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    Hetchens rebuild

    Boy I don't know if I should be keeping this bike around for a re-build. The frame is in good order but needs a complete re-chrome of the stays and then it will need a two color painting and pin striping. A large cost i am sure .

    I know about guys like Ed Litten in CA but haven ot used him. I have read about a few others on this web. My mind is however wondering just where to start and pick one of these guys because I have never required such a complete redo(inc chrome and all).

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    I asked this same question of a respected CR lister about a year ago when I was thinking of having my late 60's Masi touched up (which I ultimately decided against). The recommendation, which I would assume applies equally well to your Hetchins: Brian Baylis (though not sure of his status nowadays), Ed Litton, Peter Weigle and Mike Barry. But you'll of course want to solicit other opinions.

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    Mike Barry is now retired, though he would have been a fine choice.
    Another possiblity not yet mentioned might be to contact Bob Freeman at Elliott Bay Bicycles in Seattle, as he seems to have a real affinity for British bikes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jjciiijs View Post
    Boy I don't know if I should be keeping this bike around for a re-build ... needs a complete re-chrome of the stays and then it will need a two color painting and pin striping. A large cost I am sure .
    No, get rid of it! It will cost a fortune to repaint it.

    If it's 55-60 cm's with those odd bent stays, I'd be glad to remunerate you appropriately!
    More so if it's around 58cm.
    I'll take it as-is, but pay as if its been rechromed & painted.


    Please say YES!

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    Good start on the guys to contact. In fact I contacted Bob Freeman at Elliott Bay Bicycles in Seattle and was advised because of the cost of chroming,about 400.00, I could expect about a total cost of 1000.00 for the complete job.

    Can I get contact info for ED Liten and the others? Looked up Ed and did not find a site???
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    Wonder if oil prices are driving the cost of chroming up.
    You can try Ed Litton via this contact info, unless it's out of date:
    http://www.classicrendezvous.com/USA/Ed_Litton.htm
    First thing that came up when I googled, by the way.
    The cheapest restoration/repaint is not always your best bet if you're concerned about longterm value, by the way. A miss is as good as a mile when it comes to a really desirable bike. My .02.

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    In Canada Mike Barry's painter is still active although Mr. Barry retired. For the chrome I wouldn't know for sure but Marinoni (also in Canada) certainly does it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tuz View Post
    In Canada Mike Barry's painter is still active although Mr. Barry retired. For the chrome I wouldn't know for sure but Marinoni (also in Canada) certainly does it.
    But does he have the restoration expertise? I'm not saying he doesn't - I have no idea one way or the other. But I'd want to find out before sending him my Hetchins. An aweful lot of vintage bike knowledge certainly resides with Mike.

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