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Baby Colnago Super project (circa 1974)

Old 06-26-12, 08:02 PM
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Baby Colnago Super project (circa 1974)

Just received today via UPS from BlueDevil63:



















Frame has suffered very slight damage to the top and down tubes just aft of the head lugs. Ripples are mainly confined to the sides of the tubes vice bottom and top as can be seen in pics 6 and 7 above. Note there doesn't appear to be any change to the geometry of the frame - a straightedge placed along both tubes shows nothing out of line.

Plans: roll or use frame blocks to remove ripples. Drew off the top tube brake cable guides and FD boss (neither are original spec). Leave the gear lever bosses - these are said to have been an option as early as 1972. Bead-blast frame and repaint in Molteni orange to exactly match my 56cm Super.

Details point to 1974. In fact, this frame has all the same details as my '74 Super with the exception of the chromed dropouts. However, I believe the chrome there - and the fork crown, too - was re-done during this repaint.

Blasting this weekend when I see Andycapp - we were already planning on doing the Guerciotti, so what the hey. Two for the price of one (said price being a pair of old-school leather Lotto shoes in near-NOS condition).

Another project underway - two frames in a month. Oops - actually, I'll be making that three in one month. More on that at a later date...

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This will be a fun one to watch! What size is this frame?

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Will media blasting remove any of the chrome?
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VERRRY nice!

Would it be earlier than '74 given the fork tang detail? I thought '74 had the clover, like mine.
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How/what would be the least detrimental way to remove the braze-ons mentioned above? I've got a torch to heat them off. Or, we could cut/grind/sand them off. I don't think either method would be difficult just wondering which would be safer for the frame. Also you said the chrome is not stock. Do you want it removed? We can mask it and avoid the area while bead blasting if you want to save the shiny stuff.

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Originally Posted by KvltBryce View Post
Will media blasting remove any of the chrome?
It might but I'm not sure. If he wants it removed and the glass bead doesn't cut it, I figure we'll hit with a light-grit sanding disk before finishing in the blast cabinet. The chrome on the Guerciotti looks to be flaking off on it's own so I don't think that one will be an issue.

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It might but I'm not sure. If he wants it removed and the glass bead doesn't cut it, I figure we'll hit with a light-grit sanding disk before finishing in the blast cabinet. The chrome on the Guerciotti looks to be flaking off on it's own so I don't think that one will be an issue.

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Ahhhh, just curious. I'm storing the information in my brain for an impending future resto

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Originally Posted by Chris W. View Post
This will be a fun one to watch! What size is this frame?

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Chris, this little gem measures 52cm center to center - not my size, but will fit my niece perfectly

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Originally Posted by KvltBryce View Post
Will media blasting remove any of the chrome?
Andy says no, but I figure to start with the rear dropouts IOT be sure. If the DO chrome comes off, I won't be upset - I suspect it's not original. We can probably protect the crown chrome with duct tape and only go halfway up the fork blades and then use paint stripper on the remainder.

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"Baby"! Looks like a 53 or 54 c-t. I could ride that size. So could Saronni.
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Originally Posted by shnibop View Post
VERRRY nice!

Would it be earlier than '74 given the fork tang detail? I thought '74 had the clover, like mine.
Thanks, Alex

I don't think so - going by the CR List timeline, clover cutouts in all three lugs stopped in '73, so it can't be that old. Campy 1010a long dropouts were replaced by 1010b's in '75 or '76. The timeline suggests in '74 the tangs could have holes or clovers. Just as with my 56cm Super, I feel confident in saying this fits the '74 profile.

Close enough for Government work

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Cool project.

I'll be watching and learning per normal.
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I've talked to some people and they suggest clamping an adjustable wrench to the boss, turning the frame upside down and then hitting the boss with a torch. Once the brass melts, the weight of the wrench pulls the boss off and onto the floor. Apparently that ensures one doesn't heat the area too much.

For me, I think the safest way is to Dremel them off. Lots less heat involved there, plus, as many of you know, I love to work with a Dremel

Except for the chrome on the crown, I don't mind losing the DO chrome. Masking sounds like a plan!

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My original finish '73 has chrome rear dropouts so yours may be original also.

