I have my 82 Hutch Pro Racer in pieces in the basement. I'm pretty sure I'll be able to salvage the frame, fork, bars (Buff Bars) and seat (Uni) but just about everything else will have to be replaced. A couple of questions:
1. The Hutch has the epoxy black finish and I'm worried about using any kind of strong cleaner on it - anyone have a suggestion? What about for getting old decals off?
2. I've been watching the eBay auctions for NOS BMX stuff - any other good places to find NOS BMX parts?
Do a search for the old school threads here. There's a guy that posts once in a while who can probably get you anything you need. If you're worried about paint, use a heat gun to get the stickers off, then a citrus-based cleaner.
I'm away on business, so I don't have any good links on this laptop. When I get home I'll post some for you. Are you looking to do a full NOS resto museum piece, or just restore functionality and build it into a OS-style rider?
What kind of shape is the paint in? The low tech route for that finish is an overspray of rattle can black appliance epoxy. Comes out smooth and shiny black and can be DIY for a few bucks. Higher end, you could have a local body shop spray it for you. Your best bet is to have your frame ready to go and ask them to call you when they're painting a black car. When the paint's already in the gun, spraying your bike will be a few seconds and paint that might get wasted anyway at the end of their other job, so most places would do it pretty cheap if you're cool to them. If they have to mix up and everything, expect thru-the-nose pricing.
Thanks for the info and links ettsn - I'll check out those sites.
Originally Posted by ettsn
Are you looking to do a full NOS resto museum piece, or just restore functionality and build it into a OS-style rider?
The latter...I started working with a guy who got me interested in racing again. And my son is of the age (8) where he might be interested in getting started.
Originally Posted by ettsn
What kind of shape is the paint in?
I don't think it's bad enough to need the full blown repainting you describe. It just has a lot of dirt, grease and the crap from old stickers that needs to be cleaned off. I want to make sure I use something strong enough to get all that off, but that won't eat away at the paint beneath.
If you're going to build a rider, don't get too hung up on NOS parts. They'll eat you alive in price, and many newer components are worlds better and a whole lot cheaper. For instance, a set of NOS Hutch Beartraps might set you back $800, and while nice pedals aren't really any better than some of the modern platforms that can be had for less than $50. Old school Redline cranks in NOS condition might fetch $500, but a brand new set of Redlines (similar, but improved) will be a fraction of that. As I'm restoring my 86 Haro Master, I'm swapping out a few things for modern improvements (tires, cables, pegs, grips) that might not be true to decade, but work a whole lot better. I want to ride my bikes, not put them behind glass!
PS- I'd really like to find a Radberry RL20II like the one I gave a neighbor a decade ago, but the last frame/fork on Ebay went for $700! Argh.