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Old 03-04-22, 09:00 AM
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Well....starting the morning out right. I finally finished the KHS. Finished off the FD stuff today and taped the bars. One more wipedown and wax but essentially this one is ready for the road.



Just in time as another long sought after project arrived this week...

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[MENTION=94771]ascherer[/MENTION], the heads of the Jubilee's nuts and bolts are a little soft. Use a fixed wrench, not an adjustable wrench. They tend to round off.
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Originally Posted by noglider
[MENTION=94771]ascherer[/MENTION], the heads of the Jubilee's nuts and bolts are a little soft. Use a fixed wrench, not an adjustable wrench. They tend to round off.
I noted that the cable clamp bolt heads are also fairly shallow, requiring some care to get a solid grip on them.
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Originally Posted by noglider
[MENTION=94771]ascherer[/MENTION], the heads of the Jubilee's nuts and bolts are a little soft. Use a fixed wrench, not an adjustable wrench. They tend to round off.
Originally Posted by ascherer
I noted that the cable clamp bolt heads are also fairly shallow, requiring some care to get a solid grip on them.
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Yes that's true, too.
This is good process as a rule on most if not all C+V imo.

Many/most fasteners may be a bit stuck, already rounded off, soft, off size, etc, etc.

A little extra patience and care can go a long way.
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Originally Posted by merziac;[url=tel:22428414
22428414[/url]] This is good process as a rule on most if not all C+V imo.

Many/most fasteners may be a bit stuck, already rounded off, soft, off size, etc, etc.

A little extra patience and care can go a long way.
6” adjustable has been my third hand for dang near 50 years. But I know when to back off, and I also have some lovely little helpers. I found the ignition wrenches in a second hand shop in southern Vermont for about $10. The Weinmanns were inherited and live in my tool roll. Both are slim and well suited to the tasks.

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Originally Posted by 3alarmer
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...I got the painting finished up during an unusually warm spell in early February here. Started last fall. In order from left to right they are: a guerciotti, from those years in the 80's when they were equipped with mostly New Record components, a Rossin "Montreal" (rom the year they had the Olympics in that location), An early Columbus tubing Trek, a Scapin from sometime in the 1980's, and a first year Fuji Finest. I have some wheels, but might need to build up a couple of more sets.

What did you paint them with?
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Originally Posted by ascherer
6” adjustable has been my third hand for dang near 50 years. But I know when to back off, and I also have some lovely little helpers. I found the ignition wrenches in a second hand shop in southern Vermont for about $10. The Weinmanns were inherited and live in my tool roll. Both are slim and well suited to the tasks.

Its all about your comfort zone as well, when it works, it works and will be different for each of us.

I have always been a believer of the "correct" tool, method and process for a given task when first tackling them.

It is then a normal progression as we know to modify your own process as you encounter problems and adapt along the way.

My best friend in HS when I first got into bikes used a 4in. Crescent for a spoke wrench, he was pretty good at truing and I have always sucked at it no matter what I used, screwed up plenty of nipples using the Crescent.

He however never fully got the hang of BB overhauls back then where I was off to the races after my very first and have saved many along the way, never looking back.
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While trying to do some decluttering, I discovered that a broken bike box that could be cut down to ship one of my too-big frames. Which led me to getting this Rodriguez out of it's stash spot for photos. Hmmm, pics would look better if I threw some wheels under it. Hey look, I can straddle it. Say what were the measurements again? 63x57.5, close enough. I can't sell it without "riding it just once..."

So now I'm putting parts on it as I'm cleaning some boxes out. I pirated the cockpit from another bike for now, but might be able to get it out for a test ride this weekend.

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Originally Posted by jdawginsc
What did you paint them with?
...depends on how bad the original paint was. The Guerciotti was stripped to bare metal, then painted with successive coats of self etching grey primer, white primer, anc a color coat of "Candy Raz" from Krylon. The Trek had not that bad original Imron. that was damaged in a lot of places, with some rust. So on that one, I just sanded down the damaged places to bare metal, and roughed the rest of the Imron for adhesion. Rustoleum sells an excellent match for the old Trek black Imron in their Metallic Black. So that one got grey self etching primer, and a black metallic overcoat in a couple of hours.

The Fuji came stripped to chrome when I bought it. The Scapin had excellent paint and stickers when I bought it, so I just cleaned it up very well with mineral spirits, and overcoated it with clear 2 part urethane. The Rossin was another strip to bare metal and repaint in stages. I was lucky to find decals that were close to the original.

