Hello and Welcome, Now that the dent and rust repairs are finished, I can finally get this old Raleigh Sports painted. When I left off I was going to touch up the filler on the fenders / mudguards just one more time.
Bondo Galzing /Spot Putty to the lower mud guards. I am hopeful this coat will finally give me the shape and finish I have been looking for.
filler and putty spreader from a larger one. This is about 1/6 of the original spreader size. This worked very well for filling the numerous small dents on the mud guards (fenders). I started with a 1/2 of a plastic spreader (3 x the width of this one) that I had heated up so I could shape it closer to the fenders bevels or curves. It worked ok but not great.
chain guard sanded and primed I touched it up with the spot putty and re sanded and sprayed the primer again. On my first attempt at painting this, the paint splattered due to a damaged nozzle stem. On my second attempt (new can) I over sprayed and the paint ran a bit in one spot. So I re-sanded and touched up the primer and tried again. The New Rust-Oleum "Professional Enamel" is a higher volume spray, it caught me totally off guard. After my third attempt I am finally satisfied with the finish on the guard. Now I can get on with the rest of it.
handlebars look pretty good for 48 years old. They are "nicked up" a bit but they still polished up pretty nice. So for now I plan to reuse them. None of the salvaged ones I saw on e bay looked any better to me.
bench vise . But what I really want you to see is the (Red Arrows) fender mount bolts and nuts. I was 95% sure I would have to replace these.
fine brass wheel brush on the Black and Decker18V rechargeable drill/driver. This is the difference between good hardened steel and the rubbish that you find on cheaper bicycles today. These were not even chrome plated (maybe zinc plated) but they were pretty rusty so I can not be sure. Just amazing!
T-280RA Turtle Wax Chrome Polish & Rust Remover . I really love these old British Cranks with the makers logo built in. The old BSA cranks are really cool too!
Kenda K40-HP Street Wire Bead Bicycle Tire, Gumwall, 26-Inch x 1-3/8-Inch on the reconditioned wheels. I also replaced the rim strips and installed new Kenda 26 inch inner tubes . I think these are going to look great. I do not think gum walls were original equipment on this bike, but I am not concerned about that. I just really like the way gum walls look on classic style bikes and I probably always will.
pliers/channel-locks /cutting tools drawer (temporarily) to keep track of all the parts as I clean them up. I will not be able to start reassembly until the new bearings arrive.
Testor's modeling paint Gold
3M Scotch blue painters tape on a sheet of wax paper. Then I scribed the curve using a compass. Next I cut out the curve using an X-Acto knife . Then I was able to peel off the piece I needed and transfer it to the fender. Then I just taped off the rest of the fender and struts with newspaper and masking tape. Before spraying I did lightly sand the area (after taping) with 400 grit sand paper. Then wiped it clean of course. And I used Rust-Oleum 252467 Semi Gloss White Enamel over Enamel. You Do Not want to paint over enamel with lacquer....Ever.
bicycle fender mount reflector on e bay the other night and could not resist. This should look really good just below the rear fender Raleigh decal.
cork grips . I am not liking the grips I already ordered and received all that much that. They look more like Schwinn grips than Raleigh. I will shellack these and they should look really good.
5/32 ball bearings 25 grade for the headset and the crank. I will not show both sizes, as they look pretty much the same.
Sturmey Archer 3 speed shift cable and housing which comes with all the necessary hardware. (or so they tell me)
Sturmey Archer 3 speed shifter . It matches the incorrect one that was on the bike when I purchased it perfectly. I may replace this eventually. Also I should mention I haven't a clue as to how this connects to the shift cable. I might have to check my bicycle repair book Park Tool Big Blue Book Of Bicycle Repair which I have rarely used. Except for to cut vinyl trim tape on the "wax paper like" cover.
pedal blocks I wanted. But they will have to do until I can locate a set of the genuine Raleigh blocks. They are the longer men's size blocks which may take me longer to locate. Also being an older model they do not have the reflectors. The pedals are also the old English tread which are getting harder to find at an affordable price.
propane radiant heater going last night in the shop and a fan blowing on the fender as well. It dried really well for one evening. I think that we are all caught up with my progress so far. Unfortunately there is not much I can do now until the bearings arrive. Until next time Please RIDE SAFE and Remember to Always.......RESCUE, RESTORE & RECYCLE..........Cheers,Hugh
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