I know we've all dealt with folks who think they've got the most amazing bike in the possession because they saw one just like it on eBay or some other place online sell for such and such a price. Well I found this mid 80's TSD Guerciotti on CL last week for $300 right in town. I figured it was gone after I emailed him and no response. So I've been selling some stuff on eBay lately and figured I'd give the guy a call as I had enough fun money for it. It looked fairly decent besides those old Scott bars and the splash tape.
So gave him a call and he seemed pretty nice and said he still had it and he could meet up near my house since he had some errands to do on my side of town and would bring it along. So I got my hopes up and he was said to look for a newer F150 so he wouldn't be some tweeker or something out of the ordinary to have something like this. He's like it's been in storage for quite a few years and don't see it getting fixed up anytime soon. So here comes the "oh I've seen these things sell on eBay for a grand but it needs a little work so I'm letting it go cheap."
Well a little work was a huge understatement to say the least. It had full Sante from the headset down to the hubs and everything in between. The frame looked like it was sitting outside and got into a fight with belt sander. The paint was no wax and ride in my opinion. I'm fine with riding them a little rough but there isn't a tube that doesn't have less then a inch long section of rash with rush. Oh wait the headtube is in really nice shape so I take that back. lol
But overall the frame didn't have any dents, fork was straight, and everything else looked fine. The seatpost just seemed different and then I noticed the binder bolt was loose and there were teeth marks from a wrench on the head of the seatpost...He was like they got it loose at the bike shop I took it so it comes out. I grabbed it and it was totally locked tight. I figured I could handle it and get it out. So here comes the haggling.
He's like I'm not firm on the 300 even though the shop in town told me with an overhaul I could get a grand easily and restored I could get a couple grand. I'm thinking oh brother one of these guys and this thing looks like it's been sitting outside for a couple of years or his storage unit has a big hole in the roof direct over this bike. Hahaha.
So right off the start I tell him this is really rough and the picture was pretty deceiving. So he's like gimme your best lowball offer because it's not going to hurt me. I'm like I can't do anything more then $100 as the components have chipped paint or any chrome on parts has rust on them. So he's like $80 and I'm like I $60 and he's like sure. I walk into 7-11(as we met up there) and get change for a 100 and walk back out and give it another look over and ask him $50 and he bites super fast. It's one of those things were you know you could of got it cheaper but I figured for a decent Guerciotti frame and fork for $50 isn't that bad even for a repaint.
So I take it home and start stripping it down and it's coming apart painlessly until the seatpost. This thing didn't budge and it's some cheesy no name aluminum post. So I flip it over and pop it a couple of times on the concrete and it's totally solid and taking chunks of my driveway. My heart starts sinking lower and this was with penatrating sprayed on both sides and it's soaking down and not just running off. I spray inside of the seatpost and a few seconds later it comes out of the top of the seat lug so that's reassuring. But it took me and my neighbor about 30 minutes with a pipe wrench and a breaker bar. This thing was screaming with each turn and I even broke the top section of the seatpost loose. But it came out and now I've got a scratched up but straight and structually good Guerciotti frame and fork. The Sante group isn't the best so it'll get tossed onto a flipper.
Sorry for the novel but this evening has been interesting to say the least. lol.
First the listing
The bike that's in amazing condition for it's age...yeah okay.