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Old 01-05-17, 07:19 PM   #1
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2000 Paramount 853 questions

Hi picked up a 853 Paramount for 250.00 as a late Christmas Present. The catch is the seat post is stuck and the paint is all chipped up on the top tube. Question is what is the correct seat post diameter 27.2? Is touch up paint available?
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An 853 frame should have a 27.2 seatpost. I would remove the bottom bracket and seep some WD-40 and/or PB Blaster into the seat tube while keeping the frame upside down for a few days and then try to remove the post. Clamping the post in a vice and twisting the frame carefully has worked for me after a lengthy oil soak in the past.

As to the paint, if it is very bad I would send the frame to Waterford to have it repainted. If it is not so bad you might be able to buy the correct touch up paint from them as they specialize in restoring Paramounts of every era. If you don't care that much you could probably find a decent match at a hobby store.

Post some pictures please.
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sounds expensive . . . if the paint is that bad, just get it blasted and start over, and as for the stuck seatpost, good luck.
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They supposedly built ~ 750 of these, numbered sequentially. Do you mind sharing your frames s/n for the record?
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it might be a 27.4mm seatpost - some 753 and 853 are (my 753 is).
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Old 01-06-17, 12:01 AM   #6
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Frame S/N 00442 ,56 cm Dark Blue. Will try to get pictures later today
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Old 01-06-17, 12:40 PM   #7
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Here is link to pictures enjoy. https://www.flickr.com/photos/116667304@N04/?
853 paramount 9 by galon783, on Flickr
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What the heck? It looks like it was flailed with chain! Nice find. Looks like it'll be an awesome rider.
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What the heck? It looks like it was flailed with chain! Nice find. Looks like it'll be an awesome rider.
Yeah lots of chipped paint... Better just give it to me!
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Yeah lots of chipped paint... Better just give it to me!
Ha, well played, but, on account of my contribution of dismal humor to this thread, I think I am first dibs for a free Paramount.
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What the heck? It looks like it was flailed with chain! Nice find. Looks like it'll be an awesome rider.
personally I always flail with a flail.

that is me on the left.
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get the seat tube/post soaking right away with something...liquid wrench was the standby but PB Blaster might work better in some situations. While you wait for a miracle, search for stuck seat posts. We have all had them.
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SUCCESS!!!! Seat post is on the bench, ugly white patch on top gone. Mother nature 0 degrees here, some salt water+ice , some boiling water, a 2 ft pipe wench, a heat gun, a rubber mallet and 1 1/2 hr time
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SUCCESS!!!! Seat post is on the bench, ugly white patch on top gone. Mother nature 0 degrees here, some salt water+ice , some boiling water, a 2 ft pipe wench, a heat gun, a rubber mallet and 1 1/2 hr time
Congrats

Ok - I understand the pipe wrench, heat gun and mallet, --- but where does the salt water, ice, and boiling water fit in the picture?
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Congrats

Ok - I understand the pipe wrench, heat gun and mallet, --- but where does the salt water, ice, and boiling water fit in the picture?
those are what you ask your wife to get, just to get her out of the room during the difficult birth.
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Boiling water & heat gun to heat & expand the steel seat tube then stick the aluminum post in the ice water to cool and shrink the the aluminum post. hopefully get enough clearance to break corrosion bond
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those are what you ask your wife to get, just to get her out of the room during the difficult birth.
Oh Crap, that's funny!
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