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RESTORATION TIPS - SADDLES:   Columbia Saddle Resto... posted by: Fred A on 4/18/2002 at 1:22:51 AM
Hi All.......

Would anyone be able to tell me where I can get info on how to recover a saddle from a 1951 Columbia? The entire fabric or leather covering is gone, but the base is completely intact. ANY info would be greatly appreciated!!!

Thanks,
Fred A

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          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - SADDLES:   Columbia Saddle Resto... posted by a friend on 4/20/2002 at 2:46:39 PM
Fred try the adderess I posted above www.memorylane-classics.com/homeset.htm or ask them who they recomend for this type of information. They have access too many collectors, and restores who would be happy too help.

          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - SADDLES:   Columbia Saddle Resto... posted by sam on 4/21/2002 at 2:17:09 AM
Fred,seats on late model bikes like your columbia are very easy to recover.Look at what is left to see if leather or vinyl.You'll find most to be vinyl.Buy the cheep type of vinyl not the most expencive,it works best.First you need a small peice of carpet pad cut to fit the pan cover this with cotten get it at a sewing center.then cut the vinyl larger than the seat .Heat the vinyl till soft--you can use a hair dryer or hold over stove--hair dryer is saftest.When soft streach over seat pan and bolt together.

          RE:RE:RESTORATION TIPS - SADDLES:   Columbia Saddle Resto... posted by Fred A on 4/22/2002 at 5:13:01 PM
Thanks, Sam!(and "a friend").
This is something I really want to do myself, and your way makes it sound easy. Can't wait to get started. Thanks again for the responses.
Fred




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RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   Columbia "Twosome" posted by: Skid on 4/17/2002 at 4:45:50 PM
Picked up a Columbia "Twosome" tandem with a Sacks 2-speed rear hub - all original, one owner. Looking for replacement decals so it can be repaiinted. Also where is the serial number on this machine? Any help would be appriciated!

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          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   Columbia posted by Kris on 7/21/2002 at 6:45:09 PM
you will find the serial number on the back part of the frame where it holds the back tire, on the right side. We have this tandem too. And we are trying to find out more about it. We e-mail Columbia with the serial number to find out what year it is. I have seen picture of it on the web some say it is a 1950 bike some say 60's. We are restoring our bike and having a very hard time finding parts and decals. Good luck with you hunt. If you have any help for us and where to look for parts that would be great to let us know. Sorry I couldn't be of more help.

          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   Columbia posted by Kris on 7/21/2002 at 6:47:17 PM
you will find the serial number on the back part of the frame where it holds the back tire, on the right side. We have this tandem too. And we are trying to find out more about it. We e-mail Columbia with the serial number to find out what year it is. I have seen picture of it on the web some say it is a 1950 bike some say 60's. We are restoring our bike and having a very hard time finding parts and decals. Good luck with you hunt. If you have any help for us and where to look for parts that would be great to let us know. Sorry I couldn't be of more help.




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RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   dynohub overhaul posted by: Joshua Perkins on 4/16/2002 at 4:08:38 AM
I need to, if possible, replace the armature on my dynohub--God knows how this happened, but one of the terminals just got destroyed and the previous owner had soldered a connection. Has anyone done this? What can you use for a keeper ring to avoid demagnetization? Thanks for any time anyone can give.

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          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   dynohub overhaul posted by Surrey on 4/23/2002 at 2:53:28 PM
They sell NOS dynohub armatures on this site. Click on bikes and Parts for sale at the top of the page.




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RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   dynohub overhaul posted by: Joshua Perkins on 4/16/2002 at 4:08:38 AM
I need to, if possible, replace the armature on my dynohub--God knows how this happened, but one of the terminals just got destroyed and the previous owner had soldered a connection. Has anyone done this? What can you use for a keeper ring to avoid demagnetization? Thanks for any time anyone can give.

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          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   dynohub overhaul posted by ChristopherRobin2@starmail.com on 4/23/2002 at 12:37:11 AM
Here in the "parts for sale" section there is offered a replacement armeture. Part# SADYNO. This is the Sturmey-Archer Dynohub armeture. $55.00 isn't cheap, but finding these before this group was formed was very, very difficult. It will have your dynohub running like new.
Take a look at Sheldon Brown's site at http://www.Sheldonbrown.com and look thru his bicycle articles. He talks about Dynohubs at length.
Harris Cyclery (Where Sheldon works) offers all sorts of interesting things for sale but whatever you cannot find with Sheldon some things are sold here. Then there is e- bay and you can always ask one of the folks here about something you may need. Post under English roadsters.

          RE:RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   dynohub overhaul posted by ChristopherRobin2@starmail.com on 4/23/2002 at 12:39:12 AM
The keeper ring is the metal part that goes around the armature that is pictured under misc n.o.s. parts for sale.




