When I tell you all I paid 150 for it, I know you will groan. Circia 1971-73 I am guessing. But it has brand new tires and new handlebar wraps, the shifting is smooth and the only thing was the frame was dull and dinged up. Its a girls bike and I bought it for my wife who is only a rare rider at 53.
Head Joint does not have thread in races on both sides, one side is welded in, and then the other side race tightens the shaft in place against the bearings. I dismantled it and painted the frame yesterday, saving the decals and front tube logo with masking. It came out great. I buffed out all the rust, lacquered screws and aluminum to keep it looking clean. Dismantled the crank and polished both gears and the pant guard. Cleaned off the head joint, re-greased with Pedro's. Soaked the chain and removed 35 years of gunk. This was the year that the bearing race on the chain side is welded into the tube. There is only one bearing race on the side opposite the chain.
Here is the issue. ME ! I can only see one way to put this together. The head joint axel has a longer side and a shorter side. Longer goes into the welded in race to accept the crank. When I put it back together, the inside of the pedal opposite of the crank/chain, just rubs on the frame. Just knicks it. Seems like the whole shaft need so to come out 1/4 inch or so to keep this from happening, however if I loosen the head joint cap, the bearings will be loose. WHAT HAVE I DONE WRONG? Is there a race cup that goes in before the bearings and shaft to hold it out more? If there is I can not find it. I looked in the tube and there seems to be a place in the paint where the bearings used to rub so I suspect not but its the only think I can figure that would help. I can not adjust the pedal away from the frame as it has cotter pin locks. Everything is done and find except for this and I have been wracking my brain but can not figure it out... Please help.