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RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   Touch up paint posted by: Rich seevers on 1/4/2006 at 12:28:44 AM
Need some touch up paint for a 68 orange krate

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RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   Touch up paint posted by: Rich seevers on 1/4/2006 at 12:28:44 AM
Need some touch up paint for a 68 orange krate

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          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   Touch up paint posted by Rod on 3/13/2006 at 8:51:05 PM
If by chance a local paint shop can't help, you can try Hyperformance at www.hyperformance.com. Goodluck!




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RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   RSW 16 posted by: Steven on 1/2/2006 at 7:15:25 PM
I have an RSW 16 that I would like to restore. It was a gift when I was 11 years old from my parents. I require new mudguards, green tartan saddle bag, original pedals, saddle. Can anyone advise where to get these parts please and offer any useful tips? I am living in UK
Thank you

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          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   RSW 16 posted by Ed on 2/1/2006 at 2:55:34 AM
Raleigh bicycles are getting harder to find good parts for in the USA at reasonable prices. EBAY has a few RSW each year. Buying 2 bicycles to make one good one is a way to do it. Happy hunting Ed




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RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   W. German Mustang posted by: M. Argyle on 12/15/2005 at 9:09:35 PM
I am currently restoring a late 60's to mid 70's Mustang. It was made in Western Germany and info about it is hard (almost impossible it would seem) to come by. It is not the CCM Marauder, or anything even close. The decals on the bike are in very bad condition, so the reconditioning of these is difficult at best, and I think I have got the wrong people to recreate them (a sign writing firm). If any one has any info regarding this German made Mustang, any photos, or any advice this would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks
Matt

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RESTORATION TIPS - WHEELS:   Hard rubber tires posted by: Dave on 12/2/2005 at 4:22:16 AM
I just came across my father's childhood bike from the early 30s. It was made by the Colson Co in Ohio and says Speed Bike on it. It has the old solid hard rubber tires. Does anyone know if they can be replaced, and if so, who does that type of work. Appreciate any input/advice.

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          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - WHEELS:   Hard rubber tires posted by doug on 12/3/2005 at 1:51:07 PM
If you can find replacement tires for it,The trick is to submerge in hot water which will soften up the tires and allow them to come off the rims New ones go on the same way good luck No real good tire connection ideas though do a google search i suppose.

          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - WHEELS:   Hard rubber tires posted by Joe on 12/22/2005 at 8:00:00 AM
What size are the hard tires, I have may have some here, even some sets.
Mounting them isn't too bad, it depends on the tire itself and the type of rim, some go right on, others take some work. You will have to heat the tire in hot water to get it to 'roll' onto the rim.
I doubt if these tires are even still made, especially the bicycle sizes. If it's a 20" bike, you can get modern airless tires that my work, but they are expensive.




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RESTORATION TIPS - WHEELS:   Hard rubber tires posted by: Dave on 12/2/2005 at 4:22:16 AM
I just came across my father's childhood bike from the early 30s. It was made by the Colson Co in Ohio and says Speed Bike on it. It has the old solid hard rubber tires. Does anyone know if they can be replaced, and if so, who does that type of work. Appreciate any input/advice.

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RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   Taylor Trike Restoration posted by: John on 10/21/2005 at 3:50:35 PM
I have a thirties vintage chain driven trike that I am interested in restoring. The trike has everything with the exception of the front fender and frame badge. The seat pan needs recovering and is missing the seat springs. Any help with resources or contacts would be appreciated. Any other restoration tips would be appreciated also.

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          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   Taylor Trike Restoration posted by paul viner on 11/21/2005 at 12:12:44 PM
Hi John,i have just completed a restoration on a 60s trike made by a SOUTH AUSTRALIAN company called super elliott.i will try and send some pics.unless you have restored bikes in the past the only advice i can give is DONT THROW ANYTHING OUT,TAKE YOUR TIME IN WHAT YOU DO,SPEND AS MUCH MONEY AS YOUR BUDGET ALLOWS depending obviously on the rarity of your machine AND IF YOU ARE GOING TO ALTER THE ORIGINALITY OF THE BIKE TRY AND USE PERIOD BITS.From what i know about mine it seems to be fairly rare.Would you believe i have on of their tandems as well,next project.also take as many digital pics at every stage of restoration,helps when you put it back together,send some if you can.only to happy to give advice and guidance if needed. paul viner




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RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   Decals posted by: David on 10/17/2005 at 7:52:37 PM
Where can I find decals, New or repo for Schwinn Typhoon or New world bikes

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          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   Decals posted by rod on 10/31/2005 at 4:16:58 PM
Try either Memory Lane Classics (www.memorylane-classics.com), or Maple Island Sales (www.mapleislandsales.com). Good luck!

