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PostPosted: Tue Oct 16, 2012 11:26 am 
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Just to continue with my Marin/Zolatone addiction here are the latest project frames that I'm working on.

Eldridge - a frame I picked up on here from Whayne (via Brocklanders I believe?) which is is a bit of a state. The original Zolatone has been oversprayed with Turquoise. I started to strip it to reveal the underlying grey - which I've discovered is incomplete anyway. So this frame is destined for complete paint stripping and a homebrew zolatone-esque repaint.

Pine Mountain - I watched this sit in the fs section for a while and the catalyst for me sending the PM to littlemarkie & buying was my friend who recently acquired exactly the same model. There's something really cool about the grey/orange contrast on these bikes....which I love. The frame is in reasonable shape.....it's no minter by any stretch but the rust is fairly minimal, the majority of which I've had a go at cleaning up (tried the vinegar and tin foil trick!). I've had a set of fresh homebrew decals laser cut and applied which freshens the frame up a treat. Forks are resprayed from bare metal (from the Eldridge) in Halfords Orange and the headset/stem/bars came from Drewson to complete the frameset (cheers Drew!). Just need to repaint these and start building.

Apologies for nicking the original fs images...I didn't take any before starting work on the frames..... :)


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 16, 2012 11:44 am 
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A few more shots of the PineM....


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 16, 2012 12:38 pm 
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PM's looking good and I'm looking foward to seeing how my old Eldridge turns out. 8)


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 16, 2012 1:27 pm 
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Uber cool stuff so far.... 8) 8) 8)

Finished result(s) should be amazing!


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 16, 2012 3:42 pm 
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Good effort with the PM so far. Look forward to see what you do with it.
I just picked up a 91 Team Marin to add to my fleet!


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 16, 2012 10:38 pm 
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Already looking nice bud and can't wait to see it come together.

Watching with interest and hoping you can't find time to do the Eldridge and sell it to me lol :wink:

Rich :D


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 17, 2012 9:36 am 
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Excellent Pine M. 8)


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 31, 2012 10:46 am 
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Finished the paintwork on the forks/stem/bars and added the Marin logo to the stem. Wheels are Araya TM18s with Marin Lite tyres - but are temporary until I get hold of some RM17s/Amberwalls.....Also bought a couple of short cage Deore rear mechs - will be fitted once I've cleaned one up.

Need to look into anodising too - I've got a few seatposts that need to be black! :)


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 31, 2012 12:59 pm 
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That's a proper mountain bike. 8) Look forward to seeing it finished. The zolatone paint jobs were never my thing back in the day - for some reason I always thought they made the bikes "look" heavy. But 20 years on and I quite fancy one...


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 31, 2012 1:25 pm 
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Rich34 wrote:
That's a proper mountain bike. 8) Look forward to seeing it finished. The zolatone paint jobs were never my thing back in the day - for some reason I always thought they made the bikes "look" heavy. But 20 years on and I quite fancy one...


Me too. I can remember seeing '91/'92 Marins (grey/black/neon type colour schemes) back when I was a teenager riding around on my '93 Bear Valley thinking how much I preferred mine over the earlier models. Def. not the case now........funny how time changes your perception.... :)


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