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The suspense is (not literally, thank goodness!) killing me...
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has your application for the ride been rejected yet? Maybe the promoter is just waiting til the day of, to have security escort you off the premises, cuz that would be more fun.
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Originally Posted by AdventureManCO
So I have a newfound respect for leatherworkers...this is WAY harder than anything I've done with metal, wood, or any other material (except maybe that rare melding of tungsten carbide, fool's gold, and solid lead).

Started skiving the leather for the bar wrap. ONLY premium veg tan leather strips will do, and I also has this laying around in the garage from another bike I pulled it off of (so, free).

When wrapped on the bars, it gives an awesome look, but the thickness of the leather (which is already pretty thin, I think this is like 2-3oz stuff) sticks up a bit and while not really that unsightly, ONLY PERFECTION FOR FEMMINA LE GRANDE!!






Because they were previously installed, there is no consistency to the leather strap - its twisted, stretched, bowed, bent, creased, curly, and bunched up. Only way is to go slowly and do it by hand.

I only got 1/4 done (1 side of 1 bar wrap) and I'm DONE. Hands are aching. Gotta space this out over a few nights. Wow.
This is why you use a leather wrap instead of tape. And just think, red leather stitched on Huffy's bars could look really nice.

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Originally Posted by pastorbobnlnh
This is why you use a leather wrap instead of tape. And just think, red leather stitched on Huffy's bars could look really nice.

Yet that would be far too easy, too non-pain-inducing, and way more convenient. Can’t have any of that!


(red leather would look good I agree)
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I checked the Lexan stash tonight to find an appropriate sheet to make the stand for display of the LeGrande during the event.

Some spare sheets of Lexan golf cart windshields that can be used for the display stand. The question is what tint to use dark or clear? And what can we use for the stable base?
The sheets may need to be cut to size here and shipped to AMCO for finished assembly with an appropriate base of high dollar walnut burl. Smiles, Inspector Honk
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Originally Posted by Mad Honk
I checked the Lexan stash tonight to find an appropriate sheet to make the stand for display of the LeGrande during the event.

Some spare sheets of Lexan golf cart windshields that can be used for the display stand. The question is what tint to use dark or clear? And what can we use for the stable base?
The sheets may need to be cut to size here and shipped to AMCO for finished assembly with an appropriate base of high dollar walnut burl. Smiles, Inspector Honk

That would be really cool. I've got some nice hardwood I can use as a base.

I'm also digging the gaspipe stand idea.

Less than two weeks to go...
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Quick update - got home around 11pm from work stuff today. Whew! It has been a crazy work week of hard/late work stuff, which has left me with very little time for the bike. Although, here and there, in the middle of the night, I've been getting little things done.

I'm going to try to get a 4-day weekend in a couple days, which means of course, LE GRANDE TIME!!!!

We are going to have the bike ridable by the end of the weekend, I guarantee it. Lots to do to get us there, but we are nearing the end of the big projects.

Next up on the list:

- Drilling the bike to recieve the rear brake adapter
- Finish up front cable guide
- Fabricate rear cable guide
- Finish the derailleur hanger

These are the 'final four' for mechanicals. Of course there are about 500 other things I need to do with this silly thing, but those are the biggest items to sort out for getting the bike actually running, which is good because they are relatively minor. All except the rear cable guide are 50% done, so I have a good platform to jump off from. By the time this bike is done, I'm going to wish I had plenty of platforms to jump off from.
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Originally Posted by RB1-luvr
has your application for the ride been rejected yet? Maybe the promoter is just waiting til the day of, to have security escort you off the premises, cuz that would be more fun.
When ‘Huffy’ to us means ‘Serotta’ to them bahahahaha



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Originally Posted by Millstone
The suspense is (not literally, thank goodness!) killing me...
All the ridiculous work on the bike is giving its best shot but I will win in the end. The bike is in the ‘bargaining’ part of the stages of grief and will soon be in the ‘acceptance’ stage. Then I win
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This very funny thread reminded me that it was necessary to do a bunch of stuff like this (but not nearly as much) to get modern components on my 1971 Raleigh Super Course. I decided to use an under-BB plastic cable guide for the front derailleur. That needed a bolt to attach it, so I drilled a hole in the BB shell and tapped it with a 5mm thread. The bolt was too long and poked the cartridge BB, and I didn't have a shorter bolt, so I had to grind that down. It took a lot of time, nor nearly the amount you're putting into your bike.

