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RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   Scratches posted by: Marie-Pierre on 8/16/2005 at 3:32:19 PM
Hi, I'va just bought a Bike from some old man on my street. I think its a 76' Rapido. The mechanics in very good shape and there is no rust on it, except through the scratches.T he kid who owned it must of had fallen a couple of time cus the paint is all scratched... He even put stickers over the worst parts... Even the chrome on the handle bars is scratched trough! I would really apreciate some tip on how to get the bike to look better. Thank for any help you can give!

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RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   Looking for restorer for Harvard Deluxe posted by: Tim on 8/16/2005 at 12:58:23 PM
I've been contacted by the daughter of the owner of a Harvard Deluxe, possibly from the 20's or 30's, who's looking for a complete restoration of the bike. Here's what she's sent me so far:
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I'm looking for a complete restoration. It is unlikely my mother would ever be able to ride the bike again, but it has great sentimental value to her. So I'd like to restore it to "show room" shape.

The bike was given to my mother when she was a child. She is now 70. She told me it belonged to her aunt....so I doubt it was brand new.

One detail I thought was kind of cool was the back fender has little holes all along the edge. My mom explains that these were for a "dress guard" so that girls could ride their bikes without catching their skirts in the spokes.

Photos here:
http://www.bikes.msu.edu/photo_gallery/harvard/

If you're interested in possibly restoring this bike, or have information about Harvard's, please contact Lisa @ hike14ersATcomcast.net (pls. replace "AT" w/ the @ symbol).

**Passing this along as a service by the MSU Bike Project**
http://www.bikes.msu.edu

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          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - MISC: Looking for restorer for Harvard Deluxe posted by Larry Wlos on 1/3/2006 at 3:12:49 PM
Is the bike complete?I can restore bikes to show quality.




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RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   Removing a bad paint job posted by: Cathy Y. on 8/16/2005 at 2:51:58 AM
Hi! I just purchased a surrey, or quadricycle, at a flea market. It seats two, side by side, both riders have peddles, either can steer it with a tiller steer. It is supposed to be from the 1930's, but I'm not sure yet, still researching it, with little luck. Anyways, someone painted it, red over the original bright, shiny green underneath. The red paint peels off in big sheets in some places, but in other places it is more stubborn. There are also some very rusty places where no paint remains. Is there a quick and dirty way of removing the top coat of paint, without bothering the original green underneath? I would like to see how much of the green is left, before doing anything drastic. I couldn't find anything in the archives. Thanks for any direction with this. Also, this bike came from Katharine Hepburn's estate, so I want to do the right thing by it, whatever that is! I have other questions, but I'll start with the paint. Thanks again! Cathy Y.

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          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   Removing a bad paint job posted by Joe on 12/22/2005 at 8:10:24 AM
I had good luck getting spray paint off of an old Schwinn with a product called Goof-Off, they sell it in WalMArt, Kmart, and the likes, it's pretty strong so do a test area that you can't see. It didn't touch the original Schwinn paint, but wiped the cheap spray job right off. I soaked a rag and rubbed off the unwanted paint. Be very carefull around decals. Depending on what type of paint the original paint is, you could try EZ Off oven cleaner, but that's a bit more risky, again, test an area that doesn't matter or show. Goof-Off will even remove latex paint.




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RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   picking replacement parts posted by: Erik Hanson on 8/10/2005 at 5:37:52 PM
I have a 1978 Fuji S12S which I love dearly- I've had it since new and have put 10s of thousands of miles on it. The time has come to replace some worn components and I find that there is a lot of reasonably priced stuff NOS vintage component parts on the net. But i have no idea what was or is good in terms of parts by manufacturer. The original component set was Suntour but I'm not wedded to replacing the parts with the same manufacturer. Is there anywhere on the web I can find out about the various makes and models of vintage components? I couldn't tell the difference between Suntour's CX-3000 and their Edge 4050 if my life depended on it. Any help would be appreciated.