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RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   who can paint my part posted by: John Lewandowsky on 4/14/2002 at 4:11:04 PM
I have my old schwinn bmx sx-1000. I am trying to locate someone who can paint the handlebars red. Or, someone who knows where I can buy the paint myself. I tried the auto paint store and i don't want to pay $100 for paint just to paint the bars. Can anyone help?
Thanks, John.

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          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   who can paint my part posted by metlhed on 4/19/2002 at 12:07:20 AM
where do you live? email me and we can talk




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RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   Pin Striping posted by: Bob on 4/6/2002 at 3:13:39 PM
I'd like to know of an effective tool and technique for pinstriping...frames and rims.

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          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   Pin Striping posted by rickey on 4/6/2002 at 10:00:26 PM
j c whitney has the right stuff

          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   Pin Striping posted by MNSmith on 4/7/2002 at 12:34:32 PM
You can go to Eastwood and get the Beugler tool and supplies. You can also find pinstripe stencils. All kinds of neat stuff.

          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   Pin Striping posted by sam on 4/13/2002 at 5:37:24 PM
Pinstripe brush--at Eastwood too.




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RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   ride posted by: rickey on 4/5/2002 at 10:47:00 PM
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RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   To paint or not to paint posted by: John F. Murphy on 4/2/2002 at 4:43:32 AM
I have a 58 Schwinn Corvette that is pretty straight. My problem is the paint is borderline with some good scrapes, and the decals are all but worn off. My question is if I decide not to paint it, how can I replace the decals with new ones without it looking out of whack. New decals with old paint!? Any suggestions?

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RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   paint on my 1934 hawthorne posted by: Paul Hendrix on 3/25/2002 at 6:09:41 AM
HI I did as you said sam and the bicycle looks a lot better and I can polish the paint to look great except the right down stay the paint is gone on the top of the stay and the top of the left bottom stay the side of the stays look ok I want to keep the bike as near to original as I can should I paint the stays or go with I have the rest looks good a little rust on the handle bars and one rim that will show a little the bike is cleaning up well . the seat is still left to do I would be greatful for any advice PAUL

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          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   paint on my 1934 hawthorne posted by sam on 3/28/2002 at 2:57:52 AM
Sence you plan to leave the bike as original as can be I advise not to repaint any of it.But do put a good past wax on the bare spots to keep from rusting.Here on this web site they sell a kit that is good for removing the rust on the rim and bars.Don't use steel wool use brass wool or the kit.And let us know how it's comming--sam




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RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   paint posted by: Dave on 3/24/2002 at 10:00:15 PM
I am wondering if it is possible to remove a home spray paint job without removing the original paint.
Thank you.

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          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   paint posted by Gralyn on 3/25/2002 at 9:10:10 PM
I was going to try to remove a couple of layers of paint from my old Hercules. The original was black - but I had a layer of black/silver, then a metalic blue, then down to the original. I tried rubbing with different chemicals - being careful to not go too deep - but after a while - I just gave up. There may be a way to do it - but I don't know of any. But if there is - I would like to know also - in case I find another old bike and want to take it to the original paint.

          3M Safest Stripper posted by Steve on 3/26/2002 at 5:48:51 PM
I've used a 3M product called "Safest Stripper", available from most home improvment stores. It works VERY slowly with out harsh chemicals or fumes. It looks almost like vanilla yogert (but don't taste it). I can even apply it with bare hands (although the company dosn't recomend it).

I leave it on just long enough to lift the housepaint but not attack the original finish -- usually 20 minutes to an hour. I've even saved the original pinstripes under the house paint. (Pinstripes are VERY delicate).

Go slowly and work on only a small section at a time.




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RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   Schwinn Rear Drum Brake posted by: Eric on 3/20/2002 at 6:57:04 PM
Looking for Tools or Help on taking apart the rear schwinn drum brake for balloon tire bike. I have schematics but it does not show how to take apart the sprocket side of assembly. Need to fully disassemble to get the hub part rechrommed.

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          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   Schwinn Rear Drum Brake posted by ChristopherRobin2@starmail.com on 3/29/2002 at 10:14:40 PM

You can find a surprising amount of info in a used book store. Look in the bicycle section. bicycling section old 1970 's manuels and books telling step by step how to just what you ask about. Look in every used book store in your area.

          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   Schwinn Rear Drum Brake posted by mike on 9/12/2002 at 9:57:01 PM
It should would be nice to have a copy of those schematics. I have a few schwinn drum brakes. I've never taken them apart but then I haven't really rode them in the last 10-15 years. It'd be nice if maybe you can send them my way. I'd appreciate it very much.




