Thursday, October 15, 2009

Salvaging a Hub, Part II

The final cleanup on the salvaged Sturmey-Archer TCW III was accomplished by scraping the remaining rust off with a razor blade, then several rounds of polishing with rubbing compound and Brasso. Some areas of the chrome have been cosmetically damaged by the rust, but not the scraping. There has been no structural damage to any of the exterior pieces of this hub. In fact, all cleaned up, many of the bits are in better shape than those on the Huffeigh. I don't post this to gloat (okay, maybe a little), but to demonstrate that even a hub that looks as bad as this one did may be worth a try to salvage and make useable again. Don't give up on bike or on salvage parts just because they look a little rough!

13 comments:

  1. Pat yourself on the back for a good job. Actually, pat the elbow grease container on the lid!

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  2. Hmm, you're getting me all inspired now. On one of my regular routes an old rusty bike has been leaning on a tree and gradually eaten by undergrowth for the last six months. Time to take the Xtracycle and investigate, methinks.

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  3. I can't imagine taking on that hub! Well done!

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  4. Of course it looks better with the shiny red background. Trick photography!

    Just kidding, an excellent job. They really knew how to make things out of quality materials once upon a magical time.

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  5. very impressive!
    turtle wax chrome polish has been my friend in my projects.
    Then again, I have never tackled any Raleigh part that seemingly looked that bad. What a testament to how well these bikes were made.

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  6. Looks great! Amazing what a little work can do to rusted metal. Never ceases to amaze me.

    Have you opened it up yet? Are you going to?

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  7. Thanks Jacob. Typical gunk inside, but not too bad. Not sure whether I'll need to overhaul the interior, sure hope not.

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  8. Oh my, that is so beyond my skill level.
    Admirable, very admirable work!

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  9. Filigree, all that's needed is patience for polishing and scraping, really! I just happen to be stubborn about this sort of thing. If I think something can be saved, I'll typically go at it pretty single-mindedly until I think it's good enough. Hence, this blog!

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  10. Beautiful work. I recently purchased a 79 Raleigh Sports and performed my first overhaul on a Sturmey Archer hub - but it was easy compared to this!

    Thanks you so much for your great posts and beautiful photography. I happened to discover your blog a several weeks ago and have been checking it daily.

    One question from the novice 3-speed restorer: The arm-extension plate on the non-cog side of the hub (the metal part that sticks out with the hole on the non-chain/cog side of the hub) - that is supposed to be fastened to a bolt that attaches to the frame's chainstays, correct?

    Would you mind perhaps sending me a photo of this, of a correctly installed wheel w/ hub and its attachment point to the non-cog side chainstay? I think this piece, which attached the "arm-extension plate" to the chainstay, may have been missing from my men's Sports. Any help is greatly appreciated - dmaddox1@gmail.com.

    Thank you :)

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  11. Thanks David M. The arm on the left side of this hub is for the coaster brake. Most S-A hubs will probably not be coaster models, and so they will not have this arm. It is probable that your Sports did not have a coaster hub, so don't worry, there's nothing missing on yours.

    Or perhaps I've misunderstood and you're referring to the bracket that attaches the coaster arm to the chain stay?

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  12. Hi, look up 'electrolytic rust removal' on google. Very simple to set up and never ceases to amaze me. I've just put all the chrome of an old speedwell i'm fixing for my girlfriend through it - soooo cool!

    Its a matter of a bucket with some sodium bicarbonate or sodium bicarbonate, a battery or battery charger and waiting for the magic to happen.

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