Retrobike Forum Index

It is currently Sat Dec 10, 2016 6:10 am

* Login   * Register * Search  * FAQ



Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 78 posts ]  Go to page Previous  1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8  Next
Author Message
 Post subject: Re: 1994 Lotus Monocoque
PostPosted: Thu Jun 27, 2013 10:43 pm 
Gold Trader
Gold Trader
User avatar

Joined: Sat Oct 23, 2010 10:33 pm
Posts: 2119
Location: New Forest
Lol, thanks Rob, Kind words. The Royce hubs may have to wait a while, but I agree, they'll look awesome on this frame.

Soooooo.... Forks are holding air, but losing a little oil, so they're gonna be stripped, as I plan to re-finish them. The finish is flaking off if large pieces (well, it wasn't, until I started picking at it, it's kinda like a scab...). The metal underneath is *quite* tarnished, but polishes up really well, so it's just a matter of finding a decent match for the original yellow lacquer, which I've not seen anyone do yet?

Ah well. I had a go with some on an old seatpost, and ended up with this, if I'd bothered to polish it a bit better, I suspect it may have looked a little more impressive! :lol: :lol: :facepalm:

Image

Hard to find a reference picture for the original finish?


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: 1994 Lotus Monocoque
PostPosted: Fri Jun 28, 2013 9:35 am 
retrobike rider
retrobike rider
User avatar

Joined: Fri Aug 08, 2008 2:36 pm
Posts: 16749
Location: Yorkshire, England
That doesn't look too bad, the Mg alloy may give a different sheen/tint to it.
Which laquer was that. I'll see if I can find the person who did some nice ones. Probably someone like hte chap who does the M900/M730 crank refinishing.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: 1994 Lotus Monocoque
PostPosted: Fri Jun 28, 2013 11:39 am 
Gold Trader
Gold Trader
User avatar

Joined: Sat Oct 23, 2010 10:33 pm
Posts: 2119
Location: New Forest
FluffyChicken wrote:
That doesn't look too bad, the Mg alloy may give a different sheen/tint to it.
Which laquer was that. I'll see if I can find the person who did some nice ones. Probably someone like hte chap who does the M900/M730 crank refinishing.


Thanks Fluff.

The lacquer (tamiya polycarbonate paint, Translucent yellow) is a little yellower than the stuff that's come off (in sheets! I reckon that it's a powdercoat), but as there is hardly any way to reference against original, I can't see it matters? should still look 1000x better than it does now! The tricky part is getting a VERY thin and even coat of the yellow; too thick and it turns bright yellow.

I'll get some more pics up tonight. Also, I intend to do the DIY long travel mod unless someone has a set of spare top out sleeves lying around?


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: 1994 Lotus Monocoque
PostPosted: Fri Jun 28, 2013 6:16 pm 
Gold Trader
Gold Trader
User avatar

Joined: Sat Oct 23, 2010 10:33 pm
Posts: 2119
Location: New Forest
Pics.

You can see that it's not a bad match, once you consider that the 'polished' metal underneath is actually grey! You can see what a 5 second hit of brasso can do too, back to a mirror finish in seconds.

Image
Image


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: 1994 Lotus Monocoque
PostPosted: Sat Jun 29, 2013 5:34 am 
retrobike rider
retrobike rider
User avatar

Joined: Fri Aug 08, 2008 2:36 pm
Posts: 16749
Location: Yorkshire, England
What's interesting is they are the MAG21 SL, technically not the SL/Ti
What are the four crown bolts and 4 brace bolt/bosses made of?

Iirc, the SL colour was a bit less shiny and fraction darker than the SL/Ti. Oddly I don't remember the SL being marketed.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: 1994 Lotus Monocoque
PostPosted: Sat Jun 29, 2013 10:27 am 
Old School Hero
User avatar

Joined: Sat Jun 01, 2013 11:12 pm
Posts: 197
Location: ITALY
Hi My_Teenage_Self
This bike is just beautiful.
I didn't know that Lotus made an MTB model in that time and I thank you to make me discover.
Beyond technical considerations, and as I am a designer myself, I am amazed also by the incredible “elegance“ of this frame.
I encourage you to complete this beautiful project and hope you will let us see the final result.

Xbike

Here a link to Aerotrope site that I've found on the net if someone like me want to know more about your bike
http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=htt ... CD4QrQMwCQ


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: 1994 Lotus Monocoque
PostPosted: Sat Jun 29, 2013 11:42 am 
Gold Trader
Gold Trader
User avatar

Joined: Sat Oct 23, 2010 10:33 pm
Posts: 2119
Location: New Forest
FluffyChicken wrote:
What's interesting is they are the MAG21 SL, technically not the SL/Ti
What are the four crown bolts and 4 brace bolt/bosses made of?

Iirc, the SL colour was a bit less shiny and fraction darker than the SL/Ti. Oddly I don't remember the SL being marketed.


100% SL, brake posts and bolts are steel.

From this thread: Retrobike LINK

Image

FluffyChicken wrote:
That and a fancy laquer. Sl suppose to be a green-gold colour and the SLTi a translucent gold colour.


TBH, I'm happy with it. It's more about making them presentable (they look a bit rough at the moment)... unless anyone can suggest a custom colour...?


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: 1994 Lotus Monocoque
PostPosted: Sat Jun 29, 2013 12:22 pm 
Gold Trader
Gold Trader
User avatar

Joined: Sat Oct 23, 2010 10:33 pm
Posts: 2119
Location: New Forest
xbike wrote:
Hi My_Teenage_Self
This bike is just beautiful.
I didn't know that Lotus made an MTB model in that time and I thank you to make me discover.
Beyond technical considerations, and as I am a designer myself, I am amazed also by the incredible “elegance“ of this frame.
I encourage you to complete this beautiful project and hope you will let us see the final result.

Xbike

Here a link to Aerotrope site that I've found on the net if someone like me want to know more about your bike
http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=htt ... CD4QrQMwCQ


Very kind words Xbike, Thanks! I've exchanged a few e-mails with the designer, Chris Hornzee Jones, but haven't had the chance to ring him yet. He still rides one of the pre-production prototypes!


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: 1994 Lotus Monocoque
PostPosted: Sat Jun 29, 2013 1:32 pm 
retrobike rider
retrobike rider
User avatar

Joined: Fri Aug 08, 2008 2:36 pm
Posts: 16749
Location: Yorkshire, England
How easy would it be to colour similar/tone in with the frame?

Does anything else need doing to the bike or does it all just work :-D

I'll be nicking your painting methods anyway.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: 1994 Lotus Monocoque
PostPosted: Sat Jun 29, 2013 7:24 pm 
Retro Guru

Joined: Sun Jun 19, 2011 9:44 pm
Posts: 1934
Location: wirral
If you can't work out a suitable way of sorting out the forks,why not use a pair of pace rc35's?
There carbon fork legs would look good with the frame and give it a "stealth" look too, imho.

I remember these and can I say that yours looks really good.


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 78 posts ]  Go to page Previous  1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8  Next

All times are UTC [ DST ]


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Google Adsense [Bot] and 36 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  

About Us

Follow Retrobike

Other cool stuff

All content © 2005-2015 Retrobike unless otherwise stated.
Cookies Policy.
bikedeals - the best bike deals in one place
FatCOGS - Fat Chance Owner's Group

Powered by phpBB® Forum Software © phpBB Group