This is another of my Freecycle fleet. It's a post- death fork recall Viscount, not an Aerospace frame and I think it's late 70's or very early 80's. It looked like that was left from original was the frame and fork, and maybe the cranks but I'm not sure. I can't find much info on the later non-Aerospace Viscounts. It's quite light and wears a lot of patina.
(Note: this is a rolling project, newer pictures further down in the thread)
I got it as a backup for my commute and it started as a zero budget tyres-only build with flipped bars, jacked out seatpost, no back brake and no front dérailleur:
Didn't need any of this
It didn't ride brilliantly like that and the single brake on chrome rim was useless at best. I still needed a backup bike but this was too uncomfortable to ride over the distance. I decided to put it back to how it might have rolled when it was a bit younger with alloy parts instead of chrome steel or black plastic, and some drop bars with suicide brake levers.
This is pretty much what it's looking like so far and it rides much much better. Alloy seatpost hiding in there, unknown make alloy bars, Weinmann non-aero brake levers, Wilkinson
At the back I was thinking of going single speed, but it's got a 5 speed freewheel which is well seized on and I just can't get it to let go. Instead I picked up a chrome Huret dérailleur for peanuts to replace the mangy black plastic one:
Then I started getting extravagant and splashed out on some MKS quill pedals, which I put some chrome toeclips with red straps on:
I need to get some fresh pics and do something about a saddle and wrapping the bars. Other than that I'm riding it as it is.