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PostPosted: Sat Jun 08, 2013 3:45 pm 
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My how things have changed.

When I was a kid, you could get cotter pins at any bike shop or Halfords; they used to be on one of those dispaly cards that hung up in the shop and the owner would pull them off one at a time. I can't remember how much they were, probably a shilling or one and six a pair, or something like that.

Man! Am I really that old?


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 08, 2013 10:31 pm 
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I probably should have just gone down to the local bike shop but I was busy polishing bits and bobs all day!

So I've stripped the bike down, just need to get a chain link remover to get the chain off and also need to split the bars from the fork.

There's a bit of movement in the bottom bracket which my cycling mad mate is going to have a look at on Monday, might just need tightening up as there's no nasty bearing noises.

Here's some pics of what I've been up to...

The wheels started off like this! Yuck
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With some tin foil, water then some brasso I got them looking like this! Pretty amazing what a piece of tin foil can do!
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Began to strip down the Miller dynamo, polished up the front and rear lights
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Brakes before
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....and after

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Together
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I've also polished up the seatpost and saddle metal work as well as cleaning up the leather. Come out rather nice but forgot to get a picture!

Started looking at cleaning the frame up a bit, most effective method I've found is to use 800 grit wet and dry to remove the surface rust without damaging the paint underneath or the decals. I should have it finished within the next 2 days!

Loving it!


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 08, 2013 10:39 pm 
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That's really impressive work, can you tell us how you got such excellent results.


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 08, 2013 10:44 pm 
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I swear this bike must have just been left in a slightly damp shed until I got it. It's in pretty good shape underneath all the rust and dirt.

I've not had to touch any penetrating fluids, no sandblasting, no painting and no hard work really. Just wire brushes, emery paper, brasso, water & washing up liquid, old rags, not an awful lot of time and a bit of elbow grease.

The wheels I just used tin foil, water and brasso.
Saddle, some leather cleansing stuff I nicked off my mum.
Brakes, wire brush & brasso!


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 09, 2013 5:08 am 
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I really hope your leaving the frame like that! Top marks on the polshing jobs, those parts look new!


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 09, 2013 7:48 am 
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Impressive work indeed, hats off to you for the amount of elbow grease that probably took.


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 09, 2013 7:49 am 
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I agree, don't repaint the frame or you will loose the originality and value


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 09, 2013 8:56 am 
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I've decided I'm going to just clean up what I already have. It'll look too new if it gets repainted and I like the aged look of all the parts.

Can't wait to go for a ride on it, depending on the bottom bracket it shouldn't be long now.


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 10, 2013 8:49 pm 
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Some results of the wet sanding :-)
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 10, 2013 8:55 pm 
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That has come up a treat. It is a cliché, but it is only original once especially the paint.


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