Well this guy needs some work. I started by soaking all the fasteners in WD-40 and trying to figure out how best to address the ratio between chrome and rust. The headset was loose and when tightened felt more akin to a coffee grinder filled with marbles and the drive train looked as though it had not been used in 20 years.
After some minor infusions of WD-40 and ample servings of elbow grease, the parts began to come off the bike in almost complete pieces. The mini fairing that houses the front light with toggle switch needs some serious TLC, but the frame seems to be in good knick.
I have discovered the cheapest and easiest way to remove rust and polish what chrome remains at the same time. It is glorious.
So far so good. I got fed up with polishing in between the spokes, but the bike is coming along nicely. I have rewired the switch and the light, not the greatest set up in the world, but it looks the part and still fits on the all housed in the original fairing. The chrome is as good as it is going to get without being completely re-done and the seat needs to be replaced. I rebuilt the headset as best I could, though it still feels a bit grainy. I would say the bike is complete, except I can’t because I lost one of the grips..
It is a bit dark, better pictures when I am not burning the midnight oil.
Resprayed they fairing and then attached the original plastic bits to it, switch operates the light up front.
And a couple of side notes: This chained cleaned up really nicely, first broke a link and fed it into an empty 2 liter bottle then filled with warm water and dish soap; shake until arms hurt, empty; spray in Windex and WD-40, shake unitl arms hurt, empty; warm water rinse; warm water and Bar Keeper’s Friend, shake until arms hurt; empty rinse; get pissed at lumpy chain in bottle that wont come back through the way it came in, cut top off of bottle and wa la smooth and failry clean 50 something year old chain. Speaking of old: This bike was built some time ago, in the mid 60s I think, and while cleaning the chain I found this little piece of history: the chain was manufactured in West Germany