Hi folks, I posted up in the general section a few weeks ago asking for some help ID-ing a bike I'd just bought. I've since managed to find the frame number after rubbing it down, and have determined that it corresponds to a 1961 build date.
I wanted something to potter about working on over the summer that I can take back to uni in London with me in a few weeks. This fit the bill nicely!
^new headstock built up: maes alloy bars, Weinmann levers, raleigh stem
^Old vs New tyre (raleigh 27")
^Green paint isn't original, started chasing it up the forks to find the original end point of the chrome.
^Started flatting frame back and found a bit of rust, so decided to give it a proper going over. You can see the original (I think) frame colour on the down tube.
^Forks stripped back
^Frame rubbed down
Forgot to take some pics for a while after this... but this is how it stands currently:
I just wanted to get it going for now, planning to replace/upgrade parts gradually. On the cards are a white saddle, new crankset, new shifters and possibly some better brakes.
Needs a bit of tweaking, saddle/bar height sorting, bar tape and end caps, and then it'll be about there I think.
Paint is Plastikote primer, Toyota metallic dark blue, humbrol white enamel around the lugs, and Plastikote clear lacquer.
Brake levers are Weinmanns, drilled out to fit some oversized cable adjusters I had. Rear mech is Shimano SIS, front is a Shimano up-pull that I pinched off of my MTB (stripped, reversed spring and re-bent spring pan to opposite direction to make it down-pull). No idea what the crankset is, but it's pretty nasty. Brakes are stamped "DRAGON", and are the only bit on there that I think might be period. I've put in all new inner and outer cables throughout, and fitted a home-made downtube shifter made of a caniballised cheapo chinese one and a jubilee clip
Opinions and suggestions welcomed