Should I restore this "P.K. Ripper"?

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by WARRIORPRINCEJJ, Feb 22, 2013.

  1. WARRIORPRINCEJJ

    WARRIORPRINCEJJ Not in the clique...

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    I've been staring at this SE Racing "P.K. Ripper" frame, and set of Landing Gear forks, for (what seems like) an eternity...


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    They've been hanging on the pegboard, in my garage, forever.


    A little history...

    My Parents bought the complete bike for me, at "Bike Barn" (in San Antonio), in about 1981 or 1982. Our garage was burglarized, about a year later; And, coincidentally, the PK was the only thing that was stolen. I guess someone thought they liked my bike more than I did.

    Anyhoo, a few weeks later, we were contacted by the San Antonio Police Department. They informed us that the bike had been recovered, and it was returned to me.



    For years, I have been thinkin' about restoring it. However, the rear drop-outs have me a little concerned...


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    From the expert collective, are they (drop-outs) too boogered to ever use the bike, again? If not, is there anyone who would like to be part of the restoration process (in terms of suggestions)?

    Although I know that it will be blasphemous to some, I would like to powdercoat both of 'em brown, and match them with light blue Skyways and accessories (SE Racing's team colors).


    What do y'all think?

    Hello...Is this thing on?


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  2. Ricardo Kuhn

    Ricardo Kuhn a.k.a. Mr Rico Suave

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  3. WARRIORPRINCEJJ

    WARRIORPRINCEJJ Not in the clique...

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    :lol3 :rofl :lol3

    :beer :thumb


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  4. perterra

    perterra -. --- .--. .

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    The drop outs can be welded and brought back to original tolerances if it's a problem. I don't know shit about bikes, but if it's aluminum or steel it's no problem. might set you back a hunnert.

    If you don't know any good welders let me know, I have a friend in the welding supply biz in San Anne and can get a recommendation
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  5. 2whlrcr

    2whlrcr gooligan

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    P. K. Ripper....naw, but if it was a Quad Angle, then you'd have something.:D
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  6. WARRIORPRINCEJJ

    WARRIORPRINCEJJ Not in the clique...

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    I will probably be taking you up on that offer...more sooner than later. :deal

    I knew there was a reason I liked you Mr. Perterra... :thumb





    ...and it sure as hell ain't your shitty JM threads. :deal :lol3

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  7. WARRIORPRINCEJJ

    WARRIORPRINCEJJ Not in the clique...

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    Hater. :D


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  8. perterra

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  9. z-man99

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    Dropouts are better than most PK's and Race Inc's I've seen, but it you want them perfect again then go for it. How is the seat mast? Look for hairline cracks or damage from the seat post clamp pinching it too hard. A powdercoat might make you happiest but you should be aware that it will significantly diminish the value of the bike. I know that doesn't matter to everyone, but it's good to know these things beforehand.

    Another possible option is to have it ball burnished after you've made the drop out repairs. The very same company that burnished this frame 30+ years ago is still at it and can return the frame to its former glory. Personally I like it as it is. If it were mine I'd source some nos decals and build it up with moderately worn original parts.

    Congratulations on hanging on to your childhood ride all those years. I love those old SE's.
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  10. WARRIORPRINCEJJ

    WARRIORPRINCEJJ Not in the clique...

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    Z-man,


    Thanks for your post. You're a lot more useful than perterra*. :deal :lol3 (*He's about a worthless sumbitch.)

    I hope you'll see this post, and reply.



    I just peeked at the mast...a little galling/scratching, but no cracks.

    In regard to the powdercoating, I kinda' figured that it would hurt more than help (in terms of value).



    Do you have the name of the burnishing company?...and a good source for the NOS stickers? (Is it "BMX Planet", maybe?)

    Also, do you think I could do a little grinding (very little), on the inside edges of the drop-outs, throw-in some drop-out protectors, and call it a day?



    Thanks.

    Believe it or not, I believe I also have an ~80% Redline RL-20 lying-around, somewhere.


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  11. headhunter

    headhunter Been here awhile

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    If it means something to you definitely do it. That's a cool story and a cool bike. Haters can suck it.
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  12. perterra

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    Fuckin whippersnappers. You gonna catch it, but not tonight, the old lady is drunk and I got to make my move before she sobers up.
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  13. WARRIORPRINCEJJ

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    You go, man!...GET SOME! :thumb :lol3

    See ya', tomorrow. :freaky


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  14. Off the grid

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    There's a huge culture of old-school BMX bikes/bikers out there.

    I picked up this 29" Big Ripper a few months back, super fun.
    I wanted to add a set of CW cruiser bars for it, but they were 130 bucks. :huh

    Restore it at your own pace, as suggested go over the welds with a magnifying glass, especially around the seat tube, BB and head tube.

    Good luck!
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  15. zilla

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    What are you waiting for?

    My oldest two raced BMX, and my son had a couple of Hutch's that he raced till some thieving bastard stole them out of the garage.

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  16. xit109

    xit109 Been here awhile

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    You have to do it! the drop outs are fine. The washers that came with the bike always left them mashed up after the first time the axle bolt was tightened. I was thinking some Z-rims, but Skyways are nice too.

    Oh, and I'm jealous, check the sig line.:freaky
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  18. Stratlanta

    Stratlanta Flabby Adventurer

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    Love those PK Rippers. Similar story here - original owner, raced it a bunch in the eighties, been hanging around the garage forever, etc. Only things keeping me from restoring it are time and money. If I ever find any more of either of those things I'll get right on it.... :huh

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  20. HOT DAMN!

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    It has gotten a bit out of hand as of late, I saw a $1,000 number plate yesterday. :lol3

    Nice bike, how does it ride?
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