Hey guys and gals. Just today found this 'cuda' on my local CL. Went over to check it out and discovered the mostly good, little bad, and the big ugly. Hanging in my work stand right now waiting for disassembly. I know there are some Barracuda buffs out there that can help me through the redo, so lets hear it. What would you do...?
The good: Almost completely original. Bought from the original owner who bought it in 1995 at a now defunct bike shop in Denton, TX USA. Even the tires are original... The fork appears to be a factory upgrade (I think) as it was purchased new with the Manitou Comp installed, Barracudabicycle.com lists a Rock Shox Quadra 5 as the OE fork...
The bad: Not too much. The fork internals are toast. Fork compresses with no resistance... Elastomers are shot. Saddle looks like same vintage but not OE spec.
The ugly: Nasty dent mid top tube on right side. Owner crashed bike on one of our local trails, handle bars came around hard and Ouch!!!
The frame damage makes me think I should just clean it up nice and ride it. Maybe search for a replacement frame, but I'm open to suggestions.
I have a friend who is a paintless dent removal tech. I'll run it by him, but I doubt it can be improved much. It's a mechanical process and internal access would be almost impossible.
My local powder coater tells me that JB Weld can be used to make dent repairs and then powder coated. Kind of a cheesy way to go though he does do excellent work. I have no doubt it would be visually correct, of course then I'd have to find decals etc., and I would know the truth...
Anyway out of town tomorrow for a few days so give me something to chew on while I'm gone and I'll get on it later in the week. Thanks!
More pictures over here:
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