The bikes now stripped almost completely & I have begun the polishing.
Below is a few 50/50 shots of what i guess i will achieve - i have a few fine polishing pads which may achieve a slightly more refined finish but in essence - thats it!
Wheels - after taking the rear wheel out - it would appear that the axle is flat on two sides to enable it to slot into the rear dropouts. Not only does the size of the axle seem to be a problem, but the width of the hubs too!
Im now condidering my options with restoring the wheels too!
He better appreciate this when its done!!!!!!!!
PS - The cotterpin on one side was seized, but not a huge drama as a new chainset is required (hopefully)...
Next week this mayve all changed though, as ill probably discover that this bike has a special b/b axle length/diameter or something!!!
I will get some close ups of the wheels for your perusal!
They are 27 x 1 1/4" - new tyres,tubes ordered.....
Gear lever - would anyone care to shed any light on it - as the rust on that is pretty bad so i was hoping to replace if possible - perhaps a little digging on ebay maybe in order?