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Motobecane #7 (Grand Record)

Old 03-01-22, 04:24 PM
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Motobecane #7 (Grand Record)

So here is my latest project, and my 7th Motobecane in the stable, a '73-ish Grand Record, in the black and red color scheme. I have a '74, same colors, and basically the same frame (531 main tubes and forks, but the stays are not Reynolds). On this one, the lugs are painted red, rather than the head tube, which remains black. Thanks to a fellow member here, I recently acquired this, and have started to rehabilitate the paint as much as possible. The frame itself is in fantastic shape, but the paint was pretty crackled (common on these) and dried out. I gave it a bath and polish, no new paint, but did a light clear overspray and polish to protect it. I touched up the lug lining, and put on a couple of fork decals I had laying around. Plan for this build is to put on a bunch of spare components I have laying around, and we'll see how it turns out!

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Paint a little dried out and chalky.....

After rehabbing the paint and clear...

Original decal, nice...

Original decal....

Original paint and decal...

This one has the plastic head badge; my '74 has the round metal one...

Original fork decals were gone, but there was a nice triangle shape in the paint for placement....
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Very nicely done!

A little touch up, couple of new stickers, and then a clear coat makes a world of difference. Splits the difference between a full repaint and leaving it as is, and you've still got a bit of patina showing through. It's like a 90% repaint without nearly as much effort.
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Very nice job addressing the paint without removing the patina. If there's one thing I really love about old French bikes it's the way the paint micro-cracks; the look is simply amazing! Bravo

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This looks great. I have a '73 Motobecane Grand Record in the same color but the paint on mine is crackled pretty bad; your's looks awesome in comparison.

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Nicely done! There's definitely something appealing about the cracks in the paint on the lugs. And the newly polished paint looks fantastic.
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Moto paint is the f'n bomb.
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