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1980s Harry Quinn road bike

Old 05-31-21, 02:37 PM
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1980s Harry Quinn road bike

Hello ladies and gents,

I've recently acquired a rather beautiful vintage road bike. Unfortunately I can't upload any photos as this is my first post, but it really is in great condition. The frame is a Harry Quinn, I believe the decal places it between 1981-85. The brandname and the crest at the front have been painted over but you can still see them in outline if you look closely, and I've been told that the lugs also suggest it's one of his.

The other specs are as follows:
- Triplex seatpost
- Campagnolo athena headset
- Campagnolo nuovo record levers
- Suntour sprint rear mech
- Suntour sprint front mech
- Suntour sprint chainset
- Suntour chain
- Modolo brake levers

My mechanic told me that if I were to replace the cheaper components and kit it out all with all Campag parts, it might be worth a fair bit. But he wouldn't put a price on it. Anyone here care to have a stab?
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Old 05-31-21, 03:06 PM
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If you put the pic in the "Albums" part of your profile, someone can dig it out and post it for you.

The bike might be worth more with all Campy parts, but you couldn't recoup the cost of acquiring them with the final sale price, so don't bother. Parts mixes were fairly common back then, with thrifty young racers choosing the individual components for function and value rather than worrying about having a complete gruppo. If it's been repainted and it's missing decals, that might be the biggest thing driving down the price.
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Originally Posted by straytom View Post
Hello ladies and gents,

I've recently acquired a rather beautiful vintage road bike. Unfortunately I can't upload any photos as this is my first post, but it really is in great condition. The frame is a Harry Quinn, I believe the decal places it between 1981-85. The brandname and the crest at the front have been painted over but you can still see them in outline if you look closely, and I've been told that the lugs also suggest it's one of his.

The other specs are as follows:
- Triplex seatpost
- Campagnolo athena headset
- Campagnolo nuovo record levers
- Suntour sprint rear mech
- Suntour sprint front mech
- Suntour sprint chainset
- Suntour chain
- Modolo brake levers

My mechanic told me that if I were to replace the cheaper components and kit it out all with all Campag parts, it might be worth a fair bit. But he wouldn't put a price on it. Anyone here care to have a stab?

sounds nice to me, what cheap parts is he talking about? Do you already own the Campagnolo parts to replace what he recommends taking off? If your not going to keep it I’d suggest overhauling it and passing it along as is.
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I wouldn't change the parts seems like whoever built the bike choose about the best parts from a function standpoint even know the Suntour sprint mech were not top of the line they are about the best working of the early 80's DR's. As for value can't really say for sure without pics since by description it may have paint issuei but I would guess it's in the $500 range if everything is good.
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There are now pics in my albums, if someone could retrieve and post them for me that would be grand. Thanks.

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Harry Quinn Bike for Restoration.

Just got hold of a Harry Quinn bike 1970s?
Mix of Campagnolo and Dura Shimano parts with different levels of condition and rust.
The frame is gold in colour but has a lot of surface rust that l cleaned off with some steal wool. Do I respray or leave as is and throw a lacquer on the frame with the mixed original frame showing through or just leave as is and buff with T Coat.

it needs a new saddle.The front facing screw to remove the handle bars is corroded so l may have to cut with a hacksaw to release.
The handle bar post us stuck and won't release after unscrewing and loosing the ball bearings.

The saddle post is badly corroded but usable. Most parts seem OK but have some rust. The brake horseshoes are fine but the main springs are rusted but seem firm.
Oracle Hubs and Mavic wheels.l think.

What tool do l use to release the crank shaft? Chain is gone.

All in all not in too bad of condition.

Any advice for restoration would be forthcoming and appreciated.

Thanks
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Old 07-22-21, 01:31 AM
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Harry Quinn Bike for Restoration.

Harry Quinn Bike for Restoration.
Just got hold of a Harry Quinn bike 1970s?
Mix of Campagnolo and Dura Shimano parts with different levels of condition and rust.
The frame is gold in colour but has a lot of surface rust that l cleaned off with some steal wool. Do I respray or leave as is and throw a lacquer on the frame with the mixed original frame showing through or just leave as is and buff with T Coat.

it needs a new saddle.The front facing screw to remove the handle bars is corroded so l may have to cut with a hacksaw to release.
The handle bar post us stuck and won't release after unscrewing and loosing the ball bearings.

The saddle post is badly corroded but usable. Most parts seem OK but have some rust. The brake horseshoes are fine but the main springs are rusted but seem firm.
Oracle Hubs and Mavic wheels.l think.

What tool do l use to release the crank shaft? Chain is gone.

All in all not in too bad of condition.

Any advice for restoration would be forthcoming and appreciated.

Thanks
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Originally Posted by straytom View Post
There are now pics in my albums, if someone could retrieve and post them for me that would be grand. Thanks.
That would be this bike? Nice! Whatever its current value in your market, I don't think adding Campag parts would increase that value by as much as the parts would cost you.

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Old 07-22-21, 04:21 PM
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Suntour Sprint parts are nice ! -- Source some Suntour shifters for a more unified build rather than convert it to Campy

Pretty bike , even if it is a repaint
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