- I got the fork aligned. One very disappointing thing about the shipping was that the fork got bent. I took it to Recycled Cycles in Seattle and they trued it up for $20
- Got the chain off and into citrus degreaser. One nice thing about bolt on seat stays... You can take the chain off without having to separate a link
- General cleaning and a coat of Turtle Wax. The chainring had build up grease and dirt that required a wire brush on the end of a drill.
- Boxed up my 3-speed coaster brake and front hubs for shipping to Yellow Jersey in Madison.
Here are a few pics...
Here she is on the stand right out of the box from Toronto. Hard to tell from this angle, but the form is bent a bit. One tine is a little lower than the other.
Here is the SA 3-speed coaster hub in the frame with the chain on it. The chain looks serviceable, but desperately needs to be degreased, cleaned and lubed.
Fork, stem/handlebar unit and chain removed. The bottom bracket spins freely and since I do not have the tools to remove it and repack the bearings, I'm leaving it as is.
Here is a view of the frame from the head tube down... The headbadge was lifted up a bit on the right side (as you ride the bike) so I used some maximum strength construction cement and clamped it down. Worked pretty well. I had to trim a bit of residual off the frame. You can see the many scratches... My current plan is to just leave them as is and not try and repair the finish. I've never had good luck doing this.
Looking down the chainstays. Look at the grease and dirt!!
The crank arms are pristine... no rust, just dirty grease. They polished right up with my favorite tool... WD-40 soaked 000 steel wool!
Here is the bad part... The paint has taken a real beating. There is pitting all over the frame, scratches and nicks. The frame is true - no dents or bends though.
Since the back wheel is gone, I cannot date this girl. There is no serial number that I can find either. The cable stop and the cable roller are plastic though (I've already ordered the steel replacements for these parts from Gentleman Cyclist) The chain guard is "hockey stick" and there are NOT braze ons on the frame to hold it on. According to Sheldon's guide, this places it in the 1962-1967 range. The finish decals are identical to my DL-1 Gents version, which according to the hub is a 1980. Did they keep the decal set the same for all those years??
The fork (now true) and hockey stick chainguard
There is a bit of rust on the brake levers that doesn't clean up completely with WD-40 and steel wool... too bad... but it isn't that noticable.
The shifter looks dirty, but workable. It's missing the plastic cover... luck I have a nice one left over from a Twenty rebuild!!
Here are the grips... in cream. They are pretty stained and dirty. I wonder what would clean these up??
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