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Balloonoob

I live for the CABE
Jan 24, 2019
1,144
35
Longmont Colorado
It's amazing what you find under all the dirt and grime when you clean, polish and wax it. It's too bad there won't be a big WOW factor when it's done and I give it back to my uncle. He really hadn't seen it in 60+ years except for the 10 minutes it took me to tie it to the back of my car after I got it down from the rafters.
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That blue badge looks awesome on a blue bike. That cleaned up amazingly.
 
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PCHiggin

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Jan 22, 2008
3,878
Ryderwood, United States
What a nice old bike! Your uncle might be very surprised. What did you use to clean the paint?
 
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BLK80SLT

Look Ma, No Hands!
Jul 25, 2017
52
60
Earlville, IL, United States
What a nice old bike! Your uncle might be very surprised. What did you use to clean the paint?
After washing with car soap I just used a liquid polishing compound, lightly, then car wax. It's got lots of chips and surface rust but the surface is smooth now.

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edit...I just remembered that I took the advice of forum members and tried using 0000 steel wool with WD 40 on the paint too and it worked great!
 
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PCHiggin

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Jan 22, 2008
3,878
Ryderwood, United States
After washing with car soap I just used a liquid polishing compound, lightly, then car wax. It's got lots of chips and surface rust but the surface is smooth now.

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Thanks,Looks great
 

Barto

I live for the CABE
Mar 13, 2015
1,766
Somers, United States
This is a great rescue! I'm sure your Uncle is going to be pretty happy
 

BLK80SLT

Look Ma, No Hands!
Jul 25, 2017
52
60
Earlville, IL, United States
I'm waiting for tires to arrive hopefully by the weekend. I've tried 3 bike stores to see about straightening the fork, and they all looked like I was asking them for a million dollars.
I'm going to try it myself. I read a lot of the threads on this forum, and it looks doable.

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mickeyc

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Jul 21, 2013
3,113
Rochester Hills, MI
Check under "Bicycle Restoration Tips" here and go to Sept. 15, 2017....you will see how I did a couple of fork straightenings. Very simple.

Mike
 

DaGasMan

Look Ma, No Hands!
Apr 16, 2019
83
52
Long Island
I really love this restoration project. If you wanna get me all teary eyed, post the picture with your Uncle with the bicycle when it’s done. That’ll get me where I live. Keep up the good work.
 

BLK80SLT

Look Ma, No Hands!
Jul 25, 2017
52
60
Earlville, IL, United States
I really love this restoration project. If you wanna get me all teary eyed, post the picture with your Uncle with the bicycle when it’s done. That’ll get me where I live. Keep up the good work.
I plan on getting a picture with him when it's done. Here's his before picture, the first time he had seen it in 60+ years.
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BLK80SLT

Look Ma, No Hands!
Jul 25, 2017
52
60
Earlville, IL, United States
I made an amateur mistake by not writing down exactly which nuts and washers went in what order when I removed the front wheel and now I'm a little confused on how to do it. I could also use some advice on getting the front wheel back on the fork. Do you just spread it open or do you put the axel through the hub after you place it between the forks? Thanks in advance for the assistance.
 

BLK80SLT

Look Ma, No Hands!
Jul 25, 2017
52
60
Earlville, IL, United States
I finished it today except for the brake. He didn't have it hooked up and I'm not positive where I'm supposed to bolt it to the chainstay. Should it go straight across? I didn't do anything with the electric lights or horn. Someone will do a more thorough restoration some day and deal with that. After riding it a bit, I see why people enjoy these bikes. It was a real pleasure. Here's a few pics.
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BLK80SLT

Look Ma, No Hands!
Jul 25, 2017
52
60
Earlville, IL, United States
This was my first time working on a balloon tire bike so I made some mistakes and asked some questions but I learned a lot with the help of this forum. I made the mistake of painting the headlight but I then made it look old again. It looks better now. I also ordered a new New Departure coaster brake strap. There wasn't one on the bike. I put new white wall tires on but I may put the old tires back on. They're in good shape and hold air just fine, and they're black walls which I guess came on this bike originally. I'd like to let my uncle know the value of the bike so he'll know if he decides to sell it. I'd like to buy it but I think it's more than I want to spend. What do you think it's worth in the Chicago area? What other suggestions do you have to do to the bike?

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Blackbomber

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Aug 23, 2018
800
45
Unionville, CT
Wow, fantastic transformation!

I’d keep the newer tires on it, but definitely hang on to the originals. New ones ride noticeably better, and can take higher pressure (for less rolling resistance). Also, the old tires will have a canvas carcass, as opposed to nylon. I’ve had one split down the middle (thankfully not while riding), and hear that’s not unusual.
 
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SKPC

I live for the CABE
Feb 2, 2018
1,301
62
Utah - United States
Great job! Now put out the feelers for some nice correct grips. Very, very good job for a 1st time cleanup. Super pics....pat yourself on the back man, way to go!:cool:..
 
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