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 Post subject: Alcohol and e-bay...
PostPosted: Mon Jan 13, 2014 1:12 am 
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are usually a mix that I try very hard to avoid, But after receiving a text from my brother (owner of the SE in the above thread) suggesting that a potential good deal was ending in a few minutes, I proceeded to bid on the said bike.
If I'm honest, I had little to no idea what I was about to own, other than I once owned one as a child and it was red (and red is the best colour, right?).
So, after winning the Chopper for £177 we set off on a short journey to collect my new toy...

and here it is, my 1972 Chopper...

The black one is my brothers latest purchase
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As far as I can see, despite the rust and dirt and the fact it's sat unused in a greenhouse for the last 20+ years the bike is 100% original (although I stand to be corrected).
The brakes work as do the gears and gear indicator.
Clearly there is a lot of work to do, but having an hour spare I polished up the mudguards and cleaned the seat...

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The plan is to either take the frame back to metal and respray, rechrome what needs doing or just leave it as is. Either or, I'm going to enjoy every minute of owning it :mrgreen:


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 Post subject: Re: Alcohol and e-bay...
PostPosted: Mon Jan 13, 2014 3:47 am 
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Top work matey, and good luck with it.

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 Post subject: Re: Alcohol and e-bay...
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Polish and clean, but leave original . They always look good that way .
The day of the fully restored bike is SO LAST DECADE. :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: Alcohol and e-bay...
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Looks like it will all clean up well


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 Post subject: Re: Alcohol and e-bay...
PostPosted: Sat Jan 18, 2014 12:40 am 
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Nice buy, as Rob says, original and cleaned is best.
Alcohol and eBay eh? Last Sunday morning I was rudely reminded that I'd bid on a Grifter! To be fair it was only a £2.20 bid and local to me :) ....... And I got outbid when it went silly in the last few minutes.


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