Sun Worksop Frame Fixed Up

>> Saturday, 9 May 2009

I picked up this snazzy 19.5" Sun Worksop frame at Re-Cycle, it had seen better days, in fact it looked like it had been stored outdoors for the last 20 years but that didn't put me off. It proved to be quite a project, the cottered cranks were well and truly stuck so I 'employed' the services of my good friend Julian who is a real man with tools.

The crank arms had to be angle-ground off the spindle, then one of them welded to a bottom bracket cup in order to unscrew it, he then went to work on the pump arms, cable guides and the hideous light thing on the right fork. Next he beat the living daylights out of the worst of the rust using a wirey attachment for the grinder. Last but not least he got the head badge off for me.

I then did a terrible job of sanding the remaining parts of the frame before masking it up and spraying it Montana 94 Valley Green (9r-6018) which is a super thick, sweet smelling graffiti paint available at Exist. The colour is awesome but its a bit knobbly bobbly cause I really really hate sanding, it's gotta be the worst thing in the world!

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I'm not afraid of a bit of rust!

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Angle grinding the cottered cranks off

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Off comes all the "faff"

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Welding a crank arm to the seized bottom bracket cup

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A gentle whack and...

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...out it comes

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Removing the snazzy head badge

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Sweeeeet!

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Sanding the worst of the rust off

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Before

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After

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Ready for graffiti-ing

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"Heroes in a half shell, Turtle Power!"

green sun worksop fixie clase graffiti
Lookin' fresh with the classic 'Kids of Clase' graffiti, booyaa!

11 comments:

Anonymous 19 August 2009 at 18:31  

Outstanding article on a real rust bucket, I've seen a few (Peugeots notably) but not much on the web except those that warn one to avoid bikes with too much rust. Great Blog. Bookmarked.

TC in Minnesota, USA (if my google name doesn't come through and I go as anon.)

tfrancis 19 August 2009 at 18:38  

Cheers dude :-)

I'm saving up for a Bob Jackson, it'll be my first brand new frame!

Phillip 22 September 2009 at 04:11  

dude, what colour green is that and where do I buy it!

123 123 29 December 2009 at 13:23  

Interesting article you got here. I'd like to read a bit more about this matter. Thanks for giving this info.
The only thing it would be great to see here is such photo or even two :)
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Anonymous 17 February 2010 at 21:22  

It's nice to see a bike that would otherwise be in trash get a new life. Great work! I'm looking for an old rusty beast myself for a project.

stan the man 4 April 2010 at 03:20  

Hi man, just wondering if you still have your old head badge from your sun worksop as i have a old sun frame without one and would love to put it on?
If you do.......
call me on 07877 892160 or
email me on stancsmith71@gmail.com.....
hope you get this bro.
stan

STAN 4 April 2010 at 03:25  

Hi man, just wondering if you still have your old head badge from your sun worksop as i have a old sun frame without one and would love to put it on?
If you do.......
call me on 07877 892160 or
email me on stancsmith71@gmail.com.....
hope you get this bro.
stan

steve_333 8 March 2012 at 17:58  

I have one of these frames in need of some restoration. Do you think they're worth much? (Photos available on request.)

Steve.
steve_barker333@hotmail.com

tfrancis 8 March 2012 at 18:01  

They aren’t really worth anything. Early ones are worth more than later ones, after they were bought out out by Raleigh...

steve_333 8 March 2012 at 18:40  

I reckon mine could be quite old. If it's not worth anything then I'd still rather give it to an enthusiast that scrap it.

I've put some photos here:

http://imageshack.us/homepage/?user=steve_barker333

Any comments/advice gratefully received.

Thanks,

Steve.

tfrancis 8 March 2012 at 18:46  

Yours is post buyout, a little bit of info can be found here: http://www.classiclightweights.co.uk/carlton.html

Still nice though, find out if there is a charity bike recycling place neer you, I’m sure they’d make sure it goes to a good home.

Ty