Erik

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          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   picking replacement parts posted by Joe M on 9/23/2005 at 4:14:01 AM
If it were mine, I would probably try to stay as original as posible, and if not, try to at least stay time period correct.
In 1978 or at least in that basic era Suntour's top derailleur was the Suntour Cyclone, followed by the VX GT, and then the VX series. The better component's then as well as now, offered less weight, and only sometimes better performance. Suntour Cyclone was one of the best derailleurs ever made, it was lightweight, worked well, and pretty affordable.
The Edge series I believe, was used mostly on mountain bikes, and I am not familiar with the CX-3000 all that much , but I do believe it was for index shifting. Both are a bit newer than your bike.
If cost is no object, and you want to upgrade to the cream of the crop from that time, you could go to either the Shimano Dura-Ace line, or Campagnola Record.
I have several bikes that came with and still use the Suntour Cyclone gear changers, and wouldn't change them for nothing. Also keep in mind that many of the newer derailleurs are meant for index shifting, not friction shift. In other words, you will need to upgrade the entire system, as well as posibly your sprockets and freewheel.
Also, remember that as far as value goes, a bike is only original once, a general rule of thumb to restoring an old bike is to clean, polish, and get as much of the original equipment back into shape as you can.

          RE:RE:RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   picking replacement parts posted by scott baxter on 11/21/2005 at 1:33:34 AM
I bought a NOS Suntour VX GT rear der, and come to find out that a special tool is needed to replace one of the pulleys, a kingsbridge lock nut tool I read. Where can I purchase such a tool, or should I just hunker down with my dremel and fabricate?

          RE:RE:RE:RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   picking replacement parts posted by Joe on 12/22/2005 at 8:04:51 AM
Try an older bike shop, they may still have those, but if not, go to the local auto parts store and by a piece of brake tubing that matches the diameter, put a 90 degree band in it, and go to work with that Dremel.

          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   picking replacement parts posted by D. Demerest on 2/25/2006 at 2:29:44 AM
I would like to restore an early 80's Fuji Royale 12 speed.Can I possibly get replacement decals for it?
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RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   KRATELOAD posted by: ROD on 8/1/2005 at 5:30:05 PM
Does anyone know how to restore pre-'67 Schwinn non-reflected crate pedals without damaging them? I have a pair of '63's(Corvette) & '64's(Starlet III). Thanx!

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          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   KRATELOAD posted by cam on 1/28/2006 at 7:11:27 PM
first you have to wash them with asid tone than take a tooth brush and skerap them if that doesent work than use steel wool




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RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   KRATELOAD posted by: ROD on 8/1/2005 at 5:30:05 PM
Does anyone know how to restore pre-'67 Schwinn non-reflected crate pedals without damaging them? I have a pair of '63's(Corvette) & '64's(Starlet III). Thanx!

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RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   KRATELOAD posted by: ROD on 8/1/2005 at 5:30:05 PM
Does anyone know how to restore pre-'67 Schwinn non-reflected crate pedals without damaging them? I have a pair of '63's(Corvette) & '64's(Starlet III). Thanx!

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RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   Steel Wool posted by: Flavio Figliola on 7/28/2005 at 7:23:51 AM
I forgot to add, use a very fine steel wool along with this Lubricant Spray Grade of steel wool #0000

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RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   Chrome parts(light suface rust restoration posted by: Flavio Figliola on 7/28/2005 at 7:00:59 AM
Well for anybody That Has bikes with light surface rust on the chrome parts Handle Bars, Pedal Cranks,Rims, Seat Posts etc. What Works really well is a All Purpose Lubricant Spray . I have sprayed entire Raligh Superbe with it and it didn,t harm anything on the bike because the Spray is fortied with a Silcone. this spray is Called CRC spray. You can get this spray at almost any Car Quest Auto Parts Store.

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RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   "Antiques Roadshow FYI" Wednesday posted by: Vin - Menotomy Vintage Bicycles, Inc. on 7/19/2005 at 11:19:03 PM
July 20. Wednesday night at 8pm on PBS (WGBH, channel 2 in Boston).

Not sure about other markets, and only 90% sure it will be showing in Boston on Wednesday the 20th.

You'll see bikes from the 1930s to the 1960s. I'm not sure if we'll be on for 30 seconds or a couple minutes.

Vin - Menotomy Vintage Bicycles, Inc.
http://OldRoads.com

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RESTORATION TIPS - WHEELS:   Huffy Daisy Daisy posted by: Jack on 7/19/2005 at 7:33:56 AM
Help --------- What are the correct Wheel & Tire size for a
Huffy Daisy Daisy circa 1960
My wife's father stored hers but lost the wheels
Thanks

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          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - WHEELS:   Huffy Daisy Daisy posted by Bikesavage on 5/3/2006 at 4:37:21 AM
26" X 1.75" chrome rims and WW tires.




