In my typical re-cycling method I have dismantled the bike to see what I am up against before I get too involved with cosmetics. It’s nice to know that your old bike will last after putting such a lot of time into it!
The results so far show that the steering head bearings are good and the frame is straight. I have an identical replacement steerer lock nut in better condition in my collection. This old spanner (below) is for cone adjustment and the two pins are for this type of steering locknut and also fit the bottom bracket races on old bikes. The little square cut-out fits the little chainwheel pins, and possibly the old square ended wheel axles too.
The front wheel needs new cones and bearings as one side has been run dry and pitted the cone. Some spoke tightening is needed as well so I have run some penetrating oil into the spoke nipples in readiness.
The crank axle has some slight pitting and may need replacing, certainly with new bearings. There is an oiler fitted to the BB but “grease is the word” here. I want to keep the old chain wheel and I have a replacement left crank in the same size, but a slightly different style and also some new cotter pins.
With the rear hub, cleaning off the oil has revealed the 3 rifles BSA logo. I have disassembled and cleaned the internals ready for reassembly.
Here is the C-spanner to remove the L.H. thread lock ring :
And the chain whip to remove the cog :
There is a very small amount of pitting here and there but overall it’s in reasonable condition and the bearings look OK. Rear hubs like this generally remain lubricated inside for long periods. A felt seal has protected the outer axle bearings better than the plain seal on the Perry hub of the Malvern Star.
I like to keep track of the order of things using wire ties :
Many of the hub components are stamped “BSA”, and the brake arm “New Eadie”.
Here are the brake parts from the hub centre :
All good fun on a rainy day – I could do with a ride though …