whats the serial number, just guessing I would say late forties. Terry


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 12:32 pm 
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Looks like a Cyclone - from the appearence of the lugs??


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 7:46 pm 
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From what i can make out on the rear lh dropout,frame number is 5-digit 13194
I need to drop the forks to confirm this.
I'm thinking early 50s,with the 5-digit number
Malc


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 9:04 pm 
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Hi, wrong again, I make it 1951 ish from that serial number, are you going to gently clean it up first. Terry


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 9:13 pm 
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A 1951 Holdsworth Cyclone then.....you lucky person!


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 9:29 pm 
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Thanks for all replies
I have emailed images to a marque enthusiast in the VCC cycling club of which i am a member.
He also says it could well be a Cyclone from the early 50s,but needs more time to be sure.
I also think it could well be a Tornado.

As far as the restoration goes,i will clean up the frame taking great care.
I beleive it will look better and keep it's authenticity and patina,rather than a complete re-finish.
I'm not a lover of a complete re-finish.After all this is a frameset of 62yrs so looks much better with genuine paint and consistent wear and tear.
Hopefully will also keep it's value keeping it as near perfect when built
A work of art in my opinion.These do not come around often these days.

Malc


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 9:54 pm 
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Hi Gents

This is now confirmed as being a late 1951 or an earlier 1952 Cyclone model by the VCC marque enthusiast
He comments on the poor condition,paint damage and rust etc.he also asked me to check the chrome work and see if they will clean up,otherwise a re-finish wil be beneficial.
I disagree with the re-finish.there is no damage evident to the tubing etc.
Cleaning process i think will be the plan and see how it develops.

What's your views on this?

Malc


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