You know, once you're done, if you equip the bike with some nice tires, it might just provide a nice ride. I'm eager to find out.
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Originally Posted by wschruba
Scharf-Fix, or a clone of it from Ama/Ebay. I'd even offer to lend mine, but it's going to be too late for you to get it, probably.
I have no idea what this is, but now I'm going to have to look! No doubt part of the plan of the Le Grande to separate me from more of my money.
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Originally Posted by noglider
This very funny thread reminded me that it was necessary to do a bunch of stuff like this (but not nearly as much) to get modern components on my 1971 Raleigh Super Course. I decided to use an under-BB plastic cable guide for the front derailleur. That needed a bolt to attach it, so I drilled a hole in the BB shell and tapped it with a 5mm thread. The bolt was too long and poked the cartridge BB, and I didn't have a shorter bolt, so I had to grind that down. It took a lot of time, nor nearly the amount you're putting into your bike.

You know, once you're done, if you equip the bike with some nice tires, it might just provide a nice ride. I'm eager to find out.

We're all going to find out in about 9 days!
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Originally Posted by AdventureManCO
So I have a newfound respect for leatherworkers...this is WAY harder than anything I've done with metal, wood, or any other material (except maybe that rare melding of tungsten carbide, fool's gold, and solid lead).

Started skiving the leather for the bar wrap.
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This is why you use a leather wrap instead of tape.
Also: better tools! I can't imagine skiving with a box cutter.
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Originally Posted by Mad Honk
I checked the Lexan stash tonight to find an appropriate sheet to make the stand for display of the LeGrande during the event.

Some spare sheets of Lexan golf cart windshields that can be used for the display stand. The question is what tint to use dark or clear? And what can we use for the stable base?
The sheets may need to be cut to size here and shipped to AMCO for finished assembly with an appropriate base of high dollar walnut burl. Smiles, Inspector Honk
A recent survey of the inventory in the the Spadoni Warehouse of Objects That May Prove Useful in the Future turned up a couple of sheets of Lexan that have been languishing for some time.
So please, photos of your Lexan stand would be greatly appreciated. I may fabricate one myself. Now if I had a Huffy to work on, my efforts would be directed elsewhere..
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Today is 'Day 1 of the Last Weekend Before the Ride So I Better Get My Act Together' push. Worked really long hours this past week, so I'm taking a little extra time w/ the family. This also likely means that I'll have some extra time for the Le Grande as well.

No need to rehash what needs to be done - pictures will display the progress. Lack of photos should be very concerning and should be justly heckled!

The power of the sandals is released!
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Originally Posted by retswerb
Also: better tools! I can't imagine skiving with a box cutter.
Haha I can imagine it and it sucks pretty hard!
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Okay, time to work on the clamp!











This was pretty basic. I just needed to reinforce the tube on the clamp since I didn't want it popping off. Did some copper wire, then epoxied the wire around the clamp and tube, ala the tool that someone else posted earlier in the thread.

Also want to try to bend up that little tab on the bottom, and snug it up against the tube on the bottom side, but didn't want to try it without the additional reinforcement of the wrap.


It doesn't look half bad! It doesn't really look half good, either. I'd call it solidly mediocre
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I also wanted to shine up some stuff, for the seatpost. So! Let's remove some anodizing!






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Originally Posted by AdventureManCO
It doesn't look half bad! It doesn't really look half good, either.
That's really the TL/DR summary for this whole thread.
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Also removing some ano off of a super secret project for the bike...




