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PostPosted: Wed Jun 05, 2013 11:49 pm 
Dirt Disciple
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Hey everyone!

I've owned a Holdsworth era C.B for a couple of years now and love it to bits, but I've always wanted a project bike.

So I flicked through Gumtree and found a 'possible 1950's or 1960's Claud Butler' for sale not too far from home for only £15. Immediately decided I was buying it there and then!

So I drove over the next day, bike looked as rusty as it did in the advert, I had a quick look over, Brooks saddle, Miller dynamo (retro-fitted) and a lugless frame which I thought was cool for a C.B. the one thing that really stood out to me from underneath the surface rust was a little decal which said 'Coronation Model'

So I shoehorned it into the back of the fiesta and drove home, unloaded and got some pics.

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After a bit of research, I found out it is a 1954 Coronation model, 3-speed. I've found incredibly little information on these bikes (just nkaligriff!)

Does anyone have any more information on the Coronation model? I've only seen a snippet from the 1953 brochure and I've not seen another on here either!


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 06, 2013 6:23 am 
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Great find, what do you intend to do the machine.


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 06, 2013 10:10 am 
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Cheers!

I might do a full resto, only problem is, I've looked everywhere for replacement decals and I can't find any for the coronation.

The other option is that I clean up the frame a bit and re-chrome replace all the formally shiny bits. Quite like the aged look of the frame!


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 06, 2013 10:57 am 
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Hi, nice project, looking forward to seeing it complete, a long way to go, get the plus gas out first. As far as decals http://www.hlloydcycles.com/ is the best bet and ring him, he may have that coronation one. Below is the cat page from the 1954 one. Good luck Terry.


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 06, 2013 10:18 pm 
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Fifteen quid! :shock:

Amazing machine, looks completely original, and the 3 speed version too.

Best of luck with the build.


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 06, 2013 10:27 pm 
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It was hard to pass it up at that price.

Yeah it's a complete bike which is even better. It all looks original except for the added dynamo and it has a Brooks B15 which I don't think was standard.

Pretty pleased with how it's cleaning up. I'll get some pics up tomorrow!


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 06, 2013 10:35 pm 
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Dynamo and lights look very period, so it just looks like it is ready for the road... 1950's style.


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 08, 2013 11:48 am 
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Right, I messed up a bit!

I was removing the cottered crank arms and didn't realise how soft the pins were so ended up wrecking the thread on one of them as I hit it out from one side.

Does anyone know where I can get a pair of cotter pins? They don't seem that common! I'm guessing there's a standard size pin too?

Cheers.


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 08, 2013 11:59 am 
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Tom D wrote:
Right, I messed up a bit!

I was removing the cottered crank arms and didn't realise how soft the pins were so ended up wrecking the thread on one of them as I hit it out from one side.

Does anyone know where I can get a pair of cotter pins? They don't seem that common! I'm guessing there's a standard size pin too?

Cheers.



Standard 3/8" cotters are easily available from ebay, about £1.50 for a pair.


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 08, 2013 12:02 pm 
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Awesome, just purchased them so should arrive soon.

That wasn't so bad after all. Thanks!


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