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PostPosted: Fri Jun 21, 2013 11:11 pm 
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So some of you may have seen my old 1950's Claud Butler Coronation which I am restoring. I had to postpone this project whilst I've had to go back to uni to build our Formula Student racing car.

During the car build, my little commuter bike got covered in carbon fibre dust and all sorts of other shite so I started with wanting to clean it up a bit. This snowballed until I began seeing how good a finish I could get on some of the parts using the kit we have at the uni workshop.

I'll start with a pic of the bike before it got stripped!
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It's a 1970's or 1980's Claud Butler. No idea on model or anything other than having a stab at how old it is and looking at the kit on it! Any help? Pretty sure it's Holdsworth era.

Cranks pre-polishing
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After mirror polishing half of it!
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It's a really bad pic but the brakes came out amazing!
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There's a ton of other stuff to be mirror polished which will happen after we finish the car build, as well as a respray and new cables.

So I'll leave with a pic of the other pride and joy! It's not strictly a bike, certainly isn't a bicycle but it does have a bike engine! (We've not finished the nosecone yet!)
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 21, 2013 11:13 pm 
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Share the how please!


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 21, 2013 11:18 pm 
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I used the polishing wheel and a lot of time!

The brakes didn't take too long but the sprockets are taking forever! Everything gets roasting hot too.

This restoration relies on machinery rather than old school elbow grease!


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 21, 2013 11:19 pm 
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Ah, you mean cheating! :lol:


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 21, 2013 11:25 pm 
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Just a little! Using it as a bit of an exercise to see how well I can restore a bike as this and the '54 are the only two bikes I've ever stripped down haha.


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 21, 2013 11:30 pm 
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Only playing. Wish I had a buffing wheel. Looking forward to seeing the Older CB finished.


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 21, 2013 11:31 pm 
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I'm just itching to ride one again! This one was only intended to be a clean up and a service lol.

Slow progress though as we're busy finishing the car for the event in 2 weeks!


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 22, 2013 7:09 pm 
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What's the bike engine? Busa?


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 22, 2013 8:55 pm 
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The History Man wrote:
Only playing. Wish I had a buffing wheel. Looking forward to seeing the Older CB finished.

Try a dremel, it's what I use.


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 22, 2013 10:29 pm 
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nathanm26 wrote:
What's the bike engine? Busa?


It's an enduro bike engine, KTM 500 EXC single cylinder. Loads of torque even at low revs!


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