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PostPosted: Sat Oct 27, 2012 2:35 pm 
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I'm half way through laquering the frame up, meaning the whole house smells of pear drops. Two quick snaps from this afternoon:

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I'm trying to get a similar mile deep glossy shine to the one on my old Claud Butler. I'm still putting off cleaning all the alloy bits and bobs :oops:


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 27, 2012 3:36 pm 
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bikemeister2000 wrote:
I worked with Gerald for many years. He was truly one of a kind.


Agree, very nice chap, very helpful and patient when I ordered my SBDU.

Here's another image of him, just as I remember.

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PostPosted: Wed May 14, 2014 10:41 pm 
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Goldie wrote:
The decals arrived on Friday so it should come together quite quickly.


Erm... or I could take a year and a half to make any significant progress at all :oops:

In goes the headset:

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And all of a sudden, it's starting to look quite bikey. The original Huret Eco rear derailleur was all twisted and broken, so it's getting a bit of an upgrade to a Suntour V GT - this'll be able to cope with the big cog on the back. It should actually be quite nice to ride when it's done.

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PostPosted: Thu May 15, 2014 5:26 am 
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Thats look very tidy, worthwhile too. Have you all the bits now?


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PostPosted: Thu May 15, 2014 7:33 am 
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looking very nice Goldie


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PostPosted: Thu May 15, 2014 9:32 am 
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Spokesmann wrote:
Thats look very tidy, worthwhile too. Have you all the bits now?


Yes, the pictures are a bit behind the reality - it is almost ready for a test ride now. The old wheels, saddle, mudguards, Huret Eco, propstand and terrifying, wafer thin brake blocks all went in the bin. There was a Union dynamo and lights which I'm just having a think about - I'm pretty sure they don't work but I thought I might be able to get the guts of a modern LED light into the swoopy chrome casing of the old lamps. But by and large the bike itself was just cosmetically poor. Most of the chrome and alloy just needed a good clean and polish. It all looks really smart now its back together.


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PostPosted: Thu May 15, 2014 9:46 am 
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You Binned the mudguards!! they would have been Esge and are sought after :cry: I even know someone who wants a pair......never mind.


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PostPosted: Thu May 15, 2014 10:26 pm 
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They were Esges, but they were a mimmion miles away from their best. Some home made modfications had happened to them over the years.

The bike's had its first look at the sun for a good few years, and it looks ok:

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I might stick a couple more photos on the blog.


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PostPosted: Fri May 16, 2014 9:11 am 
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Lovin it. I would suggest a lamp bracket to finish things off. Didn't think I would, but that bar tape looks spot on.


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PostPosted: Fri May 16, 2014 9:15 am 
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Always nice to see some more Carltons for me there is just something a little bit special about them. My first restoration was a 1970s Continental wish now I hadn't sold it


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