Old Ned wrote:
Great lugwork, I like it!
Even though it has track ends it would appear that it has been used with a rear mech looking at the groove worn into the underneath of the BB shell. Must have been used like it for some time for that to have happened.
It deserves a really classy repaint with either contrast colour headtube or fine lug lining to pick out the lovely details.
I hadn't picked that up at all - great detective work
For some reason the frame is telling me it should be "burnt orange", a bit like the 70's Holdsworths. Spoken to a few people about refinishing already, I don't think this is going to be cheap!
As an aside, seeing as this is now going to be a long-term project, could anyone give me a list of suitable period parts that I could keep an eye out for? I'll probably go for modern (but subtle!) 700c rims and hubs and maybe a B17 saddle, but the proper vintage chainset, quill stem, track bars and caliper(s) would look great I think.