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Old 11-16-21, 09:24 PM
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70s Jack Taylor

Iím curious about the hive mind thoughts on this early 70s Jack Taylor. Itís a 25.5Ē frame, no fork, dent on the downtube and flat spot under the downtube near the head tube (but top tube is fine). Pretty beat up, but it is a Taylor. Value?



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Old 11-17-21, 08:56 AM
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appears it may have begun life as a Tour-Of-Britain model, the shop's nominal road racer

if the Reynolds transfer is legible it may show this name

the under bottom bracket cable routing and bottle mounts mark it as being in the later part of the decade


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Looks like possible front end damage. Might explain why there’s no fork.
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Agree that it appears to have suffered a header. The down tube appears bent just beyond the lug.
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Is that a creased downtube just below the water bottle bosses?
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Well, can’t say I’ve learned much about potential value so far. As far as dents and bends, yeah, I saw that. Interestingly top tube is straight but downtube is a bit tweaked:

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Originally Posted by juvela View Post
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appears it may have begun life as a Tour-Of-Britain model, the shop's nominal road racer

if the Reynolds transfer is legible it may show this name

the under bottom bracket cable routing and bottle mounts mark it as being in the later part of the decade


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Fwiw, serial # corresponds to 1973.
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Looks like someone wrapped duct tape around the down tube to attempt to hide the bend.
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Wall art at this point. Is that a large dent on the lower section of the down tube?

To the right person, it still might have some value as wall art. I sold a wall art Chicago Paramount recently. Not for much, but it kept it out of the scrap bin.
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Wish that beauty was intact with a fork. Love the color.
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...I would not take it on as a project, without the original fork or something close to it already in hand. So that makes it worth nothing to me.

By the time you find an appropriate fork, straighten the head tube, fill whatever wrinkles remain in the down tube, paint and decal it, and then build it up into a bicycle, you've got about three times what you could sell it for invested in it as a project. It's not that I haven't done that before, but it was driven by nostalgia, not dollars and sense.

And knowing your history, you would insist on replacing the down tube, and better paint than I can do at home here. Just try not to think about it. You can't save them all.
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Well, canít say Iíve learned much about potential value so far. As far as dents and bends, yeah, I saw that. Interestingly top tube is straight but downtube is a bit tweaked:

Is that a crack in the lug connecting the down tube to the head tube? This bike suffered a hard frontal impact. I add to the votes for wall art.
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I would accept it as a gift and promise to replace the downtube, find a suitable fork.

add all that and paint / transfersÖ
( go with the Mondrian look)

and it would still be too big and upside down in regard to final value.
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It’s far too big for me. I facilitated the purchase for a tall friend, who might keep it hung on a peg or have a local frame builder do some salvage work. Glad it’s not my call!
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