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Old 06-21-11, 11:58 AM   #1
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70's? Royce Union Rebirth

Well, I couldn't resist this craigslist $10 bike. The white sparkle banana seat that was mounted to it was priceless (and it's now in the trash). Started out by yanking all the components off of it. A mish-mash of old shimano including some old Dura Ace that will get sold off later. It's destined to be a single speed and I don't know if I'm throwing just a kick brake or the kick with a front brake. I like the look of clean bars. I'll be chucking the old cottered cranks in favor of something a little more sturdy (or at least something that inspires more confidence).
My pictures are on my home computer so I grabbed some from the net. Mine looks (or looked) just like the first 2 pics and is now semi-stripped with the bead blasting cabinet. I have to scrape or soak the labels/stickers off then hit it again. Frame and forks are clean, no real corrosion at all.




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Old 07-11-11, 12:47 PM   #2
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Completely stripped and blasted and has the first coat of primer and then grabber green on it. Scraped it and have to scuff it up and do another 2 coats or more of the green. Doh! And yeah, obnoxious grabber green so nobody wants to steal it. It's pretty recognizable. I'm planning on going with a 3-speed kick-shift in the rear and sticking with just the kick brake. Nice and clean.
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Old 07-11-11, 12:57 PM   #3
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you ruined it!!! why did you paint it? the Velveeta yellow was a trademark color for Royce Unions along side the Caddilac Pearl White.
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Is there a 3-speed kick shift now? I thought just 2-speed.
Looks like a great bike for what you have planned. Pretty fancy lugs for a low-end bike.
What kind & brand of paint?
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Old 07-11-11, 07:42 PM   #5
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I was hoping nobody would ask that. I went with some engine enamel I had left over from a VW diesel I rebuilt. It's dupli-color hi-temp ceramic and I wasn't going to use it otherwise...it's kind of obnoxious, but I like it. I'll post some pics soon. And yeahm there are some 3-kicks around now...gotta figure out which one to get....just an idea so far.
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With the 3rd or whatever # coat:
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It'll get a top clear coat or 3 to get the shine to come out and the badge is masked off, no worries.
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