          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   Decals posted by john Metz on 11/29/2005 at 2:11:57 PM
Try ebay-type in Schwinn bicycles. I've seen lots of decals on ebay. Good luck!




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RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   New email newsgroup dedicated to Vintage Bicycle Restorations posted by: Peter Naiman on 9/25/2005 at 3:04:13 PM
This is a personal invite to anyone interested in bicycle restorations from myself to those who may want to join a new growing list that is dedicated cycle restorations. There are no hard fast governing rules to adhere to,
and it seems like a very congenial group. So far there are about 380 members and when I joined a few months ago there might have only 30-40, so it is growing quickly. To join, click on the URL
listed below.

http://sports.groups.yahoo.com/group/Bicycle_Restoration

I just joined the Wheelmen after lurking from the outside for years and have found most lists are dedicated the either Antiques, Lightweight Racer, Balloon Tyre, or Touring bikes etc, but no group deals with all areas of interest. I'd like too see a list in which all cycle groups come together and share information. It doesn't matter what era a cycle is from, we can all share our knowledge and interest.

P.S. to all, this is a personal disclaimer. This is not an attempt by me to steal away folks from the Bob, CR Lists or other lists as I'm a member of both and plan on staying active with both. It's just nice to have another public forum with which to air information without restrictions.

Best regards,
Peter Naiman
Glendale, WI

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RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   64 schwinn , 26" posted by: brian on 9/14/2005 at 4:14:27 AM
i have a 64 girls schwinn. broke it down, cleaned it up, and now i am reassembling and have hit two snags.
1) i had to replace the crank and now the crankset wont fit. i thought schwinns were universal for parts except the wheel sizes. do i have to replace it all? i want to keep as much original as possibe and the crankset is in great shape.

2) the headset is bizarre. dont know if it was tinkered with over the years, but there is no top head race. looks like the frame is grooved to be the race. and when i put everything in place there is a large gap between the pieces so nothing is snug and i have a lot of wobble in the fork? i know i didnt lose any parts. is this a design shwinn used or do i have to get a headset too?

appreciate any help

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          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   64 schwinn , 26 posted by Joe on 9/23/2005 at 4:22:42 AM
As far as I know, all Schwinns back then used a Schwinn spec Ashtabula crank, different threading, and posibly width?

Schwinn used two common headsets, the standard upper and lower cup style, and the Deluxe headset, which looked more like a British or European headset, the top bearing race was inverted, the top cup screwed down over the race which was pressed into the frame. Both types look very different from the other when installed. All Schwinn threads are usually 26 threads per inch.

          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   64 schwinn , 26 posted by David on 9/23/2005 at 11:52:47 AM
Schwinn used 26 tpi, most of the others of that vintage, like Huffy used 24 tpi. You may have gotten a Wald replacement set of bottom bracket bearings which was 24 tpi. It happens. Look for Schwinn only bb sets from one of the stingray websites and you will be ok. Memory Lane is one: http://www.memorylane-classics.com/ Maple Island is another.




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RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   Paint gun help posted by: marc on 9/7/2005 at 12:15:15 AM
Anybody out there have any recommendations for paint guns to paint
bikes? Is a detail gun better than a regular HVLP gravity gun with a
1.3
or 1.5 MM nozzle? I will be using PPG Enamels to correctly simulate pre
war paint jobs. Thanks for any input. Marc

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          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT: Paint gun help posted by Larry Wlos on 1/3/2006 at 3:07:48 PM
Get yourself a HVLP detail gun if your going to do bikes,I use a Sata but it is expensive,different nozzle sizes are available 1.0 works good for color and clear on bikes




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RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   1964 murray jet fire headlights posted by: Garet on 9/2/2005 at 10:01:18 PM
I have a 1964 murray jet fire and I need batteries for the headlight. I figured out how to open the tank, but I'm not sure what batteries to use. If you know, please help me out, thank you.

