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04-19-21, 04:04 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 270
Posted By Doug Fattic

Simichrome works great but I didn't get far with...

Simichrome works great but I didn't get far with it before I realized I needed to do a bit more surface preparation (like some kind of fine sanding) before going to the polish. Well at least I think...
04-19-21, 03:51 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 270
Posted By Doug Fattic

How to polish old aluminum rims shiny again?

Actually I know how I've done it successfully in the past and can do it again. However I also know that various people might have a better method than mine and I'd like to hear some options. The rim...
Forum: Framebuilders
04-19-21, 08:22 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 441
Posted By Doug Fattic

In that case maybe Andy can send you a picture of...

In that case maybe Andy can send you a picture of his chain indenting tool. Its pretty cool. If you already have a decent set up, others could benefit from seeing how Andy does it.
Forum: Framebuilders
04-18-21, 09:25 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 441
Posted By Doug Fattic

My long winded response could be boiled down to...

My long winded response could be boiled down to Practice 1st if you are determined to try it. If I was going to anneal some part of a good frame, I would definitely practice 1st. And I have more...
Forum: Framebuilders
04-17-21, 09:45 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 441
Posted By Doug Fattic

gilmo, how much experience do you have using any...

gilmo, how much experience do you have using any kind of brazing torch? I ask because I've taught hundreds of people how to braze. Most beginners have certain patterns they have to overcome in order...
Forum: Framebuilders
04-17-21, 05:53 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 165
Posted By Doug Fattic

One company in the US that specializes in various...

One company in the US that specializes in various handles is Reid Tool and Supply in Muskegon, Michigan. That is where I got my adjustable handles to replace the cheap plastic ones that came on my...
04-16-21, 06:54 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 1,618
Posted By Doug Fattic

When I started making frames in the mid 70's, I...

When I started making frames in the mid 70's, I had to make a frame's seat tube long enough to fit a fairly short Campy seat post. I wasn't aware of longer seat posts until the mountain bike craze. A...
04-14-21, 08:54 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,233
Posted By Doug Fattic

I asked my friend and colleague Rich Gang...

I asked my friend and colleague Rich Gang yesterday about Wayne Evans. Rich lives in Denver and has his shop in Golden. Rich knows Wayne well and says he is the kind of guy to stay out of the...
04-13-21, 09:30 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 575
Posted By Doug Fattic

Yes and I have no idea how it can be done. it...

Yes and I have no idea how it can be done. it takes a 4mm allen key to install and remove.
04-13-21, 09:26 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 550
Posted By Doug Fattic

Yes of course I can do it but I haven't had a...

Yes of course I can do it but I haven't had a chance to do much painting lately. Covid has brought more interest in learning how to build frames and I'm having trouble finding enough time to teach...
04-13-21, 08:03 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 575
Posted By Doug Fattic

No, I have a nice 9" tool room South Bend lathe...

No, I have a nice 9" tool room South Bend lathe but I'm not that versatile
04-13-21, 07:53 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 575
Posted By Doug Fattic

Well you got me off the coach watching History...

Well you got me off the coach watching History Detectives on PBS and down to my basement were I have 2 NOS Campy Record Triple cranks. In my frame shop I have a digital calipers. The distance not...
Forum: Framebuilders
04-13-21, 03:40 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 441
Posted By Doug Fattic

I'd be surprised if anyone built frames around...

I'd be surprised if anyone built frames around 27" wheels after the 70's but it is possible. Any dent in a heat treated tube creates the possibility of cracking where the dent is located. I've seen...
Forum: Framebuilders
04-13-21, 11:31 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 441
Posted By Doug Fattic

There was a problem with 753 chain stays breaking...

There was a problem with 753 chain stays breaking when it 1st came out. I had 2 Raleigh frames come through my frame shop that had cracked chain stays. That scared me off of getting my 753...
04-12-21, 04:14 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 411
Posted By Doug Fattic

I've had a couple of framebuiding class students...

I've had a couple of framebuiding class students choose those lugs. There are 2 different sets very similar to each other. I don't remember where my students got them or if they were in my large...
04-11-21, 07:09 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 371
Posted By Doug Fattic

Everything points to Jim Redcay being the...

Everything points to Jim Redcay being the builder. He worked in Lambertville, NJ right across the Delaware River from New Hope, PA in Bucks county north of Philadelphia. It is a touristy art center....
04-09-21, 09:29 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 653
Posted By Doug Fattic

Nice of you to check in with us. Door county has...

Nice of you to check in with us. Door county has terrific bicycle riding. In the summer that area of the US doesn't usually have the heat and humidity that is typical further south. One of my retiree...
04-08-21, 05:04 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 484
Posted By Doug Fattic

I've seen generators somewhere that are placed in...