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RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   fork problems posted by: Blue on 7/18/2005 at 2:38:52 PM
I have a late 50's lady's schwinn tornado and the bolt on the goose head of the fork has been cut off. I need to replace it but do not know how to remove it. I have another fork on the same size schwinn american from 1961. will it work for the tornado? but it also won't budge. PLEASE HELP. I would really like a working bike.

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RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:    posted by: Flavio Figliola on 7/15/2005 at 5:55:45 AM
hi, Yes I,m Not the much of bicycle restorer, but i have a friend that sells new and used bicycles here in jersey, he calls me up because i told i was looking for a old schwinn to restore and what do you know he had come across a old schwinn autocycle , so i said to my self, let me test my skill it was pains taking work the orignal finish was some what there.Due to the bike being possible stored out side for years. i had sand to where i left just enough orignal painted pinstripping on the frame and fork. i sanded until i had a smooth finish, then i taped off the front part of the frame. Since A lot of the older schwinns with the cantilever frames and the two tone paint on tank , frame, and front fork as well, for shcwinns as well as any other balloon tire bike with fine detail i personally recomend a fine line tape by 3M it really works well and it won,t stick like masking tape will,oh don,t forget the red oxide primer. i gave the frame and fork a good three heavy coats. final coats i had taken the frame to auto paint and supply shop so they could duplicate the paint that was needed after painting the frame and fork a dark carmine red which perfectly matches the oringnal finish, i took a very fine steel wool to smooth any roughness and then just cleaning the frame and fork with a damp towel or lint free cloth,and then two to three coats of a clear coat gloss lacquer let dry , and then sand clear coat with a fifteen hundred grit sand paper or two thousand grit sand paper becareful not to sand through the paint,again wipe frame, fork, with damp cloth let dry, then i use a red compound paste turtle wax preferably rub throughly on two new painted frame,fork, etc and then buff with a soft terry cloth towel, Well that's about enough restoration tips i have. Well Happy Restoring

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RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   JC Higgins posted by: John Beast on 7/13/2005 at 1:23:25 AM
where can i get general info on jc higgins ladies bikes?

and can anybody indentify this bike, biue whith white lines through it looks like it might have benn a schwinn but has the jc higgins eblem painted on it balloon tires Thanks!!

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          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   JC Higgins posted by kim on 7/13/2005 at 11:42:32 AM
There is a ton of information on JC Higgins bicycles in the archives here, including over a dozen pictures of them in the Picture Database. (For some reason they are in the database in 2 places as: "JC Higgins" and "J.C. Higgins" with periods after the J and C)

          RE:RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   JC Higgins posted by john livezey on 8/30/2007 at 6:26:00 PM
Hi my name is John, my grandfather gave me his pre 1950s JC Higgins bike. not sure what year. I want to restore it. I do need some parts. Tank, chain gaurd, etc..what i need to do is send a pic to someone who could tell me what it is. I could use the help. Thanks

          RE:RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   JC Higgins posted by JIMMY POWELL on 9/4/2007 at 6:15:20 PM
I AM TRYING TO RESTORE A J.C. HIGGINS BICYCLE 26" AND I NEED A CRANK SHAFT, TIRES AND A LIGHT FOR THE FRONT
FENDER.

          RE:RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   JC Higgins posted by Thomas on 8/16/2008 at 8:42:43 PM
We found this bike a few weeks ago and the only markings I foud was "kome Super. And I found out that this is a JC Higgins (sued to be sears after wwII. Could you please help us locate some information on this bike?

          RE:RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   JC Higgins posted by Mike on 2/17/2009 at 3:54:17 PM
I'm restoring a J.C. Higgins bicycle prob 1930's, I need those white wall tires and that is it, and understand they are hard to come by. Is there any substitution tire that'll work on those rims, or anybody know where to purchase them?

          RE:RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   JC Higgins posted by bryan on 5/2/2010 at 8:52:15 PM
as like others,,looking for the white walls for the 26 girl,s higgins,,,,mail with buying info,thanks,my bike is around the 1948,,or so year,

          RE:RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   JC Higgins posted by kenneth on 7/4/2010 at 7:39:10 PM
got a bike , I was told it was a 1952 JC Higgins girl's 2 speed . cant find any info on it . did they have a 1952 with a 2 speed




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RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   Locaating pictures posted by: Bob on 7/9/2005 at 8:02:39 AM
Does anyone know where I can locate pictures of a middleweight Columbia Torpedo when new? From what everyone has told me this bike shhould be of the late '50s early '60s era but it has a serial number from 1947; so I'm not sure where to go for the "when it was new" pictures.

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