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 Post subject: Sun Snipe Plus, c1965
PostPosted: Fri Aug 01, 2014 5:02 pm 
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This is my latest acquisition, another Sun, this time a Snipe Plus to accompany my Snipe Prestige. This machine is in astounding condition, the original paintwork is near immaculate, no rust and hardly a mark. The graphics on the 23-1/2" frame are also pretty in intact too, the seat tube is particularly nice. I've still some work to do on it, but I have already replaced the seat with an old Wrights W3N I have been keeping, this was originally on my first ever Carlton back in 1975. The bike is pretty much 85% original, I need to change the seat post and handlebar stem at some point though. 5-spewed transmission is by a second generation Huret Alvit mech. Lugs are very plain and simple with white lining. The 28-tooth rear sprocket should help with the hills in Plymouth, the Williams chain set is a 48 tooth affair. Mudguards are period Britannia Sprint Veloce, similar to Bluemels. The previous owner has done some work on this machine and made a very good job of it. Rims are steel with alloys hubs. I flesh out the spec details when I have had a closer look over the machine.

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 01, 2014 5:12 pm 
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Blimey, yet another time warp find............have you got a Tardis ?

Still has the QR on the front brake hanger :D

Shaun


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 01, 2014 5:31 pm 
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Midlife wrote:
Blimey, yet another time warp find............have you got a Tardis ?

Still has the QR on the front brake hanger :D

Shaun



Not sure if that is original...


I don't know where this bike has been all its life, but the condition has to be seen to be believed.


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 01, 2014 5:37 pm 
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That looks to be museum quality - great find. Doesn't appear to have been used in anger. Very nice looking machine, paint scheme is lovely.


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 01, 2014 5:44 pm 
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Just out of curiosity what's the number.

The QR looks original to me. BITD we swapped out loads after a couple of years because rain dropped down the cable onto the QR which was made of unprotected metal (as thick as baco-foil) and rusted like crazy. Just a testament to who looked after the bike that the QR looks rust free :D

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 01, 2014 5:55 pm 
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Shaun, something I need to check. It only arrived today so I have spent much of the afternoon building this one back up again.


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 01, 2014 6:01 pm 
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That is lovely. Got to be a keeper surely


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 01, 2014 6:15 pm 
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Dated the Williams chain wheel to 1965 (ZF), frame number is 7387T


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Beautiful! That’s in stunning condition, what a find. I have a bit of a soft spot for Suns as I had one when I was a youngster; it was either a Snipe or a Sun Mist Sport … but I don’t remember it being as nice as that!


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Been out for a test ride this morning, only 2 or 3 miles. Nothing fell off (inc me) nothing shaking or squeaking. Rear mech need a little work as it a bit sticky getting to top gear, but apart from that its a very solid machine. Spent a good 3-4 hours yesterday building it up and setting to my position for riding. Brakes are fine and my old Wrights saddle most comfortable. I need to invest in another pair of toe clips, I can't ride without them! Ive taken a few details shots whilst riding in my local test track - Plymouth's Victoria Park.

I don't know how to describe the paint finish, it a lovely dark green flam (?), it defiantly not flat colour and not metallic, the light and dark areas around the lugs are very pleasing to (my) the eye.
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Don't you love 'S'bolts!

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The lever was a little stiff but will smooth out with use. This machine will be used, the pannier making it great for commenting (fine weather only!)
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The seat tube graphics are just of their time, when Sun was bait more than Carlton's bargain basement brand?
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My test track - the park is about 1-mile around and great for safe cycling/testing and general pootling around.
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I love this old saddle...
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This needs a little work, Ill reroute the cable first as getting to 5th was a little sticky...
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Clean and uncluttered...
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Proper Sun branded hoods
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Carlton wrap over seat stays...
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