All of them are overcoated with Spray Max clear urethane from a can, including the stickers.
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Originally Posted by 3alarmer
...depends on how bad the original paint was. The Guerciotti was stripped to bare metal, then painted with successive coats of self etching grey primer, white primer, anc a color coat of "Candy Raz" from Krylon. The Trek had not that bad original Imron. that was damaged in a lot of places, with some rust. So on that one, I just sanded down the damaged places to bare metal, and roughed the rest of the Imron for adhesion. Rustoleum sells an excellent match for the old Trek black Imron in their Metallic Black. So that one got grey self etching primer, and a black metallic overcoat in a couple of hours.

The Fuji came stripped to chrome when I bought it. The Scapin had excellent paint and stickers when I bought it, so I just cleaned it up very well with mineral spirits, and overcoated it with clear 2 part urethane. The Rossin was another strip to bare metal and repaint in stages. I was lucky to find decals that were close to the original.

All of them are overcoated with Spray Max clear urethane from a can, including the stickers.
They look great!
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Not bike related:
I have been working on my nephews first car, something for him to learn how to work with. These old V's were supposed to be mechanically bullet proof, but electrically, maybe not so......What started out as a good deed \ started out fine for a low dollar car for a first timer to tinker with, but quickly turned into a wiring nightmare. I think it's sorted out now with a new wiring harness and countless hours of continuity testing.

The Brick......the almost "good"

The "bad"


The "Ugly"
2 weeks later, we now have it now running...I can attest that the term "No good deed goes unpunished" has a ring of truth to it.
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Originally Posted by 3alarmer
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...I got the painting finished up during an unusually warm spell in early February here. Started last fall. In order from left to right they are: a guerciotti, from those years in the 80's when they were equipped with mostly New Record components, a Rossin "Montreal" (rom the year they had the Olympics in that location), An early Columbus tubing Trek, a Scapin from sometime in the 1980's, and a first year Fuji Finest. I have some wheels, but might need to build up a couple of more sets.

Very nice..and you leave them in the backyard!
Looking forward to the builds.
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Shimorgasbord assembled on a 63cm Centurion Prestige frame & fork. 2x10 speed, 50-36 front and 11-34 cassette. CF stem/handlebar and seatpost. 20.8 lbs w pedals.

Need to get final handlebar height dialed in and a single spacer, Velocals etc.
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TREK 420 - third or fourth iteration


got this a couple years ago for $80 , all original
switched it to mustache bars. Flipped those upside down.
then drop bars
now swept back flat bars with a near complete Arabesque group. Just need some 175 cranks.
maybe I’ll polish this SA Crankset.
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Shimorgasbord assembled on a 63cm Centurion Prestige frame & fork. 2x10 speed, 50-36 front and 11-34 cassette. CF stem/handlebar and seatpost. 20.8 lbs w pedals.

Need to get final handlebar height dialed in and a single spacer, Velocals etc.
Velocals now has the 1985 Prestige. Not sure about the 1989.
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Originally Posted by xiaoman1
Not bike related:
I have been working on my nephews first car, something for him to learn how to work with. These old V's were supposed to be mechanically bullet proof, but electrically, maybe not so......What started out as a good deed \ started out fine for a low dollar car for a first timer to tinker with, but quickly turned into a wiring nightmare. I think it's sorted out now with a new wiring harness and countless hours of continuity testing.

The Brick......the almost "good"

The "bad"

The "Ugly"
2 weeks later, we now have it now running...I can attest that the term "No good deed goes unpunished" has a ring of truth to it.
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Originally Posted by bamboobike4
Velocals now has the 1985 Prestige. Not sure about the 1989.
Thanks. The decals are a mishmash just like the components. Centurion, Prestige and older style C head decal, no shadows, all in cream. Ordered early Feb, I'll probably get them next week.
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Originally Posted by bamboobike4
Fire pending.
HA HA, I hope so .....it's fully insured
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In reality, I have done this type of work many times before so all is good.
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My old '95 truck had a battery run down problem that turned out to be a bad trailer brake control. Wound up having three other mechanics chime in before we found the problem. One disconnected the rear tail light clip and I had to go back in the air to re-connect it the next day. I love auto electric troubleshooting, it is the only by time item in the GM warranty book! Smiles, MH
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Just finished this rat-bagged IBOC, a parts bin special from '89.
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The 470 gets some day light, and a newlook with a wheelset. Dang those two just look right together.

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the unsalable Trek 420



New Kool Stop pads. Round 1 of a quick polishing the SAKAE SA cranks. Worked better than anticipated with the 2/3rds effort.
I’d love to find and Arabesque Crankset 175mm. If anyone has one.

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The 470 gets some day light, and a newlook with a wheelset. Dang those two just look right together.

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