Well it started off ok, the binder bolt went into the seat collar, which I was a little worried about because its kind of off kilter. And then I put the seat post in and tightened
I found that if grabbed saddle and twisted it would rotate slightly back and forth, hmm shouldn't do that if its tight. So I went a bit gorilla and really tightened the binder bolt. Now its not moving and then when I go to loosen up the binder bolt again it all goes south.
So what am I left with?
- A frame-set to take for scrap with what was a nice new binder bolt. It's actually good because I have a number of other metal items that could go to scrap and who knows I might make a little money and at least I will have de-cluttered the Apartment a bit.
- A rear Wheel of circumspect quality, and since its an old bolt on I may just put it in the scrap pile as well.
- A box of parts that may have some value and at the very least will give me fodder for experimenting with new de-rusting process.
- The value of listening to your gut and exploring the deal breaker issues early in the process. I am frustrated at this fail with the seat post but I would have been in tears to have prepped everything and had this fail at the end while putting the bike back together
In going through my stuff I realized I had enough scraps and spares that I could easily field a complete housing and cable set and it wouldn't matter if it was mismatched when I was using it on a junk bike although I think and ebony and ivory combo would be fine on any bike.
What I might have done differently on this project is used my fancy digital caliper for more accurate readings on the seat tube, it needs a battery so I just went manual but it probably would have been worth having a more accurate reading. I suspect that this bike needed a 26.0 mm seatpost -but we'll never know. I looked on the web but couldn't find a reference, the catalog from 1983 just listed the seat posts by material i.e. alloy versus chromed steel.
I think I may have been sent the message that bikes left out for free are no bargain, especially if they are Raleighs! The curbside Raleigh Gran Prix had a compromised frame from a front end crash and this Raleigh Record has a useless frame due to the seat tube issue, but hey at least they were free and I've harvested parts off both bikes. Is it three strikes your out or third times a charm? I'm dumb enough to find out some day.
psst - did someone say scrap?