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 Post subject: 1988 Swallow Ptarmigan
PostPosted: Wed Jun 12, 2013 8:18 pm 
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Ok this is my first thread with pics due to getting flack from certain members about not sharing :D so bear with me.

I bought this frame from Hilary Stone a while ago and after chatting to Swallow's Robert Wade at the Bespoked show have established that it was built 14th May 1988.
I had intended to send it to Swallow for referb as there is a small dent in the top tube and some damage to the chainstay, but after dicovering that they send frames to Argos for paint I think I will just take the 20 min trip to Argos instead of trekking to Iron Bridge.

I had originally intended to do a Campag Olympus build but after nevadasmith's Swallow Griffon viewtopic.php?f=6&t=250974 came to light and the IDing of Rod_Saetan's Swallow Merlin viewtopic.php?f=6&t=142839 I have abandoned Campy and high end Shimano in favour of a Deore/DX based dirt drop set up.

A little more info here viewtopic.php?f=9&t=251100

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Like my other projects this will be a slow burn but I hope you like the frame.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 12, 2013 8:22 pm 
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Great looking frame, do you plan to re-do in the same colours? I have to say that the guys from Swallow were not only helpful when I bombarded them with questions but positively interested in my old bike - a refreshing attitude. You are probably aware too that they can get original decals cut, mine are ready to go on. Some day. Probably.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 12, 2013 8:28 pm 
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Agreed. Robert was more than happy to spend quite some time chatting which was a refreshing change compared to trying to get a civil word out of Andy Powell about my Overbury's. :roll:

Yep Im going to keep the original colour scheme.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 12, 2013 8:30 pm 
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That's absolutely beautiful. Good luck with it. Certainly a great starting point.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 12, 2013 8:38 pm 
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retrobate wrote:
civil word out of Andy Powell about my Overbury's.


He has something of a reputation.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 12, 2013 8:53 pm 
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Thats a corker


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 12, 2013 9:04 pm 
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Looking forward to seeing this progress (slowly).


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 12, 2013 10:56 pm 
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Really nice to see another one of these - watching with interest 8)


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 12, 2013 11:44 pm 
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That colour scheme is great


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 13, 2013 1:21 am 
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Sweet piccies! :lol:
Do pop round for cake soon.


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