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RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   painting bike for first time posted by: gary on 1/18/2003 at 10:48:35 PM
Hi, I'm new to bike restoring and need some advice.What kind of paint do I use? Something from the auto parts store okay? Also, where can I find bronze wool for the chrome? How much does it normally cost to rechrome parts ( handle bars, fenders) Thanks for your help. Gary

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          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   painting bike for first time posted by sam on 1/19/2003 at 11:51:42 PM
Best advise anyone could give is to first go to Mark's web site.www.bunchobikes.com check out his Phantom project and other stuff.Reading is cheap--paint an't!Try the book "how to restore your collector bicycle" by William Love ,get all the knowlege you can then jump in and have fun--sam

          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT: painting bike for first time posted by Steve on 2/28/2003 at 7:02:22 AM
Chrome plating isn't cheap. As an example, I recently paid $260 for wheel rims, crank, fork, seatpost, and a pile of small parts, mostly derailleur and headset pieces.




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RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   Schwinn Typhoon posted by: Christopher on 1/12/2003 at 12:55:47 AM
A neighbor gave me a Schwinn Typhoon mens bicycle today.It needs a COMPLETE restoration.It's black,has white rims with pinstripes.It appears to be a early 1960's vintage.I'd like to do a complete restoration of this nice bicycle,but have a few questions.....

How do I go about re-creating the painted lettering on the bicycle??

Where do I find the serial number in order to determine the year of the bicycle??

Are chrome parts avalable,or do I need to have these parts re-chromed??

What was the finish on the fender struts??

Thanks in advance for any help,this is a great site.

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          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   Schwinn Typhoon posted by Christopher on 1/12/2003 at 4:14:49 AM
I found the S/N..It's G426277 am I right in assuming this is a bicycle from 1952?? Thanks,Christopher

          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   Schwinn Typhoon posted by MNSmith on 1/12/2003 at 9:13:04 AM
Your bike is actually a 1964 model.

What you call painted lettering is actually water transfer decals. Memory Lane Classics might have them. www.memorylane-classics.com

Chrome parts are available. Depends on which ones you need.

The fender braces are cadmium finish.

www.bunchobikes.com

          RE:RE:RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   Schwinn Typhoon posted by Christopher on 1/12/2003 at 3:23:20 PM
Thank you for the info!!




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RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   HUFFY HEADBADGE posted by: Mark Hoskins on 1/11/2003 at 4:18:04 PM
I just bought a huffy 12speed and it just sticker for the
headbadge. I wonder do they make matel headbadge for huffy?

thanks. Mark

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          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   HUFFY HEADBADGE posted by sam on 1/19/2003 at 11:43:54 PM
Yes they did make metal headbadges for huffy in the 40s through 60s or 70s.Try ebay.




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RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   saving a fork? posted by: Lincoln on 1/8/2003 at 4:00:24 AM
Have been looking for forks for a Reynolds 531 frame I'm trying
to turn back into a bike. Was given this really neat looking
Tange chrome fork, but some bozo must have attacked it with an
oversize wrench as the threads seem to have been damaged somehow.
I can wind a nut over them easily, but the outside diameter has
been reduced by maybe .025", so I think they won't hold a nut well.
I'm wondering if there's some cost effective trick for fixing this?
If I had access to a machine shop I might turn an inner sleeve to
splice and braze a piece on to replace the affected area, but
I don't. Thanks.

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          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   saving a fork? posted by Jeff R on 1/13/2003 at 12:03:10 AM
Check the thread pitch. You may have a Raleigh nut 26 tpi and a regular threaded fork 24 tpi.




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RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   repairing rust posted by: paul v on 12/30/2002 at 10:10:57 AM
how does one go about removing rustlumps under the paunt,they have actually penetrated through the paint but are still quite visible.

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          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   repairing rust posted by MNSmith on 12/31/2002 at 3:00:30 AM
What you have is called cancer. The paint will need to be removed in the affected area, the rust removed by grinding or other methods, the spot recontoured ( filler, lead, brazed, etc. ), then primed and repainted. Hopefully, none of the structural integrity of your part is intact.

www.bunchobikes.com

          RE:RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   repairing rust posted by MNSmith on 12/31/2002 at 3:02:21 AM
"Hopefully, none of the structural integrity of your part is intact." should read "Hopefully, none of the structural integrity of your part is affected."

