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1979 Japanese-Made frame for my daughter

Old 09-11-17, 01:28 PM
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1979 Japanese-Made frame for my daughter

I picked up this orange frame as a complete bike to part out for a different project. My daughter showed interest in helping me build her a bike so we're going to make it in to a single speed, cruiser/campus bike for her. She gets to paint it.


My little brother gave me some nice, US-made 26" rims with Deore hubs and some nice calipers to put on it too. The rear hub should be super simple to convert to single speed and get the chain line right because it's a cassette freehub. I have some flat bars we'll throw on there too.


Not sure if 70s Montgomery Wards bikes built on a budget qualify as classic/vintage but I think it will be pretty functional, comfortable and cool when it's done.
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I love the color! Nice find!
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I love the color! Nice find!
Haha yeah. $10 on CL. I think my daughter is going to paint it pink or seafoam green though!
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Old 09-15-17, 11:54 AM
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Had to widen the fork openings a bit to fit over the axles of the SWEET wheels my brother gave me!


Thanks for the pro tips Tom!
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Should be a great project! With those kind of bikes, you can do no wrong.

I have a bike I picked up knowing it would not fit me. Great parts though. Good news is that my 12 yr old son was finally asking for a road bike. This should fit him perfect. 1983 Nishiki pro tour
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Old 09-16-17, 02:23 PM
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Looks like an awesome, inexpensive, lightweight, and useful bike!

I have so far loved working on this steel frame! So forgiving!
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Old 09-16-17, 10:21 PM
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Originally Posted by 3speedslow View Post
Should be a great project! With those kind of bikes, you can do no wrong.

I have a bike I picked up knowing it would not fit me. Great parts though. Good news is that my 12 yr old son was finally asking for a road bike. This should fit him perfect. 1983 Nishiki pro tour
I am guessing your kid's taller than mine 😂😂😂 my 10 year old will be on a bmx until she's 17 at this rate!!
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Old 09-18-17, 08:18 AM
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Progress update: See pics - (purists and pro mechanics please ignore)


Frame is ready for paint, just need Madie to pick out a color. Also built the rear wheel this weekend, I wound up using a 26" wheel off an old Huffy lying around. I managed to remove the 6 speed freewheel from the hub with a hammer, a punch, and a pipe wrench.


I swapped the freewheel cassette with a single speed freewheel from the 700c wheels which came on my track bike. I invented a tool as you can see: I used a pair of needlenose locking pliers and shoved them in to the openings made for the removal tool, then I put the pliers in a vise to prevent the jaws from moving under torque, then just turned the wheel left!


All that's left to do now is paint and assemble. I have all parts except for maybe brake cables, thinking I should buy those new instead of reaching in to the scrap bin. Oh I guess also need to have a chain built; there's a LBS here that will custom fit and install SS chains for $7.95.
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Old 10-03-17, 08:06 AM
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Almost done!

Just needs chain grips and brakes!
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All done thanks to my LBS for the chain/grips for $16
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Nice!

What brand of paint did you use?
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Looks good! Nice color too.
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Bike as found: $10
Parts: $16
Paint: $10?

Time spent with daughter on project: Priceless.
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Originally Posted by gugie View Post
Bike as found: $10
Parts: $16
Paint: $10?

Time spent with daughter on project: Priceless.

So true!


And yeah, the cost analysis is just about right
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Originally Posted by RandolphCarter View Post
Nice!

What brand of paint did you use?


I think that's Rustoleum, nothing special, but we did use a white primer and clear coat... I can see all of our mistakes lol! 1st time painting a frame/fork!
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Looks good! Nice color too.
Thanks! She picked it! I am colorblind as all hell!
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Nice work. I was impressed with your use of the pliers as a freewheel tool!
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Originally Posted by davei1980 View Post
I think that's Rustoleum, nothing special, but we did use a white primer and clear coat... I can see all of our mistakes lol! 1st time painting a frame/fork!
Ah, well from the pics it looks quite good!
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That looks like my Dutchess that was all spot welded together, even the tubes. I decided it wasn't worth salvaging.

But, it should be fine for a kid for a few years.
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Excellent, very nicely done. If I were you I would buy an extra can of the exact lot of paint you used on hand.
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Excellent, very nicely done. If I were you I would buy an extra can of the exact lot of paint you used on hand.
I have already had to touch it up for the bumps and bruises which were inevitable during final assembly!
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Originally Posted by Hardrock23 View Post
Ah, well from the pics it looks quite good!
Thanks again. 1st build, was quite fun. So much fun that I picked up a 1984 Nishiki for a single speed project for myself!
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