I've seen generators somewhere that are placed in that area. They contact the rear wheel in the center rather than the side of the tire. I don't remember how they were activated. Sheldon Brown...
04-07-21, 07:12 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 551
Posted By Doug Fattic

Just to add a bit to what merziac said, it is the...

Just to add a bit to what merziac said, it is the corners and edges that cause the scratches. I'm a frame builder so it is not effort for me to take one of my fine toothed files and put a slight...
04-07-21, 07:53 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 262
Posted By Doug Fattic

Huffy is a brand of bicycles that were made...

Huffy is a brand of bicycles that were made originally near Dayton, Ohio. They were the cheapest kind of bicycles and sold through big box or megastores like K-Mart or Walmart. They were not sold by...
04-06-21, 10:58 AM
Replies: 161
Views: 5,149
Posted By Doug Fattic

Thanks for keeping me from a curiosity death! A...

Thanks for keeping me from a curiosity death! A quick check of 1908 quarter eagle values indicates it has a worth around $500. The 1908 quarter eagles didn't have any mint marks that year - which...
04-06-21, 10:17 AM
Replies: 161
Views: 5,149
Posted By Doug Fattic

I don't know anything about pocket watches but...

I don't know anything about pocket watches but the gold coin on the chain is valuable. I can't tell enough from the pictures but is that a quarter eagle (2 1/2 dollars) or half eagle (5 dollars)...
Forum: Framebuilders
04-06-21, 08:12 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 455
Posted By Doug Fattic

One thing I want to mention about doing pin...

One thing I want to mention about doing pin striping and that is pin striping specific paint has more pigment so a couple of applications is not necessary so the paint color underneath is not...
04-05-21, 09:20 PM
Replies: 161
Views: 5,149
Posted By Doug Fattic

When I was a sophomore in HS in 1963, I went with...

When I was a sophomore in HS in 1963, I went with my parents to Rwanda Africa where my dad a doctor was director of a hospital. On the way we stopped over in Switzerland (among other places) where my...
04-04-21, 08:05 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,988
Posted By Doug Fattic

Niles is a town of 15.000 that used to be a...

Niles is a town of 15.000 that used to be a manufacturing hub but of course most of those companies have closed. It is just across the state line from South Bend, Indiana and Notre Dame University. A...
04-03-21, 06:06 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,988
Posted By Doug Fattic

This same question about who made these AMF...

This same question about who made these AMF frames came up on the Classic Rendezvous list and George Mount responded: No "mystery. Marinoni made bikes one year and Eisentraut another year. I have my...
04-02-21, 09:54 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,988
Posted By Doug Fattic

I didn't build it. In the late 70's and early...

I didn't build it. In the late 70's and early 80's I built a few frames for IU guys that rode in the Little 500. By that I mean their personal frames and not what they rode in the 500. I remember one...
Forum: Framebuilders
04-02-21, 03:53 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 455
Posted By Doug Fattic

Joe Bell is the one that got me started using the...

Joe Bell is the one that got me started using the Kemper Fluid Writer. I think that is what all my pro colleagues use now too. I've used a number of tools/methods over the years. Paint pens were...
Forum: Framebuilders
03-30-21, 06:56 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 560
Posted By Doug Fattic

For those that don't know, the angle between the...

For those that don't know, the angle between the plugs are fairly easy to bend to any angle. I have a bunch of 1' long rods with a diameter of about 3/4" with holes drilled in the ends to match the...
Forum: Framebuilders
03-30-21, 01:52 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 560
Posted By Doug Fattic

What are the diameters of the plugs? I'm sad...

What are the diameters of the plugs? I'm sad there isn't HJ IC parts for my framebuilding class students anymore. The variety of lug angles and his horizontal dropouts had an ease of use that...
03-29-21, 08:38 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 561
Posted By Doug Fattic

Mark, when I took home a lot of equipment from...

Mark, when I took home a lot of equipment from Johnny Berry's shop in Manchester in 1975, I also got a bunch of D section fork blades. They came with many different fork rakes and wall thicknesses...
Forum: Framebuilders
03-26-21, 10:25 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 345
Posted By Doug Fattic

There are several factors involved with choosing...

There are several factors involved with choosing a piston type of air compressor including whether it is a single or two stage. It also can make a difference on how big a tank you have. A single...
03-24-21, 02:19 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 361
Posted By Doug Fattic

Dave's rule only works as an over simplification...

Dave's rule only works as an over simplification guide for a casual inquiry. I'm sure he did it as a way to easily explain C - T measurements without getting into the weeds of where a non-existent...
03-24-21, 10:44 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 361
Posted By Doug Fattic

Since you are in the Classic and Vintage forum,...

