Love the colour choice there Scooter. I don't know if the green was the original colour or not but the flamboyant finish suits it much more.
Anyone know of any good links to work out what wheels an older frame would have had? This Jim Guard is in the crossover period where 26" and 27" wheels were in use, and although it appears to have always had 26 x 1 1/4" fitted I'd like to be sure. Is there a method to find out? Or is it just by eye?
Oonaf, I've no idea why I prefer patina over shiny new paint. There is good and bad in both camps for sure. A lot of rusty wrecks fly the patina flag, when they are just adverts for neglect, rather than decades of careful use. And likewise, I've seen some poor restos, with peculiar colour choices and dodgy transfers. I appreciate a well done restoration as much as I love a well preserved original though. I'd rather a well preserved original wasn't restored of course. As to this Jim Guard ... it's certainly original ... Well preserved though?
Obviously not, but this isn't a common machine like my Hobbs, so for me the best option is just to preserve what's there. I can live with it looking ratty as long as the mechanicals are sorted.