When I got this bike, there was NO chrome on it. All was rust. The frame was grease. The shifters, brakes, oh, the whole damn thing was a mess. I think I got a little over 10 hours in it. Just got her done this afternoon.
I have the handlebar tape on order and once it's done, that's it. My LBS couldn't get "gumwalls" so we went with 70PSI blackwall Kenda. The only part of the rustbucket that wasn't reused was one brake cable, the chain, and a rear dérailleur. The rust came off via "Iron Out" but unfortunately there was some finish that was just too far gone. Notice the seat is untouched. I think I might ruin the seat if I try to get the rust off. BTW, the springer seat rides GREAT!!!
This chainring was completely rusted out. The bolts didn't come out too well. In fact, one of the bolts broke completely off. I took one off of an old chainring I had laying around. It's the one bolt that ISN'T still showing deterioration.
The handlebar neck was one big ball of rust. After I got the rust off via a good soaking, there was no chrome left. It's going to be a rider, so no worries.
The SunTour Honor was rusty. I soaked it, but it had some of the finish taken off as a result. My wife rides a 20 year old Huffy that I put a Suntour Honor on years ago. Well, I pulled it today and put it on ths bike. The cassette was sticky and noisy. I hosed it down with brake cleaner, then dripped 80w90 oil through the back and let it run out the other side until it was "Oil" and not "rusty" oil. Seems to work fine now. While the cassette was off, the spoke guard, which was ALL rust, got a good soaking as well. Notice it's still pitted, but at least it's chrome.
The stickers look good here, but the one of the "P"'s is coming off. Any ideas??
Of course, no pics can show the complete disassembly of the wheels, fork, and crank. The chainwheel alone took a LOT of time, soaking, disassembly, etc. All of the grease on this bike was hard as a rock.