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RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   Stuck seat post posted by: Tony Truran on 3/15/2002 at 2:40:49 PM
I'm restoring an old bianchi superleggera (steel frame). The aluminum seatpost is stuck. I've heard of two ways to dissolve corrosion in the down tube after first removing the bottom bracket:
1) pouring an ammonia solution though the bottom bracket

or
2) Doing the same with automotive antifreeze

Has anyone tried either of these methods, if so how long do you leave the liquids in the frame? Do I have to worry about the ammonia hurting the steel frame?

Thanks, Tony

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          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   Stuck seat post posted by Kim on 3/26/2002 at 2:25:16 PM
I've had my best luck using WD-40 or some other lubricant.
Also, the very best way to get leverage on the eat post is to clamp a seat on it!




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RESTORATION TIPS - SADDLES:   Recover and repad a saddle? posted by: Doug Dobrozsi on 3/14/2002 at 11:47:17 PM
My son's 30+ year old Motobecane RR bike (600c wheeled) has a Motobecane logoed junior saddle which has torn cover and foam pad. The base under that is solid plastic. Junior road saddles are hard to come by so I'd like to be able to recover it. Anybody have advice / instruction on how to?
Thanks

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          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - SADDLES:   Recover and repad a saddle? posted by JimW. on 3/15/2002 at 5:36:31 PM
The usual process is to carefully remove the old cover and padding. Then you take the old cover apart, by snipping the threads that hold the panels together. Then you make paper patterns for each panel, and use them to cut the new cover material panels. These are sewn together using the old panel stitching as a guide to hem width. I've found that one of those ancient Singer portables in the black case will sew anything of this type. They're incredible machines, and pretty cheap if you shop around. I've used mine for leather, and up to four layers of naugahide. You can get thin foam padding from most stores that carry upholstery foam. You use your old padding as a pattern for cutting new panels with scissors. The usual adhesive, if needed, is solvent-based contact cement. You put the padding and cover back on in a reverse of the removal process. Good luck.
Jim




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RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   Rear Hub? posted by: Larry on 3/13/2002 at 7:59:05 PM
My question is, does anybody here know this brand of Hub? the name is - MATTATUCK ALL AMERICAN USA. This is the second time I have come across this Hub on a 64 Schwinn Fair*Lady. Did Schwinn ever use this company? I am quite aware that Bendix was the choice of hub. Thank you for your help.

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          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   Rear Hub? posted by Bob on 3/16/2002 at 12:06:03 AM
Yes, I have a 64 schwinn bantam that I am restoring. It was my first bike at age 3 and it has a Mattatuck hub same as yours. I wish my parents would have bought me a 64 ray to start on.

          RE:RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   Rear Hub? posted by Larry on 3/16/2002 at 2:58:34 PM
Thanks Bob.

          RE:RE:RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   Rear Hub? posted by Chris on 3/29/2002 at 10:17:12 PM
A wide variety of hubs was used and each hub was evolving meaning getting cheaper quality wise. Bendix ended up in Mexico pretty early by the early 1970's like I said earlier, hit the old book stores to see these hubs and repair guides.




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RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   1934 HAWTHORNE posted by: Paul Hendrix on 3/9/2002 at 5:23:11 AM
I need help with a 1934 Hawthorne that has set in the same feed room on a farm for 60 years and is a family heirloom its all there good shape and orginal I want to keep it as it is.paint looks good and will clean up but the back stay has hard old greas and dust on the top side that is hard and will not come off and I dont want to damage paint How do I fix that The tires are Wards Riverside mate 2-5 air cushions 26x2125 #60-3125-3116 they look new can I use them the seat is red no brand name leather dyed red and has a few cracks but looks great looks like the dust has stained it a bit how can I clean that. The fenders and wheels are stainless and look great but there are some like mold stain on the front rim. the handle bars and goosneck are pited a lot but will clean up ok. there is a lock that is in the wheel that is a ROllFAST and no key I would be greatful for any advice THANK YOU Paul

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          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   1934 HAWTHORNE posted by sam on 3/10/2002 at 1:26:17 AM
First mild soap and water on the bike only not the leather seat.Use a soft rag.Get the bike clean as can be.Do not pry off old grease.Use a light oil or dry cleaning fluid(being very carful)to solfin the hard grease--let the oil work don't get in a rush(like I do)oil all nuts and bolts ,don't get oil on tires or wipe off if you do.Oil will also eat rubber.Not to sure on the seat,saddle soap is my guess,lets hear from others on this.After it's clean it can be treated with a mix of neets foot oil lard and water.Equal amounts , put the lard oil and water together then heat.Or heat the water and add rest but under no circumstances heat the oils first. If you plan on ridding the bike get ridder tires and seat and save the originals.And clean and grease all barrings---sam

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