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PostPosted: Mon Mar 28, 2016 2:46 pm 
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Even stripped down its not exactly a mystery...

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I have been accumulating parts over the past few months. Various forum members have helped out with my quest to find a frame but in the end it was ebay which came up trumps. Twice, as it happens!

So when the weather pics up its outside with the polishing kit and try to even out the finish a bit. New decals are in the box ready to go, along with a load of choice parts. Its not going to be a strictly retro reproduction job, some of the parts will be more modern to make it more usable, by which I mean less likely to be expensive to break! I have a couple of fork options so will see how they look as the build progresses, and I'm yet to decide what brakes to go for; yellow magura, red magura, or discs (don't shout!) since the dropout has been modified to take a disc mount.

More to follow, kettles just boiled.


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 Post subject: Re: Spring Project #1
PostPosted: Sat May 28, 2016 6:16 am 
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Made a start! Been busy elsewhere so this little beasty is still bare metal sat in the shed waiting for a couple more spare hours with the polishing wheel. Hopefully mr Gil can sort me some nice decals and I can get building. I really want to get this one rolling so hoping to get out there this weekend but spring project #2 is just about to kick off too.

Hope to get some updates soon!

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 Post subject: Re: Spring Project #1
PostPosted: Sun May 29, 2016 12:04 am 
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nice project. more pics please :wink:


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 10, 2016 4:40 pm 
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Next level of polishing has begun, bit more to do before final finish. Decals ordered from Gil so hopefully get this going soon

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Very nice, what are you using for polishing?


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 12, 2016 1:10 am 
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I know I'm gonna love this as I have a real soft spot for tiny GTs!

Ditto the above on the polishing info please.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 12, 2016 6:04 am 
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Polishing kit is a basic lot from ebay. Cost about £15 iirc, this sort of thing: 291465774826. Mine has 4 wheels I think and 3 compounds, I can't quite remember exactly but I think they are mizurna or something like that.

Seatpost in frame, clamp it in a bench vice, polishing wheel in the cordless drill and off you go starting with the rougher compound and working up to the finishing polish. Low speed, not too much pressure, and keeping the wheel moving. Nooks and crannies are a right pain, and with a triple triangle frame there are plenty of them so I used the dremel thing with a smaller polishing wheel for that. Seatpost in vice works a treat as you can spin the frame easily while working. Keep going with each compound until you see no further improvement then move on to the next. In my case, keep going until the battery dies in the drill, then decide whether it's time to move on. I think I gave the first compound two goes, then each of the later ones have had one battery's worth. Not counted but guess the battery lasts about 30 - 40 minutes.

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The smallest scratch stands out when you polish. Using a stronger abrasive perhaps wet/dry or wirewool to work these out before polishing might be worthwhile for the perfectionist but I guess very time consuming.

Little and often, as in the rubbing compound. It really doesn't need much and too much just leaves black waxy marks.

Thoroughly degrease before starting. I mean get it spotlessly clean. I missed a bit and it took ages to clean up afterwards.


Anyone with tips on final finish shout now. I'm thinking that once the finish is where it needs to be in terms of shine I need to clean the polish residue (how, any ideas?), attach stickers, and then I have some poorboys wax to seal it all in.


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 14, 2016 7:21 pm 
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Quick trip to see drystonepaul this afternoon and the bb was eventually persuaded to move, quite a bit of dry cack in there so he gave it a scrape out and chased the threads for me too, top man. So one step closer. Now just need.....

Final spit and polish
Clean down
Apply decals
Wax
Build
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 20, 2016 10:56 am 
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signing in for this one too. also a big fan of small GTs


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 21, 2016 8:34 am 
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i'm curious how this bike will end up, i used to build such a small zaskar for my daughter.


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