This 1974 24” Raleigh Tourist was snagged by me a few days ago.
I disassembled the entire bike yesterday and started cleaning and inspection today. A c-clamp and socket was used to press out the crank-arm cotters. The sprocket side required tightening the clamp and running a propane torch very lightly over the cotter pin area. Just a few quick applications of heat and then leave it sit….within a minute or two the cotter pin pops out.
This Raleigh did very little touring as indicated by the condition of the bearings. All were in like new condition.
The crank fixed cup was curious. It appears that it is assembled prior to frame painting and gets coated inside and out. Shown below is the crank bore looking down at the inside of the fixed cup. You can see the paint and thin wear mark from ball bearing contact. I didn’t bother removing it because it is like new and was easily cleaned in place.
It seems as though it would be straight forward to add a seal to the outside bearing race (if it was not hardened steel). Is there an aftermarket item? I’ll check into getting one machined if I can find a standard seal that will fit.
The paint was in good condition overall so I do not plan on refinishing the frame. I may touch up a few places and maybe refinish the front of the front fender.
Anyone know of a good paint match? I’ll redo some faded pinstriping while I’m at it.
Here the mighty Raleigh’s current state…
I have tires/tubes, a side-stand and cotters on order.
The chrome is a bit rough in some places but should clean up nice enough.