Wrap some duct tape around the chrome, bead blast everything else, use paint stripper around the chrome.
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Can I be part of your family DD? lol.
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that's awesome DD , looking forward to seeing the detailed process of this build just like in your other threads!, can't wait
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Originally Posted by Otis View Post
"Baby"! Looks like a 53 or 54 c-t. I could ride that size. So could Saronni.
Ha ha - not trying to tag her as diminutive, but she looks tiny compared to all my other bikes

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My original finish '73 has chrome rear dropouts so yours may be original also.

Wrap some duct tape around the chrome, bead blast everything else, use paint stripper around the chrome.
+1 on the duct tape/stripper approach. Very sensible.

I am sure the chrome was re-done - there are small pits that were not removed prior to re-chroming the crown, and the DO chrome is pretty thin and scraped off nearest the opening. The rear DOs also show clamping serrations under the chrome further back on the DO, again suggesting new chrome.

For sure I want to preserve the chrome on the crown; pits or not, it looks fantastic.

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I like the heat hanging wrench idea-
if you can get a small part of kevlar string(boat shop) the wrench wont absorb the heat

try this

upsidedown

with a super small flame just heat the top half of the guide, so the heat travels throught the guide to the brass, less heat on the tube.
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Originally Posted by gomango View Post
Cool project.

I'll be watching and learning per normal.
Thanks!

Dunno about learning anything from this one - other than what might be the best/safest method for removing braze-ons. This little lady is going to be a sequel every bit the same as the 56cm Super, right down to the paint and decals.

Even has the same thick BB shell all the way through; I've noticed on the early Supers I've seen that the middle area of earlier BB shells is a lot thicker (evidenced by the thickness of the metal at the clover cutout's edges) than later models.

Pretty psyched to see this one with her clothing removed

Oh, and yes - pinned construction; four in the BB and one in the fork crown.

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Can I be part of your family DD? lol.
I think you'll have to take a number, Henry

I get you, though - I hope to end up in the wills of a number of C&Vers!

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Just call me "Drew"

I just finished three hours worth of Dremel-work removing the three top tube cable guides and the FD boss. The FD boss was a PITA - that's a pretty good hunk of metal! I first used a fiber cutting wheel to remove most of the cable guides and the FD boss extension, then tried a grinding stone on the remaining bits of the bosses. Slow going. So, I reverted back to the cutting wheel and basically shaved the metal down bit by painstaking bit until I could see brass.

At that point, I got out a large file and went to town.

Once all the braze-ons had been seen to, I took the file to the small rippled areas to get an idea what the damage really was; it was rather hard to tell for sure through the paint. The ripples are very small, but can be felt - if not really seen - when down to bare metal. I was thinking to simply file down the small bumps, but the opposite sides of the tubes from the bumps have very, very shallow depressions. So, I will take the frame to Elliott Bay Bicycles for either a roll or frame block treatment.

I also cleaned up the ends of the BB shell and then screwed in a BB to ensure I hadn't messed up the facing. I'm good there.

Last but not least, I cleaned up the BB shell cutout a little and took the paint down/filed a bit - and discovered that some PO had used an engraving tool to ID the frame. I didn't remove enough paint to get the whole thing, but tomorrow I will. If it appears to be an SSN, I will keep that info to myself - and remove it from the shell. If not, I'll get a picture of that, too.

Pics of today's fun and games follow.

Old-style Columbus stamping on fork steerer:



No ding from the front brake caliper hit - also note the faint Columbus stamping:



Very faint bulge on the side of the drive side of the top tube:



Very faint depressions on the side of the non-drive side of the top and down tubes:



Braze-on brake cable guides removed:



FD boss removed and BB test-fitted:



FD boss removal site:



BB shell clean-up begins:




A pair of widgets arrived from Italy today:



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Looking good, DD. That work is about as "Drew" as your Davidson is "blasphemous"! See you Saturday...

-Andy

PS - If you have some bring a pair of old/"scrap" BB cups to screw in to protect and keep the glass out of the threads. If not we can tape over them.

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Andy: well, I did remove stuff with a Dremel, so...



I'll see if I have a beater set of Italian BB cups - I am going to bring bottle mount screws, a beat-up NR RD hanger bolt and two long screws for the gear lever bosses. These will take care of protecting all the other threads, too.

I'm looking forward to a busy Saturday at the racetrack and the bead-blasting booth. Bring an appetite for after

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Hmmmmm.....

I just noticed that this frame has a chain-peg. None of my Colnagos - not even the '83 Mexico - have one. Added later?

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