Circa 1920 Roadster restoration

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koen
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Circa 1920 Roadster restoration

Postby koen » Wed Apr 12, 2017 11:37 am

So just starting this thread to show progress and glean any further information from members. I feel sure I may have posted a picture of this bike before now somewhere on this forum. I bought it at a church "white elephant" sale in Yeppoon, Qld in 1997. The 'curator' of the sale had just given the bike a fresh coat of lime green house paint over everything including handgrips.
I subsequently cleaned it back a bit to see if there was anything identifying on old paint. There was not. To my shame I let it rust more at the beach where we lived so that the shallow engraving on bsa cranks and front hub all but vanished. It had had a new wheel added at some point ..a 3 speed back pedal brake SA hub dated 1954 but I have since used that elsewhere and found an old eadie coaster.

photo about 2006
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I tracked down the previous owner and spoke to him, a Mr.Tim Wall, now deceased. It had been his uncle's bike from new? and he figured it to date to about 1920. Any other guesses welcome.

Another photo with a friend's much grander restored Renault.
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Re: Circa 1920 Roadster restoration

Postby koen » Wed Apr 12, 2017 11:45 am

After 20 years of mostly ignoring it I thought I would try to halt the slow rusting away of most of the bike and so just stripped the frame and have started rebuilding the wheels.
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The fluted crank pictured is from another bike but it is the original chainring which has been renickelled.

Anyone know what are these pedals?
Image20170411_163102 by Owen Ron, on Flickr

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Re: Circa 1920 Roadster restoration

Postby koen » Fri Apr 14, 2017 10:42 am

Lazy Good Friday building up the front wheel. Dunlop Welch 28x1 3/8" with BSA hub ...32 holes. I tried to rescue all the spokes I could. They look like they were a fine 15/16 gauge butted spoke with 3/4 nipples and washers. After 100 years of rust some are probably quite a bit smaller. I took off the rust and old paint and sprayed them with a rust converter sealer.
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Re: Circa 1920 Roadster restoration

Postby koen » Mon Dec 18, 2017 12:57 pm

Well, after being seduced by fb and forgetting about this forum for a while I thought I should complete this thread.
Having completed the restoration the bike doesn't look any different but I feel it may at least last another 50 years.
I wasn't intending to ever ride it but did take it out for a short jaunt with a steam train recently
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Re: Circa 1920 Roadster restoration

Postby zedries » Mon Dec 18, 2017 3:06 pm

great work on keeping that piece of history alive Koen!

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