          RE:RE:RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   repairing rust posted by paul v on 1/1/2003 at 6:42:00 AM
i dont really want to remove all the paint because the frame has lovely lining and decals.its only a locally made bike but it looks quite nice when its clean.




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RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   Nickel plating,etc..... posted by: Steve on 12/29/2002 at 2:10:17 PM
Hey folks:
Got a couple questions about restoring a real antique...A circa 1890's Keating "Grand" womans bike...All there except for a broken lock bolt on the spoon brake...The nickel plating is gone in a few places and I was wondering if anyone knew of a plater around the Ann Arbor,Mi. area that does good work and absolutley,positively won't lose any pieces...
Leather saddle is still there,although it has a cut-out in the middle with a "basket weave"(Also leather) in it that has a 2 broken strips...I've had pretty good luck bringing old Brooks saddles back to life,but I'm wondering,worse case scenario,if anyone knows of a place that can do a copy of it...
Rims are hickory(?) and I've been told the wheels are in amazing shape other then the need for restoring...Question I've got on these is are they safe to ride on yet??? Geez,they're light!! Got alot of experience riding on some pretty light wieght tubular/rim wheels, (Oh yeah,anyone got some NOS Campy parts they want to get rid of cheap for my Crescent 10-speed??? lol)but am I asking for trouble trying to actually ride this occasionally?? Gotta replace the tires,of course... Does Coker do these,or anyone still for that matter??? Thanks for any input I can get!!! Steve

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          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   Nickel plating,etc..... posted by MNSmith on 12/31/2002 at 2:55:05 AM
As far as the saddle goes, there are a few people around this country that will restore what you got. Cycle Art comes to mind. www.CyclArt.com

Others, who are knowledgeable in these really old bikes, should be along to answer your other questions.

www.bunchobikes.com




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RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   Bike Registration Stickers posted by: P.C. Kohler on 12/27/2002 at 5:16:29 PM
I am sure this has been addressed before, but here goes:

Is there a wonderfully easy way to remove those awful bike registration stickers that are usually plopped right over a nice decal??

P.C. Kohler

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          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   Bike Registration Stickers posted by Stacey on 12/28/2002 at 11:43:22 AM
Wonderfully Easy? No. The varietys of adhesives used on stickers is astounding! Some will peel off quite easily while with others, nothing will budge them short of a Thermal Nuclear Device.

Your best course is to start as non-invasive as possible. Bring the bike inside and get it warm, then with a hair dryer heat up the sticker, see if it starts to loosen. If that dosen't work, I've used Ronsonol Lighter Fluid with a great deal of success... tho' caution is warrented here, it is flammable AND contains Naptha. If that dosen't work there are commercial preparations available at the paint department of your local auto parts store designed specificaly for just such a job. When it comes to leaving the decal intact... All bets are off. Good luck!

          RE:RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   Bike Registration Stickers posted by P.C. Kohler on 12/28/2002 at 3:08:30 PM
Thanks, Stacey... see I was hoping there would be some miracle fix, you know the kind that invariably uses some combination of baking soda and white vinegar!

P.C. Kohler, digging out the hairdryer

          RE:RE:RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   Bike Registration Stickers posted by P.C. Kohler on 12/30/2002 at 4:58:06 AM
It WORKS! Thanks!!

          RE:RE:RE:RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   Bike Registration Stickers posted by Stacey on 12/31/2002 at 3:22:57 PM
GREAT! You're welcome :-)))))))) How'd the decals fare?




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RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:    posted by: Andy on 12/26/2002 at 2:44:21 AM
Help please!
I've got an alloy-chrome(6061) Redline racer and i want to get ride of the redpaint which is located by the rear dropouts as well as the headset area.Any ideas how i can do this easily and without damaging the chrome?

