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Offline Griswold

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1983 Haro Freestyler initial clean
« on: November 07, 2018, 11:18 AM »
Picked this bike up in the summer from on here from the original owner. It's a 1983 Haro Freestyler. Custom built by RadCity BMX. Still has those stickers on.
Apparently the guy only changed the brake cables, which were orginally green.

It was quite rusty when i got it. Wasn't sure how it would cleanup but very pleased with initial results. Remove 95% of rust and chrome not bad under.
Stripped it and cleaned it. That's it so far except I since changed the tyres.


Some before and after pics of initial strip and clean..






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Re: 1983 Haro Freestyler initial clean
« Reply #1 on: November 07, 2018, 11:24 AM »
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Re: 1983 Haro Freestyler initial clean
« Reply #2 on: November 07, 2018, 12:22 PM »
You gazumped me on this one bro ... has turned out really nice though :daumenhoch:.. good work  :smitten:
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Re: 1983 Haro Freestyler initial clean
« Reply #3 on: November 07, 2018, 12:56 PM »
That is really nice mate, don't ever make it mint as there are plenty of re-chromed, re-stickered examples out there :coolsmiley:

You're gonna need a hollow stem bolt to ride it though as that front cable needs to pass down the bolt. If you're not sure look up "Potts mod" on the web and plenty of images / advice how to do it. If you already knew then no drama, but don't ride it like that or you'll come a right cropper....... oh, and pull your bars back a bit or it will be un-rideable like that :-\
Still limping......

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Re: 1983 Haro Freestyler initial clean
« Reply #4 on: November 07, 2018, 01:07 PM »
Cheers guys

Yeah I was surprised to get it tbh. Sorry you lost out.

Don't plan on doing anything to it really. Just keep it clean. Still a fair bit of work to do cleaning really.

The guy had the front brake like that. Think he might have done a makeshift go at freestyle setup.
Definitely noted on bar position. Just chucked it back together after initial clean and took some snaps.
I've already done it tbh. Changed tyres also  just so rideable.

Bearings were all great. Bit work on brakes and it will ride lovely

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« Reply #5 on: November 07, 2018, 10:47 PM »
Cheers guys

Yeah I was surprised to get it tbh. Sorry you lost out.

Don't plan on doing anything to it really. Just keep it clean. Still a fair bit of work to do cleaning really.

The guy had the front brake like that. Think he might have done a makeshift go at freestyle setup.
Definitely noted on bar position. Just chucked it back together after initial clean and took some snaps.
I've already done it tbh. Changed tyres also  just so rideable.

Bearings were all great. Bit work on brakes and it will ride lovely
It’s all good mate, I got a similar survivor frame set at MK off an old pal of mine  :smitten:
« Last Edit: November 07, 2018, 10:48 PM by factory pilot »
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Re: 1983 Haro Freestyler initial clean
« Reply #6 on: November 08, 2018, 01:09 PM »
That came up a treat and looks a great survivor.
Glad you left the original patina including the shop decals .
Great you got it from the original owner but, I just couldn’t sell my original bike even if needs must . :-\
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« Reply #7 on: November 08, 2018, 01:14 PM »
Thanks buddy.

Does anyone know what those tyres are? I have put on some kenda FS which look similar.

Cheers

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« Reply #8 on: November 08, 2018, 07:14 PM »
That is a nice bike. Cleaned up nicely  :)

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Re: 1983 Haro Freestyler initial clean
« Reply #9 on: November 08, 2018, 07:37 PM »
Real nice, what did you do to clean it up? Oxy bath?

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« Reply #10 on: November 08, 2018, 08:14 PM »
That came up a treat and looks a great survivor.
Glad you left the original patina including the shop decals .
Great you got it from the original owner but, I just couldn’t sell my original bike even if needs must . :-\

Totally agree if I’d have been lucky enough to have owned that it wouldn’t have gone anywhere  :daumenhoch:
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« Reply #11 on: November 08, 2018, 11:11 PM »
I just used tin foil and water to clean off rust  >:D
Then chrome polish.

It's obviously a bit pitted but it's kept the shine really well..

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Re: 1983 Haro Freestyler initial clean
« Reply #12 on: November 09, 2018, 06:08 AM »
Thanks buddy.

Does anyone know what those tyres are? I have put on some kenda FS which look similar.

Cheers

They are OG Comp STs mate
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« Reply #13 on: November 09, 2018, 08:31 PM »

They are OG Comp STs mate
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Re: 1983 Haro Freestyler initial clean
« Reply #14 on: November 09, 2018, 08:36 PM »
I just used tin foil and water to clean off rust  >:D

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« Reply #15 on: November 10, 2018, 05:43 PM »
I just used tin foil and water to clean off rust  >:D

 :'(

Haha. Sorry dude. Tbh I thought the chrome would have been ruined. So just start going at it with some Ali foil. Didn't seem to do much damage so just kept going. Plenty graft mind..

On that subject though. What's your chosen method for removing rust?
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« Reply #16 on: November 10, 2018, 06:16 PM »
I just used tin foil and water to clean off rust  >:D

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Haha. Sorry dude. Tbh I thought the chrome would have been ruined. So just start going at it with some Ali foil. Didn't seem to do much damage so just kept going. Plenty graft mind..

On that subject though. What's your chosen method for removing rust?

Citric acid.  :daumenhoch:
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Re: 1983 Haro Freestyler initial clean
« Reply #17 on: November 10, 2018, 07:56 PM »
Always worth a look in the tech n resto section
This was a top thread until Photobucket fooked us up  :'(
http://www.radbmx.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=153492.new#new

Citric or oxalic acid bath
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Goddard’s silver cloth

Save the foil for the Christmas turkey  ;)
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« Reply #18 on: November 10, 2018, 10:23 PM »
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Re: 1983 Haro Freestyler initial clean
« Reply #19 on: November 12, 2018, 01:28 PM »
Looking amazing. The tyres are mitsuboshi/tioga comp ST’s. The tyres are slightly later than the frame/forks, and are from ‘87-91ish
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