I tried my 'handlebar wrap' method, but the ano on these things is tough! So into the bath we go! I did remove the rubber washers and protected the ano on the backside an the inside of the holes for durability and tolerance reasons.






I sort of forgot about them for a while (was cooking), so when I found them they looked like this...





All the roughness is just from some fine steel wool, and looks worse than it is. They will clean up fine. Polishing is next, as well as drilling into the Le Grande!
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Pulley dust caps?

I had some shaped like that, the counterbore guided my oversizing them for Simplex 6mm pulley bolts. I left mine blue, for obvious reason!

My thorough detailing efforts on vintage budget bikes usually tapers off though after only about twelve hours.
Though I'm always hoping that that is all I have invested in one or the other of these "precision steel" wonders.


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If those are pulley dust cap he can do much better by contacting Scrooge McDuck and getting a perfectly machined set of sealed pulleys in red for the LeGrande. Smiles, SM
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Yay! Who else is up at 3am working on their Huffy!?


No one?


*crickets*



Well then, I will carry the torch and keep the flame alive for all!

I've been working on the bike since 9pm, and off and on in spurts throughout the day! Does the bike appreciate it? NO it does NOT. It has been a grand battle. A Le Grande battle, to be exact (heh).

But, here is what we've accomplished today:

- Reinforced the downtube cable guide
- Modify the frame and install the rear brake adapter
- Complete (and jewel) the rear derailleur hanger
- Install rear derailleur and all the fixin's
- Install chainrings
- Mount wheels
- Disassemble and clean both Super Record front and rear brakes
- Mount front and rear brakes
- Mount levers
- Mount pedals

Ladies and gentleman, we have ourselves a rolling chassis!

Also, not on that list are the Super Record shifters. I know earlier on in the thread I mentioned that I wasn't going to do anything with them and I would drillium them up or something, but I had enough. I couldn't stand looking at them, with those hideous casting lines and dull grayed out finish. There was no way I was going to let something so ugly sit on my beautiful Huffy, so I took them off and filed all the casting lines and cleaned them up. Then! I was talking with a friend who suggested that since I already did the Jun stem, I should just do some red accenting on the other parts as well! Yes, yes...I know, mechanicals come first, but seeing as how we go 3 out of the 4 mechanicals done (and two are even mounted - the RD hanger and the brake adapter), I could spare a little time while the rest of the sane world sleeps to get a little bourge-y and take care of some straight up vanity.

Now, I know you don't believe me. You can't. There is no way that we could get this this built and ridable as early as...tomorrow? Right? Regardless of if that happens or not, I know that it will be impossible to believe where the state of the bike is at right now at this current moment, so I've got some pictures for you. Now, I'm NOT going to take full photos of the bike, because a bigger reveal is coming, and I cannot spoil it, so you'll just have to take my word at all the progress (yeah, right!).

More on all the work accomplished tomorrow as we go more in-depth and also, make that silly little part that I didn't even know I needed to.

Here is what tomorrow holds:

1. Install lower cable guide
2. Make rear derailleur cable guide
3. Clean up/polish shifters
4. Install shifters and cables
5. Install chain
6. Finish polishing seatpost parts and install + saddle
7. Polish up frame
8. Run brake cable housing
9. Install brake cables
10. Wrap bars + bar plugs
11. Have some fun with some stickers!
12. Polish rims (if I have the time)

Trust me, that is WAY less work than what I did today. I will also need to go to Ace to pick up a small M4 bolt for the RD cable stop I'm fabricating, as well as some alloy washers for the rear axle. There are a few other bolts I'd like to replace, but I'll probably just skip that for now. Right now, the only casualty from the build (well, besides the bike cracking) is that I can't find my Super Record front derailleur cable pinch bolt and washer! I have no idea where they got off to. I have one right now on the bike that works okay, but it's not the original, and NOT Campagnolo, so we'll need to remedy that immediately.

Well, enough talk, here are a frew tidbits to tide you over for now...


Installed pedals




Super Record? How about Super Ugly!


That's better!




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