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RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   First Timer posted by: Rebecca on 8/31/2002 at 8:01:19 PM
Hello,
I found a bike that looks just like the one I had as a child. My husband bought it for me and I need to restore it. It has a sticker ont eh front that says "Western Flyer" It also has one that says "Murray". I have two sets of numbers. Both engraved on the frame. The first one on the neck, U1241209. The second on the other side of the neck it has, MO 2753 97. Can anyone tell me anything?

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          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   First Timer posted by sam on 9/4/2002 at 2:45:46 AM
Western flyers were sold trough western auto stores.murray built a lot of the western flyers.Other bike companys also built western flyers from other years




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RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   'to paint or not to paint' posted by: Claudio on 8/30/2002 at 9:44:29 PM
Most agree that to repaint a vintage bike is to devalue it. So, what other ways can one restore what is left of the finish?


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          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   'to paint or not to paint' posted by MNSmith on 9/1/2002 at 11:34:15 PM
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RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   rust and pitted posted by: brend_douche on 8/20/2002 at 7:56:27 PM
What is the easiest way to cover up the pitted area on a tank where rust has taken over the paint...?

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          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   rust and pitted posted by Joel on 8/26/2002 at 8:56:43 PM
Assuming you are repainting, use glazing compound to fill the pits. You can find it at any auto parts store.




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RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   i found an old rollfast posted by: erick on 8/19/2002 at 5:36:50 AM
i found this old bike. as i was stripping it, it turned out to be a rollfast, dating back to the 50's or 60's can anyone help me identify it furthur, tell me it's possible value, restore or make into lowrider, comments, suggestions?

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RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   Spray Paint Colour Match? posted by: Tim Welsh on 8/15/2002 at 10:51:09 PM
Hi whoever you are. I want to do a good, but not intensive, fix up of an old Hiawatha muscle bike frame. It has beautiful metallic burgundy paint, with white pin stripes. There are many paint chips, and I'm trying to find colour-matched spray paint to fix it up. No automotive paint I could find was close enough. Any ideas?

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          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   Spray Paint Colour Match? posted by James Webb on 8/19/2002 at 2:10:22 PM
use finger nail polish

          RE:RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   Spray Paint Colour Match? posted by Tim Welsh on 8/19/2002 at 11:51:17 PM
Should I use finger nail polish to cover up my greasy fingernails from working on bikes?

Seriously, good idea! The bike is the kind of colour that women paint their fingernails. Thanks.





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RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   1957 GOODYEAR HI-WAY PATROL posted by: RICHARD on 8/15/2002 at 2:30:54 AM
Just recently accuired a 1957 Hi- way patrol.Would like any info. about any sites containing pictures and or parts. Thanks. Richard

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RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   Serial # posted by: mike on 8/10/2002 at 4:21:32 AM
I purchased a schwinn with a jaguar mark IV chain gaurd on it but the serial # reads HO 82560. is this a 1951 frame? it looks like a 60's jaguar but the serial # does not make sense any one have any Ideas.

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          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   Serial # posted by Joel on 8/14/2002 at 6:47:08 PM
HO would make it a 7/1960 frame.




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RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   Forks posted by: Nick on 8/1/2002 at 9:43:31 PM
I have a 62; scwhin and I want to make the forks extened. Does any one know how to?

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          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   Forks posted by Hack~d on 8/8/2002 at 11:20:31 PM
Find an old Huffy. Take off the front wheel. Grab a hacksaw. Cut off the forks at the crown. Take off the front wheel of your Scwhin. Grab a hand sledge an whack the Huffy forks on your Scwhin. Re-install the front wheel on the Scwhin. Throw the huffy in the trash. See your parish priest about offering up a prayer over your Scwhin (You'll need it). Ride off into the sunset.

Good luck.




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RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   Painting my ballon bike posted by: Jeff on 7/31/2002 at 5:37:42 PM
I am going to tackle the job of repainting my ballon bike and have a question about paint removal. This bike isn't worth a whole lot and I'm sanding down the frame and fork. My question is, what is the safest way to remove the paint that covers the welds of the frame tubes? I don't want to damage the welds and so am reluctant to sand anywhere in those areas. Any advice on how to get the weld areas stripped clean? Thanks!

