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PostPosted: Sat Feb 16, 2013 11:36 am 
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just a guess on my part as it was done by others in that era. Would love to know though.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 16, 2013 7:17 pm 
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Quick update before I scrub the oil from my fingernails.

I can confirm it is fully lugged and has a normal (non-wishbone) stay.
Been scrubbing and degreasing, it's coated in greasy muck but components seem in quite good
nick underneath the gunk.

Will try and get some pix up tomorrow.


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 17, 2013 8:45 pm 
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Pix as promised, its really needs most of the components removed and thoroughly cleaned
but so far it's looking fairly good. Paint no too bad.

Scrubbing up nicely
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Loads of lugs
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Non wishbone rear.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 18, 2013 2:52 pm 
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Check this out for comparison, ('88 courier restored/resprayed but good for ref)...

http://www.retrobike.co.uk/gallery2/mai ... emId=80848

Large offset on the forks, no wishbone, luggage, even the '88 head badge..


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 18, 2013 2:53 pm 
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The cable hanger has been done away for the U brakes.. Some of my 89 courier comp and pathfinder have U and some cantilever, no idea why..


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 18, 2013 3:00 pm 
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That really is odd, archemists 88 courier above is the white/purple and its a lug less tigged frame, the all white lugged courier looks like an 87 frame with 88 decals. The crackle one looks like the 87 frame.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2013 1:46 pm 
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drcarlos wrote:
That really is odd, archemists 88 courier above is the white/purple and its a lug less tigged frame, the all white lugged courier looks like an 87 frame with 88 decals. The crackle one looks like the 87 frame.

Carl


Doc - that's what i've been thinking, it is real odd. I :oops: don't know the date of mine - as the one thing i didn't do was remove the cable guide and that obscures the frame number.

But mine does appear to be Araya (japan) made and appears identical (frame) to a model in the 87-88 Araya catalogue.

Mine has no wishbone, is lugless (mostly), u-brakes (no canti hanger) and NO paw prints. Which would say it's a later frame than above but not late enough for wishbones - but then why is it in 87-88 colours!???

If you look at the catalogues - the '88-9 roadrunner (still) has the pink tinge (i.e. the same paint 'range' as mine) but the courier colours have moved on to the crackle.

It's like they didn't revamp the whole range year on year or the ship hadn't docked before the photo shoot?

All cool tho 8)
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2013 1:57 pm 
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Great work chaps.
I was going to ask where I'd find a frame number and if it would be of any use (have a date)
or whether they were random. Haven't found one in the usual places.

I will have more time this weekend for a better clean/strip, a full spec and some more pix.


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2013 1:59 pm 
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It's like in '89 they were using up old stocks of frames and parts before a big refresh for the 1990 model year where it all changed again. Incidentally the 1990 Pathfinder got carried over to 1991 so maybe another case of the same thing?

Carl.


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2013 9:25 pm 
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Nice find!!

Good luck with your restore work.

This is mine. Owned from new with original receipt too! The only non original parts are the NOS tyres I managed to pick-up.

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I believe it is a '89 frame, as you can see from the receipt bought in early '90 for £299, about £530 in today's money.

Could be a twin for yours.

Keep us posted on progress.


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