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Old 03-09-2009, 08:05 AM   #76
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Great thread! I'll find a way to post a pic of my 1961 R69S when I roll it out in the Spring!

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Old 03-09-2009, 11:37 AM   #77
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Here is a picture of the Triumph T100c I bought for $350. back when my boy was little (around 1984). He's almost 30 now

I went on to restore the bike. Then sold it to a friend of mine. He still has it but hasn't rode it for years.

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Old 03-09-2009, 12:42 PM   #78
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Not as old as many of the bikes in this thread, but my trials bike has lots of patina, and I love it that way. No worry about throwing it around in the rocks. I wouldn't want to do that if I restored it. ( I like the patina on my old wheelbarrow too!)





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Old 03-09-2009, 12:56 PM   #79
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ok question arising from the last couple of posts...
why would you go trough the trouble of restoring a bike and then make it look unrestored? that is kind of contradicting isn't it?
what's the reason for this?
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I think it's a good question too. I've used several methods to make a new part look old, in order to make a repair blend with an otherwise old bike. Say, for instance your gas tank rusts out and is not salvageable. You buy a used tank, paint it to match, then use scotch-brite pads to take the gloss off the new paint, sand through the paint on the sides of the tank so that the primer and a bit of metal show through where a rider's legs would have been rubbing for years, and maybe even use a chain or a hammer to put some small dings in the tank, so that it looks like the rest of the bike: well used, but still running. When you're done, spray it all down with some vinegar to bring on a coat of rust where the metal is exposed, wait a few days and wipe it all with an oily rag, and the "new" tank looks right at home on the old bike.

I don't think I'd go to the trouble to restore a bike THEN make it look old, though.

If you look close at that Indian that provoked this line of discussion, you won't see any paint rubbed off the tank where the rider's legs should have rubbed it. Some of the engine parts look as if they've never been turned with a wrench, too. Cool bike anyway!

By the way, if you want to make new rust turn black, let it get eaten by vinegar or some other acid for a while, then wipe it with a thick layer of naval jelly. After the Naval Jelly stands for an hour or so, the rust will have turned black. There's also some rust stabilizer stuff in an aerosol can that works even better, though I don't recall the brand name. I'll have to check my garage. I think I still have a can of it.
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Old 03-09-2009, 01:38 PM   #80
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Old 03-09-2009, 01:53 PM   #81
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Heres a few from a get together last weekend.

The bikes are not restored but modified to live (organic) - not for the purists - but the blokes that own these bikes ride and often/ almost always take the hard road.
Got tons of pix - restoration is somewhat overated - its about the riding I reckon.
Great pics!! That's what I like to see. I think the Aussies get it.
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Old 03-09-2009, 01:58 PM   #82
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By the way, if you want to make new rust turn black, let it get eaten by vinegar or some other acid for a while, then wipe it with a thick layer of naval jelly. After the Naval Jelly stands for an hour or so, the rust will have turned black. There's also some rust stabilizer stuff in an aerosol can that works even better, though I don't recall the brand name. I'll have to check my garage. I think I still have a can of it.
Yeah.... I used some of that 'rust stabilizer' stuff on rust spots on my BMW a couple of decades ago. The rust spots are still black, the rust never got worse and the black coating is impossible to remove. Amazing....
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Old 03-09-2009, 03:22 PM   #83
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Ken, fantastic. Do you ride it?
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Old 03-09-2009, 03:33 PM   #84
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Here's my old Coventry Eagle, sold when we moved and I could only fit one bike inside and had no shed... having this out in the weather broke my heart, and selling it broke it again.

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your bike is suitably dirty. Well done.
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Old 03-09-2009, 03:41 PM   #85
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I couldn't have sold that.
I have a T120R in my kitchen right now.

I don't have a shed, garage, or garden, so my ST & BSA M33 are living outside on the street in all weathers.
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Old 03-09-2009, 05:20 PM   #86
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Here's my old Coventry Eagle, sold when we moved and I could only fit one bike inside and had no shed... having this out in the weather broke my heart, and selling it broke it again.

Broken heart?
1934?
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Old 03-09-2009, 07:06 PM   #87
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Sorry mate....it's the only one I snapped.....
Rhinebeck '08....
Usually I ride this unrestored .....

PM me for the original NEC if you want it....
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Old 03-10-2009, 06:54 AM   #88
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Ken, fantastic. Do you ride it?
Sadly it sits rusting away in an old box stall. An afternoon, fresh gas and oil and i could drive it down to the pub.
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Old 03-10-2009, 12:56 PM   #89
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Broken heart?
1934?
that or a '37... can't remember. It was a local bike since the first owner imported it to Victoria BC when new... now it's in SC or something like that
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Old 07-01-2009, 02:18 PM   #90
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Had to bump this to include SeanF's picture of the People's Choice Award Winner that he posted in Classic Guzzi Pics, 500,000 miles - love it!

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