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          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:    posted by Andy on 12/26/2002 at 2:49:25 AM
Maybe use some paint stripping solvents?But i believe this might be quite a harsh method....




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RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   WANTED posted by: ISAAC RAY on 12/23/2002 at 4:45:44 PM
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!stingray frame!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!I AM ALSO LOOKING FOR A 20IN LOWRIDER FRAME. ANY CONDITION. I LIVE IN THE S.F. BAY AREA. ANYONE CAN HELP E MAIL ME IKEAGUIRRE14@NETSCAPE.NET THANK YOU. ALSO LOOKING FOR A EXTENDED TWIST FORK CROWN AND CHAIN STEERING WHEEL CHROME.

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RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   house of kolor posted by: isaac ray on 12/20/2002 at 1:56:43 AM
where can i get a hold of some house of kolor paint in my area. i live in the san francisco bay area. thanks

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          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   house of kolor posted by a friend on 12/22/2002 at 4:26:14 AM
Issac, go to your local automotive paint supply. Ask them too show you the kolor chip book for Kustom Kolors. Then check out the base coats they offer too achive different shades towards your intrest.




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RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   Question??? What is the best way to remove headbadge rivets?? posted by: Darrell Slifka on 12/18/2002 at 7:23:48 AM
My question is: What is the best way to remove the rivets from the head badge and not damage the head badge? Thank you in advance. Darrell

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          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   Question??? What is the best way to remove headbadge rivets?? posted by a friend on 12/19/2002 at 4:53:43 PM
Darrell, This is tricky but, with a little patients I have done this. Take a jewlers file and some duct tape, just enough too cover the rivet head that surrounds the badge. This will also keep the face of the badge from becomming damaged. Then start with the file cutting into the rivet head like you were cutting a slot too incert a screw driver. Make sure that the cut is thin and straight and deep enough so the screw driver will bite. Now, that the rivet head is slotted take your 4inch shank screwdriver no longer than that, so you have tool control, with back and forth motions very slowly, so you don't distroy your slot, work it loose a little at a time. This works for me when I take my time. Once you see it seperate from the badge start too remove it with a counter clock motion.

          RE:RE:RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   Question??? What is the best way to remove headbadge rivets?? posted by Gralyn on 12/24/2002 at 2:10:34 AM
I once removed them by going inside the head tube and pushing them through from the inside. Once they cleared the head badge - I took a pair of wire cutters or needle-nose plyers and pulled them out.




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RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   S/W Cadet disassembly/restoration posted by: David on 12/17/2002 at 8:45:16 PM
I recently acquired a Stewart-Warner "Cadet" (white-face, green numbers) speedometer. It buzzes a bit when I turn the drive gear; otherwise it appears to function. Anyone out there have any experience in disassembling one of these things? And is there a way to re-set the odometer? I'd like to keep it in lieu of getting a more modern speedo. Something about that retro look I like...

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RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   Tip on touchup paint posted by: Kim on 12/13/2002 at 2:18:16 PM
Here's a great tip:

For fixing scratches on paint use nail polish.

My daughter has this big bag of cheap (inexpensive) nail polish in many different colors, including many that have little silver flakes in them. The ones with the flakes work great on touching up bikes with metalic paint.
All of these nail polishes leave a great glossy finish, too.

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RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   Scratched chrome! posted by: Skip on 12/11/2002 at 3:05:50 PM
A word to the wise:
NEVER NEVER NEVER use steel wool or tin foil on chrome. I received a bike I bought from an Ebay seller that looked great in the photos but up close the chrome is scratched to heck from a steel wool cleaning.

PLEASE only use bronze wool like they sell in the kit on this site. Bronze wool is softer and won't ruin your chrome!

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RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   Serial No. help posted by: Noel V on 12/9/2002 at 10:13:55 PM
im trying to ID the year of my Schwinn Lowrider the Serial No is MN506773 can anyone help

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          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   Serial No. help posted by Skip on 12/11/2002 at 3:04:47 PM
1977

          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   Serial No. help posted by thanks on 12/13/2002 at 7:39:02 PM
thanks

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