Since you are in the Classic and Vintage forum, that implies that you are looking at understanding frame sizes made in a former era. In America right after the bike boom of 1970, many of our best...
Forum: Framebuilders
03-21-21, 10:38 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,886
Posted By Doug Fattic

Lots of my framebuilding class students are...

Lots of my framebuilding class students are retirees wanting to do something interesting with their lives before they die. All of them learn to braze just fine (although some of them wouldn't have...
Forum: Framebuilders
03-21-21, 10:25 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 463
Posted By Doug Fattic

Let me know if you got my email with the...

Let me know if you got my email with the instructions in attachments. Sometimes my emails get blocked or rerouted to a junk mail folder. Also you probably want me to send you the templates you can...
Forum: Framebuilders
03-20-21, 09:22 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 463
Posted By Doug Fattic

JaraNS, I went to England in the 70's to learn...

JaraNS, I went to England in the 70's to learn frame building partly because I wanted to shape my own lugs. I got a Hetchins when I was still in college to tour England and that frame showed me that...
03-19-21, 01:41 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 2,138
Posted By Doug Fattic

This looks like a very nice solution to your...

This looks like a very nice solution to your dilemma of not having a brake with a long enough reach. It looks better and provides more upper clearance than a drop bolt. I'm happy for this subject...
03-18-21, 10:31 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 964
Posted By Doug Fattic

Now I'm wondering if the Paramount Tourist model...

Now I'm wondering if the Paramount Tourist model has a different seat angle than the standard model. I thought it had longer chain stays but I don't remember. Years ago a repainted lots of them but...
03-18-21, 09:35 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 964
Posted By Doug Fattic

I'm wondering if the geo of your Paramount with...

I'm wondering if the geo of your Paramount with upright bars is the same as their drop bar road models. It is possible that it is different. Looking at your picture of your blue bike, the seat angle...
03-16-21, 06:00 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 966
Posted By Doug Fattic

If there are any bicycle frame builders in your...

If there are any bicycle frame builders in your area, they will have the tools and knowledge to know how to cut and install headsets properly. The fact that he didn't know what the spacers were for...
03-13-21, 07:10 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 412
Posted By Doug Fattic

The "CR" on the seat stay caps might mean it is a...

The "CR" on the seat stay caps might mean it is a Charles Roberts?
Forum: Framebuilders
03-12-21, 09:26 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,386
Posted By Doug Fattic

As I've written in previous posts, your biggest...

As I've written in previous posts, your biggest enemy to getting a smooth glossy paint surface is water and oil coming from the compressor through the air line to your paint gun. A piston type...
03-11-21, 01:30 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 2,138
Posted By Doug Fattic

Kurt, I'm not sure I understand. Are you saying...

Kurt, I'm not sure I understand. Are you saying something more than just filing the slot longer is necessary? The back of the arm where the back of the brake block holder rests against it requires...
03-10-21, 10:03 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 2,138
Posted By Doug Fattic

I'm going to agree with Germany_chris and suggest...

I'm going to agree with Germany_chris and suggest filing the slot a bit longer. Of course I am a frame builder that knows how to file with the big variety of files on my pegboard. If done right, it...
03-09-21, 07:59 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 455
Posted By Doug Fattic

Wheels manufacturing makes nice headset spacers...

Wheels manufacturing makes nice headset spacers that work well with threaded headsets. They come in all kinds of thickness up to 20 or 30 mms. I like to use them with extra steerer length when the...
03-03-21, 11:34 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,369
Posted By Doug Fattic

1n 1987 to promote Sante components, Shimano...

1n 1987 to promote Sante components, Shimano teamed up with Bicycling magazine to sponsor a contest asking frame builders to make a bicycle with Sante components. The winner would be awarded $3000....
03-02-21, 09:57 AM
Replies: 93
Views: 3,845
Posted By Doug Fattic

I'm a painter and looked at this paint job with...

I'm a painter and looked at this paint job with amazement. It is really beautifully done. I think the description that every single fluer-de-lis was placed individually is a bit generous. Those I...
03-02-21, 09:15 AM
Replies: 93
Views: 3,845
Posted By Doug Fattic

I've been fond of pretty lugs ever since I got my...

I've been fond of pretty lugs ever since I got my Hetchins from Alf 50 years ago. It was their simplest lug design and had straight rear stays. I still have it. In fact designing and cutting out my...
Forum: Framebuilders
02-26-21, 09:21 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,386
Posted By Doug Fattic

It is a great gun and you won't be sorry. It is...

It is a great gun and you won't be sorry. It is perfectly suited for painting bike frames. Keep its setting to a round spray pattern. The control is the top knob. I don't know anything about...
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