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Old 08-03-20, 09:25 AM
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rustystrings61
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Serial number should be on the BB, parallel with the spindle; about 1978 or so the serial number starts getting stamped perpendicular to the spindle. This vintage they had returned to a slacker head and seat angles than some produced c.1973-74 but with less fork rake. Evapo-rust works wonders, and there's always an O/A bath option. It's been repainted, but who knows, maybe it will come off and reveal the original finish. You definitely want to soak all the components and chromed bits in Evapo-Rust, though, it won't harm the aluminum and will shock you at how well it removes rust. Good luck!
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