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          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   1964 murray jet fire headlights posted by John Metz on 9/2/2005 at 11:10:47 PM
To the best of my knowledge size D flashlight batteries
are what you need.

          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   1964 murray jet fire headlights posted by chris f on 10/21/2005 at 1:52:22 PM
hey, i just got an old murray jetfire, i opened the tank and found 2 very old, what seemed to be D cell batteries, i havent really tried it out yet im in the process of restoring and and just took the whole thing apart.

          RE:RE:RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   1964 murray jet fire headlights posted by Garet on 11/12/2005 at 2:43:37 AM
Hey I have a murray jetfire, and it took me a while to figure out how to open the tank. But once i did, i just put in two D batteries and now i have a working headlight. If it doesn't work right away, check the bulbs and make sure the wires are connected. If it still doesn't work brush off any rust that there might be in the metal parts of the circuit. Email me if you have any questions.

          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   1964 murray jet fire headlights posted by Dave Martin on 11/26/2005 at 1:24:17 AM
I may be buying an old Murray Cruiser Jet Fire X-65 from a local individual. He's asking $100. He says the headlight does work, and has all original parts--including tires. How difficult is it to get new tires, if needed? Is it easy to add some form of cargo carrier to this bike?

Thanks!

Dave

          RE:RE:RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   1964 murray jet fire headlights posted by Mike Capizzi on 1/24/2006 at 9:58:15 PM
I got an old murray jet fire bicycle and the body is in great condition except for the plastic light part that connects to the tank. Do you know where I could find or buy a new piece so i can restore the whole bike. I am not sure what year it is. But it is a mens cruiser and the stock colors were; Frame: Black, Tank: Dark (deep) Red with cream white, Fenders: Chrome. Thanks for your help.

          RE:RE:RE:RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   1964 murray jet fire headlights posted by Travis on 3/9/2006 at 3:05:54 AM
my dad needs 2 rims and a head light cover for a murry jetfire.If you know where to get 1 email me or something.

          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   1964 murray jet fire headlights posted by jerry on 7/30/2006 at 9:00:33 PM
i have a 1964 murray jetfire x girls bike.i want to sell it.everything is original headlights work.e mail me 4 photos or questions




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RESTORATION TIPS - WHEELS:   Hub Repair-Firestone Pilot posted by: D. Warner on 8/24/2005 at 3:28:32 AM
How do I repair/replace a nonfunctioning rear hub for a circa 1940 Firestone Pilot, ladies bike, skip-tooth? Also, what is this bike worth as resale?

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          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - WHEELS: Hub Repair-Firestone Pilot posted by The Wrench on 9/30/2005 at 1:04:55 PM
Open it up, find the non-functioning part, replact it, reassemble.

          Firestone Pilot posted by Stewart Cummings on 1/13/2006 at 7:34:22 PM
I have a Firestone Pilot bicycle and unfortunately, I have to part with it. I am moving back to Canada and this bike is too heavy to ship. It's in great shape and I have all the original parts. Obviously the paint is not in perfect shape, but mechanically it is sound. How much should I sell it for?

Thanks for you time.


Stewart




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RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   enamled Westwood rims posted by: Andy on 8/23/2005 at 10:31:21 PM
Hello i have an 1about 1930 Rudge-Whitworth Coventry 3-speed, and my biggest problems are the rims. The front rim was enamled in black it was the older one; the rear rim was chromed but in spite of this painted in black. Were painted or only black rim usual? And how i should paint/colour my rims without running down between the firts brake-action? (please excuse my bad english)
Or where i can buy black rims?
Many Thanks
Yours sincerely
Andy

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          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   enamled Westwood rims posted by Larry "Boneman" Bone on 9/27/2005 at 8:18:05 PM
Black rims ... and other black items that were normally chrome were due to a scarcity of available chromium during World War II and quite the norm for that vintage machine.

Probably the rear rim was at one time replaced and painted over to match the balance of the machine.

Nice find!

Cheers

Larry "Boneman" Bone




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RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   schwinn locking fork posted by: joe c on 8/17/2005 at 3:16:36 PM
can someone tell me how to remove the handle bar shaft from the locking fork on a 1950 phantom?

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          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   schwinn locking fork posted by dave on 8/17/2005 at 3:46:51 PM
yes

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