|On the left is the original 18T sprocket, on the right is the 22T replacement|
|Bottom bracket, cranks, and chain installed, with 22T rear sprocket|
Installing the headset was next, I cleaned and buffed the top and bottom cups and fixing nuts. Re-greased the cups and installed the 50, 5/32" loose ball bearings, 25 in each cup.
|Pressing in the top and bottom cups with homemade press|
|Cups in place|
|Bottom cup with 25 loose balls|
|The front fork is now installed, just realized I also need to install the lamp bracket.|
I'm interested in trying to use the NOS fenders because I have several sets of these in various original Raleigh colors, but none have the stays attached. I have some new Wald fender stays that may work with some modifications, and paint. So, I'm going with this option first. Here's a picture of trial fitting of NOS fenders with out the tires. Before I make final modifications and drilling of the stays I want to an get the tires mounted to help establish a proper fender line with the tires.
|Rear NOS fender with Wald stays attached|
|Front NOS fender with stay located under axle nut, need to shorten to attach to the fork eyelet instead.|
It's starting to like a bike again, I have not decided about refinishing and painting. I generally like keeping the original finish on classic bikes, but with a mix of NOS shinny fenders, wire brushed frame, and repo chaincase this one may need some attention. I'm not going to worry about it right now, I just want to get everything back together and put some miles on it before deciding anything.
Please comment and share your experiences.