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PostPosted: Wed Dec 23, 2009 6:11 pm 
Dirt Disciple
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Hiya,

I just picked this up for pennies and cant believe my luck.

The old boy that I bought it from was a bit choked to sell as he has owned it from new but simply cant ride it anymore.

What do you think?

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I dont quite know what to do with it as I keep meaning to build a fixie and this would be perfect but at the moment cant bring myself to start stripping it down.

Nick


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 24, 2009 11:20 am 
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Don't do it, it looks pretty original with nice bars, I think an oil rag restoration for this one IMHO


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 24, 2009 11:45 am 
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Guessing late 30's early 40's, at this date many of the components will have patent adates on etc


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 24, 2009 1:12 pm 
Dirt Disciple
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Hiya,

'Oil Rag' restoration - I like that :)

Ill certainly clean it and replace the chain but thats as far as it will go, its patina has taken decades to acquire!

Nick


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 24, 2009 3:54 pm 
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That's really gorgeous!

I do like the patina. But on the other hand, I'd be tempted to restore it back to showroom condition and show the old boy your handiwork, I bet he'd love it if you did that.


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 24, 2009 7:20 pm 
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Is there an echo in here? :wink:

I'd say just relube and ride. You will be looking at a lot of money to get that to showroom condition.


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 24, 2009 7:34 pm 
Dirt Disciple
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Hahaha - yes you're right...my mistake with the keyboard.

Erm yes, relube and ride and then sell to buy a Fixie :)

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