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Old 11-20-20, 06:12 PM
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Wing Nuts - Brand???

Does anyone recognize these wing nuts. They were original issue on a late sixties or early seventies Torpado...

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The fact that they were still on the bike amazes me! Sorry, can’t help with any info.
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I don't know a brand, either but they looked familiar so went looking and found ONE (wonder where the other went?) which is close but doesn't exactly match, making me think there's more than one that followed this "style" or it evolved over time. The Rear wingnut I have has a longer "shaft portion" and the "coined" ring seems larger in diameter to yours, plus tho it seems like it should rotate, this one will not. I wondered if mine was brass cause the plating is nearly perfect and no rust. No all is steel but the plating (chrome or more likely nickel) is heavy and shines. It does not thread on any 10x1mm threaded hollow axle, cannot be sure of the threading but maybe Italian (?) and certainly for a solid axle.
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Don't know if they are a "brand". Just "galletti".

https://www.ebay.it/itm/galletti-e-p...IAAOSwI~5e3WPl
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They look to be 60's Galli but hard to tell with no markings since several of the Italian makers used this design.
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Originally Posted by 3speedslow View Post
The fact that they were still on the bike amazes me! Sorry, canít help with any info.
Actually, the Torpado is incredibly complete and original. In fact the bike is so "all there" that I decided to go with an accurate restoration, 700c patterned steel clincher wheel rims and chrome steel three piece hubs, Campy Valentino transmission, original fenders, original Gaslo handlebar end caps, steel seat post and saddle clamp assembly, galvanized spokes and that awful but surprisingly comfortable plastic saddle...





Though I want to achieve original appearance, I will have to paint the fender set. The rust has done a wee bit too much damage. Will go with the same color that I choose for the bicycle (might just paint it yellow again). I wonder how yellow fenders would work..?


In another BF member's thread, I indicated that the entry level Torpado is a pretty much under rated bicycle. I have owned several and, believe it or not, I actually put top of the line Torpado Professional on hold so that I could do this lower level bicycle. The Torpado Professional will be addressed next Summer...
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I’ll believe you Randy if you say the fenders need repainting but to my eyes, they look great! How hard will it be to match the yellow?
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Iíll believe you Randy if you say the fenders need repainting but to my eyes, they look great! How hard will it be to match the yellow?
The chrome is pitted in a multitude of places, hence my thoughts on repainting them to match the bike...


Though I am leaning towards full restoration, paint, art and all. Full or just street restored, the bike will remain original with no upgrades planned. But the idea of having a junk bike, sporting its years of patina growth, appeals to me also. If I go that route, I will be riding it next week, if my hands get better (they are improving but still a bit worried about being able to pull the brake levers - arthritis). To that add that it is pretty darn cold out there today and today is nothing compared to what a whole bunch of tomorrows will bring (burrr, pooey-stinko).

How hard to match the yellow? Not hard at all since, if I do paint, the whole bike will get painted. This time, even though I do not like to paint a bike, I feel painting is warranted. The art is all but gone (I do have a Made in Italy sticker and one Torpado head badge sticker, plus the rest of the art is readily available from Velocals). There are so many paint flaws that any attempt to touch up the paint would end up looking like some kind of disease on the frame. Plus, the tube set is anything but special. No tubing decal even exists but both the previous owner's name and phone number are etched into the paint/frame. To paint or not to paint - that is the question? Brush or rattle can - another question? Enamel or lacquer? Clear top coat or not?

The answers to the above are - yes, brush, enamel and no. That otta do it...



I am still in the cleaning and appraisal process. Though the chrome on the fenders is cosmetically challenged, the frame chrome is pretty darn good. That is great since poor frame chrome, to me, is as bad as a dent or bend.
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