Starting the Rebuild
Exciting day for me as the skateboard parts arrived. The crank cotters came yesterday. One thing that has been bugging me is what to do about the sticker. Obviously they are no longer made. I measured the plate and it is 3 inches in diameter. Then an idea. How about a stick on reflector.
While it would be nice to have a proper sticker, my goal is not a vintage restoration but a functioning bike. The reflector will not look out of place.
The frame is still rough but I decided to put the new parts on and see how it works before sandblasting and repainting the frame. From my old long distance bike riding days I have a proper Park Mechanic Repair Stand. Once the frame is mounted it is easy to spin the frame to the most convenient position for each job. My first goal was the skateboard trucks. What lovely units and well engineered. The shipment even came with the skater obligatory stickers for the various brands. Thanks Gord.
The nice looking trucks cry out for the frame sandblast but they are on. I removed the rusted pedals from the cranks but with the heat wave the garage was just too hot. Enough for one night. There is still a long way to go but I am encouraged. I am hoping to try it out this weekend to see if I need to modify anything before painting.