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          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   Painting my ballon bike posted by MNSmith on 7/31/2002 at 7:40:32 PM
You can use paint stripper available at your local hardware store. Follow the directions and use all the proper precautions! Unless you take a grinder or sand heavily, I doubt you'll hurt the welds much.

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RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   Handlebar tape residue posted by: Mike on 7/30/2002 at 7:04:05 PM
I hope that one of you restoration specialists can suggest a solvent to use on Cinelli aluminum bars from my beloved 70s Bottecchia Professional. When I removed the dried out padded Bailey III handlebar tape, I was left with hard red residue all over the bars. Someone have a suggestion that will restore the handlebars back in nice condition?

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          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   Handlebar tape residue posted by sam on 8/27/2002 at 3:00:07 AM
Fingernail polish remover showld work,then buff with polish wheel.

          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   Handlebar tape residue posted by WR on 9/17/2002 at 2:04:29 PM
Though the original message is weeks old, might try some, I believe, Goof Off, available at X Mart or your home repair stores, common, keep away from other parts of the bicycle however. It removes decals.




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RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   coaster brake assembly posted by: Fast Eddie on 7/29/2002 at 9:05:26 PM
I cannot figure out how to re-assemble a coaster brake hub. I cant get the brake shoes to stay still while I put the other peices inside the hub. Is there some kind of trick to this? I have tried everything I can think of. Please help this frustrated soul! Fast Eddie outty

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          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   coaster brake assembly posted by MNSmith on 7/31/2002 at 9:19:37 AM
The grease you are packing the hub with should hold them.

          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   coaster brake assembly posted by MNSmith on 7/31/2002 at 9:29:58 AM
You also might try assembling everything and thread the axle in last.

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RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   Carbon fiber repaint / laquer posted by: graftek on 7/25/2002 at 3:15:19 PM
I am slowly peeling the remainder of laquer of an old carbon fiber frame with the help of many rolls os scotch tape.Once I have achieved this,what type of laquer do I need to use or what paint can I use if any ??
Also can I remove the stubborn laquer with wet n dry
(silicone carbine paper) and can I improve the bare fibre finish with something before I re-laquer??
Thanks to all

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RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   Shimano 3-speed hub posted by: Joe on 7/14/2002 at 10:53:08 AM
I am looking for repair advice for a Shimano 3 speed hub. I would like to find a web site shuch as Sturmey Archer with trouble shooting tips. The hub works fine except for a "klunk or flexing metal sound in first gear"
Thanks for your help

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          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   Shimano 3-speed hub posted by ChristopherRobin2@starmail.com on 7/26/2002 at 4:39:38 PM
A exploded diagram is all I have on Shimano.
Free copy sent if you e- mail a post address
ChristopherRobin2@starmail.com

Try a used bookstore in the bicycling section
old, used bike books are invaluable sources

go to the shops ask to buy tools or see a Sutherlands book
the Sutherlands book should set you straight and it has diagrams. Go to the big library in your area. Perhaps the shop will let you peek at the books they have.
Good Luck dude!

          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   Shimano 3-speed hub posted by Martin on 9/4/2002 at 2:45:09 PM
I was able to fix my Shimano 3-Speed hub by looking at the patent diagrams on the US Patent & Trademark Office Website,
the patent number was indicated on outside of the hub.
The patent number on my hub is 3021728.

Go to www.uspto.gov and search for 'Issued patents', select 'All Years' because some of these are old patents.

Hope this helps!

          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   Shimano 3-speed hub posted by Will on 11/11/2002 at 12:45:39 AM
I found it useful to have a Glenn's Manual. My wife has a 3-speed and Glenn's is very detailed. Search around for it online...It is a worthy investment!




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RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   handle bar grips posted by: cathy mcgaughy on 7/14/2002 at 2:15:29 AM
I Have a 1958 western flyer need to change hard rubber hand grips any ideas on removing old ones thanks for any ideas....

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          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   handle bar grips posted by Wings on 7/14/2002 at 7:20:00 AM
It does not matter if you wish to keep them the removal method is the same (for me).
Take a narrow bladed screw driver and gently slip it under the grip -- even if it only lifts the last .5 inch up. Squirt hair spray between the grip and the bar and turn the bar so the spray runs into the grip. If it is really hard rubber use a very very small screw driver (.2 inch or 2 to 3 mm) to slip under the grip and reapeat this hopefully going deeper each time. The hair spray should be from a pump conatainer -- not from a pressurized container.
Then twist it and it should come off. If not put a small rod (like an SA pin) under the grip, spray, and roll the pin, spray, roll the pin and pull.

