Do I spy a long knuckle bar lurking in the background? Always a handy chap to have around when persuading a recalcitrant BB it's time to leave.
Yes my trusty 1/2" drive breaker bar, the reserve of stuck HG lock rings, freewheels and BB's - this one took the vice though enabling me to apply the maximum leverage I am happy to (the length of the frame from the axis of the stuck thing).
Looking good so far Adrian.
Have you had a response from Paul Donohue yet...?
Keep it up mate, its coming along nicely....
Thanks Carl. Not heard anything back from Paul - if I do I'll be sure to ask him about the other frames on here too.
Today I returned to Kevin Winter.
He kindly shot blasted back the seat tube to reveal some pin holes about 1/2" above the BB shell. Annoyingly it is solid all around these forcing me to make a decision......
So what do I do:
1. Replace seat tube. Probably Reynolds 751. The repair will retain all the original features although the seat pin will change from 26.8mm to 27.2mm due to thinner gauge tubing. Kevin is going to see if he can source a Prestige seat tube which will retain authenticity.
2. Braze fill the holes and take a chance it will probably be alright. Worst case new paint job and a repair in X miles time
Chosen plan of action is to return to Kevin's on Thursday with a videoprobe and view the bore of the seat tube to see how bad it is. By then he will know if the presitige seat tube is possible and we'll go from there.
RB collective thoughts/advice welcomed at this point........
I have also asked Kevin to spray it. I am very please that I did as he instantly informed me that the orange is actually a pearlescent fluorescent paint - on closer inspection it is - very nice too. He gave me the history of the various suppliers of the stuff (it comes from Italy) and is going to contact the rep to see if he can get some, if not then I have asked him to experiment and replicate it.
And so we progress!!
I have an internal battle between the mechanical engineer in me that says' rip out the rusty stuff and replace with new and the retrobike fan that says take a risk to retain originality - Thursday will tell......