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I wanna play! I skipped last year because the camera in my phone didn’t work so I had no way to document anything. Got a new old phone now so I’m in! I have no idea what I’m gonna build yet but it will be blue. Got 3 swap meet score frames to choose from, this Westfield


If I use this one it will keep its original paint, so blue bike. Next choice is this one, not sure what it is but got it for 40 bucks with a pair of wheels, a rack and truss rods


Also would keep its original blue color, lastly this bike


The truss rod was goofing up my focus but it’s badged Sam-Sco, someone painted this one blue already, if I use this one I’ll unpaint it and repaint it blue. So I guess step one is pouring a frosty beverage and staring at these things then figuring out what I have for parts, haven’t touched a bike with a wrench in 2 years, stay tuned...
 
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Welcome back, Schultzie! I like your approach... "So I guess step one is pouring a frosty beverage and staring at these things then figuring out what I have for parts ..." :wink1:
If you are taking 'input votes', I say either 1 or 2, the curvy frames always grab me. A little light cleaning, maybe a varnish coat for sheen, and either of those two will be on track to an unprecedented three-time-winner of the OJ Award :oops:;).

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I choose the Bultaco.

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Can't go wrong with a Snyder built fastback frame!
I'll take Door Number 3 Monty!!!

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Which reminds me of an early funny Jimmy Buffet song

 
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After digging through some piles of parts, I’ve decided on the Westfield frame. I have the best stuff for that one, a Columbia springer fork and a good prewar skiptooth chain wheel, and I picked a few other potential bits, all subject to me changing my mind or the bike wanting something different of course

The first test fit of the first part was successful, now to buy some wood bleach and simple green...
 
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Wood bleach and Simple Green...hmmmmm. Please take us through the process and the chemistry as you go. That Westfield frame and Columbia fork make a great combo!

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Wood bleach and Simple Green...hmmmmm. Please take us through the process and the chemistry as you go. That Westfield frame and Columbia fork make a great combo!

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No chemistry here my friend, I’m not that clever [emoji16] two separate buckets, headset and bottom bracket parts and such goes in the simple green to get rid of old grease, dirt and crud

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. And the rusty hardware and fork parts go into a solution of wood bleach and water

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An overnight soak, then a scrub brush and some warm water to rinse. Really crusty stuff can stay in the simple green longer, but the oxalic acid leaves a nasty yellow residue on parts if you leave them in too long, I learned that the hard way of course
 
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Ahhh, so you put them in Simple Green to start with, and then the wood bleach follows. What is your ratio of wood bleach to water, Mr Science? :giggle:

And will / do you apply any scrubbing technique to this process? If so, your instrument of choice?
 

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I always love seeing the results from OA baths but I have yet to do it myself.

Love the skippy sprocket man!!!

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