If that does not work get a big hughe tub and fill it with hair spray (extra firm) and sit the bike in it and let it soak over night. Keep it away from any flames. don't walk away and forget about it either! :)

          RE:RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   handle bar grips posted by Stacey on 7/14/2002 at 5:53:39 PM
I had one that I just couldn't get to budge no matter what. I took an old junk brake lever... the kind with a two piece perch, first I wrapped a bit of black tape on the bars for protection, then put the brake perch on... loosely. A couple of firm raps with my deadblow (rubber) mallet and the grip popped right off!

It worked for me.
Stacey

          RE:RE:RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   handle bar grips posted by Wings on 7/15/2002 at 6:19:04 AM
On really hard ones I have also used a razor blace box cutter knife (with a new blade) and placed a straight edge on the grip and repeatedly cut it -- especially at the end and then pried it up. Then this is a peel up and pull from that point on.

          RE:RE:RE:RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   handle bar grips posted by Stacey on 7/15/2002 at 9:04:35 PM
Hey Wings... Wanna come over and help me change a tire? LOL!

          RE:RE:RE:RE:RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   handle bar grips posted by Wings on 7/16/2002 at 6:35:53 AM
I have had a couple of tires I just had to cut off! Now, if it is hard to get that tire to slip over the rim (like 27.25 tires on a Schwinn Rim) jus spray some wax on the rim! It works great. The wax is for spraying on frames to shine them up but it works great to get those tight fits on! I think if you change aenough tires our thumbs just get extra strong also! Also stand over the wheel and rest the wheel on it side on a small stool or something -- this lets both hand be free and also utilizes gravity. :)

          RE:RE:RE:RE:RE:RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   handle bar grips posted by Wings on 7/16/2002 at 6:38:04 AM
I did know how to spell at one time -- must be a day of working in the heat!

          RE:RE:RE:RE:RE:RE:RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   handle bar grips posted by Stacey on 7/16/2002 at 9:13:40 PM
I remember a looooooooong time ago, I had to repalce a chain on a 10 speed. I deliberated for hours on which frame tube to cut to get the bloody thing off.

Ya know, come to think of it... I still haven't figured that one out?

          RE:RE:RE:RE:RE:RE:RE:RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   handle bar grips posted by Wings on 7/23/2002 at 5:36:08 AM
Yep!!!!!
There is a book titled: "Ah Ha!" and it is filled with many difficult problems like that to solve. However, when one finds the solution to something they have pondered for a loooooooong time there is a sense of exhilaration, also know in learning theory as a "leap" -- in other words it is like an electrical shock pulsing through the body and one usually says "Ah Ha!" or "Oh yea!". These are exciting moments in learning and it is my hope that someday you to will say: "I got it!". Far be it from me or anyone else to deprive you of such a wonderful experience.
Best Wishes!

          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   handle bar grips posted by Roland Degeest on 9/23/2002 at 1:47:42 PM
I found it impossible to remove the rubber footrest from my motorbike when some rust removal and painting of the metal parts was in order, until I was told by my friendly mechanic that a bit of petrol poured on the contact zone between rubber and metal would allow it to slide off without any trouble. He was right too, it worked like a charm. The reverse was true as well, when putting on a new rubber sleeve, a bit of petrol poured on the interior allowed me to slide it on by hand. After that I just had to wait for ten minutes or so to allow the petrol to evaporate. No hassle whatsoever and the sleeve is rock solid around the metal bar.




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RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   Schwinn Sports Tourer Headset posted by: Karl Dach-Gruschow on 7/10/2002 at 7:53:39 PM
I'm the happy owner and rider of a '72 filet brazed schwinn sports tourer.
I ride it, so it's got remarkably little original parts, and what I really want is good working and good looking. Currently I have a mix of vintage Campagnolo on it. The headset is the original and not that happy. I like my fork and stem. It seems to use the same size as American OPC bikes...

Anybody know where to buy headsets of this size? preferably
of a better quality than the steel schwinn.
please e-mail gruschow@gmx.de if you do

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