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    Waterford Restoration of Paramount

    Hey all.

    I'm looking at an older paramount on fleabay, and it seems like it needs decals and a repaint... how much would that potentially knock off of a reasonable bid (it's just frame, no add'tl parts), and how hard would it be to make that frame work with modern components?

    Finally, in the event of needing a repaint and new decals, how much is that likely to run if I send it in to Waterford to do the strip and refinish?

    Would they also be able to cold set the chainstays to run a 130mm hub? Just open questions at the moment. Any feedback is much appreciated. It's a cool frame, and the old style frames have a much better fit for what I happen to like in terms of sizing...
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    Waterford is one choice, just about any established painter can get the decals. Brian Baylis did mine some years ago, I think it was $650. which included new chrome on the rear forks.
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    I just received my 64 Paramount back from Waterford. The painting [ I have chrome head lug ] and some minor repair to remove an added braze on came to about $800.00 . The paint and transfers are perfect. They had the bike for 6 1/2 weeks. I don't see any problem with them spreading the frame out to 130mm and can't imagine that it would be very expensive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by greenlakesgary View Post
    I just received my 64 Paramount back from Waterford. The painting [ I have chrome head lug ] and some minor repair to remove an added braze on came to about $800.00 . The paint and transfers are perfect. They had the bike for 6 1/2 weeks. I don't see any problem with them spreading the frame out to 130mm and can't imagine that it would be very expensive.
    I may be wrong but I thought I read somewhere that Waterford will not cold set rear triangle's? I most likely read that here so it's probably wrong. Anyway email Waterford for prices, etc. They do great work.

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    Otis,

    from the Waterford web site ( www.waterfordbikes.com )

    Your Schwinn Paramount Restoration Headquarters

    No one offers a wider range of period decals and options. In many cases, for Paramounts after 1981, they're receiving a factory finish from the original factory! We also offer a variety period colors, including Schwinn's 1970's Coppertone. Services include:

    * Spreading rear dropouts: This includes replacing the brake bridge.

    I too thought they wouldn't spread dropouts but ya learn something new every day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lotek View Post
    Otis,

    from the Waterford web site ( www.waterfordbikes.com )

    Your Schwinn Paramount Restoration Headquarters

    No one offers a wider range of period decals and options. In many cases, for Paramounts after 1981, they're receiving a factory finish from the original factory! We also offer a variety period colors, including Schwinn's 1970's Coppertone. Services include:

    * Spreading rear dropouts: This includes replacing the brake bridge.

    I too thought they wouldn't spread dropouts but ya learn something new every day.

    Marty
    Ok, that was it. They won't just spread 'em, you have to pony up for a new bridge. The right way I guess but not cheap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dbakl View Post
    Waterford is one choice, just about any established painter can get the decals. Brian Baylis did mine some years ago, I think it was $650. which included new chrome on the rear forks.
    Are those wooden rims?

    Can you tell me what them grips are? I'm looking for the same color.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jebensch View Post
    Are those wooden rims?

    Can you tell me what them grips are? I'm looking for the same color.
    Those are wooden rims; probably not period correct for the bike but something I wanted at the time. The "grips" are just red cloth handlebar tape, same as on the top tube.

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