Restoration project

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Restoration project

Post by thommo » Thu Dec 28, 2017 8:39 pm

I'm planning to restore a two-wheeled fun machine . . . for the cyclists among us it's a Vitus 979 -- as used by Sean Kelly (albeit in KAS team colours) for many Classic race victories.
Had it tucked away for a few years now after I was given it by a cycling club pal. It's a bare frame and I've just ordered a set of original forks from France.
About my limit technically but hope to have it out by the spring.
It's aluminium tubing glued to cast aluminium . . . sound familiar?
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Re: Restoration project

Post by thommo » Thu Dec 28, 2017 10:05 pm

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Re: Restoration project

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It is now. Showed up after I queried its non-appearance. Odd.

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Re: Restoration project

Post by evo_ufo » Fri Dec 29, 2017 11:54 am

Very nice, do you have a classic groupset to go with it?

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Re: Restoration project

Post by jonnyfox » Fri Dec 29, 2017 1:43 pm

Cool Steve.
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Re: Restoration project

Post by thommo » Fri Dec 29, 2017 4:00 pm

evo_ufo wrote:Very nice, do you have a classic groupset to go with it?
Not as yet. Campag will be expensive (seen a seatpost at 200+ euros), so still doing research. I've seen a few with Shimano or Mavic. Any suggestions welcomed.

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Re: Restoration project

Post by thommo » Sat Jan 06, 2018 6:02 pm

Started clean up of alloy on frame.
The cast duralumin head tube is quite badly tarnished but not pitted. I've tried Solvol Autosol with some success and some heavy duty rubbing with 'magic sponge' but it's not yet as sparkly as I'd like.
Anyone any idea what product I might use?
I've thought about machine buffing and any guidance on that approach would be welcome.
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Re: Restoration project

Post by thommo » Mon Jan 08, 2018 5:56 pm

Bought a set of wheels with Campag Record hubs and Mavic GP4 tub rims which should be in period with the frame which I believe is from 1986.
Gears, brakes, seat post, seat, crank, now required. . .

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Re: Restoration project

Post by Benja » Mon Jan 08, 2018 5:58 pm

Maybe we should have a lunchtime time trial at Anglesey,..there’s a few cyclists on here.

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Re: Restoration project

Post by tim_marra » Mon Jan 08, 2018 8:10 pm

Benja wrote:Maybe we should have a lunchtime time trial at Anglesey,..there’s a few cyclists on here.
Sounds like a good wheeze. May I suggest a prize for the winner....

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