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PostPosted: Tue Feb 06, 2018 11:27 pm 
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Here's my latest little project that I'm lashing together. Brief back story is that I acquired this several months after spotting it on the roof of a shipping crate, which in turn was a venue props storage area (with permission of course!). Sadly there had been some efforts to saw seatpost and stem off, leaving this mess below :(

My plan is to try and get said seized bits out, probably by sawing and patience. The paint will be cleaned up but left in survivor state. Then I'm going to use up all the leftover the odds and sods I have lying around, so expect something of a united nations groupset. Fortunately I still have the U-brake at hand as well! More to follow...


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 11, 2018 6:40 pm 
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Success! Seatpost has been pretty much cut out. Bought a cheap replacement post online in the correct size, so all is sorted there.

Other additions are a set of good old mismatched wheels, a front Wolber (from a scrapped Cinder Cone) and rear Mavic on a modern hub - not ideal but it only cost £10 from a local seller and is brand new. It also allows use of a 8 speed cassette, to cover the shifters that I have in store.

The Panaracer tyres and tubes were from another bike split for spares ages ago, which suit the frame well.

Just need to carry on with the stem now :)


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 11, 2018 7:18 pm 
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The paint looks in good condition from here 8) love the colours.

I dont envy you the job of getting the stem out :|


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 11, 2018 10:51 pm 
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mkone wrote:
The paint looks in good condition from here 8) love the colours.

I dont envy you the job of getting the stem out :|


Thanks :)

The paint is indeed pretty good on this one and still my favourite combination of the time, event though the bike is/was at the bottom of the Kona food chain. It's the third one I've rescued and by far the most splattered! This is also why I went down the sawing route rather than breaking the caustic out.

As for the stem, progress is being made, but the stem is steel, so it's really welded in. Below is my current weapon for removal, hopefully a few more cuts in daylight will see it out...fingers crossed ;)


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 15, 2018 12:47 pm 
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A little more progress today.

Haven't returned to the stem yet as I'm tooling up for another crack at it!

In the meantime I have cobbled together a suitable chainset, boasting a pair of sugino crank arms and some leftover shimano and suntour chainrings. doesn't look too bad...

Fingers crossed the stem will be out tonight :)


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 15, 2018 10:04 pm 
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Looking good so far, this is my kinda build!


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 17, 2018 8:37 pm 
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Carried on pottering, but too dark to see outside by the time I got started :facepalm:

Front mech dug out, a Suntour XC Ltd one no less! Looks more tatty in the pictures, pesky flash...

Just treating the front hub to some new bearings and grease as well.


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