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Hi guys... I enjoy doing my own restoration job, especially after I started watching "King of Restoration" few years ago. Anyway, this will be my 3rd project, a Raleigh Chopper MK2. I bought it some time around end of 2012, the condition of the bike is very bad... almost everything is rusty and it is not in working condition too. Anyway, I still bought it as I believe that I can restore this bike till showroom condition.

I am very lucky to get a bike that has the original licence plate, and the frame has the exact same licence plate number embossed at the front of the frame. For anyone who are unsure of what this license plate is, Singapore used to have a ruling that everyone who owns a bicycle needs to have a licence. I can't remember exactly when did this ruling started and when it ended, most probably from the 60s till late 70s I guess...

Anyway, here are the photos of the bike when I just got it... The restoration project is still on-going. So stay tune to this page for more updates. I will be painting this frame into an Art bike wink

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Wow, stock bike. Remember to install those little rear lights and the colourful ribbon on the handle ya!

The Song Seng Chan at Joo Chiat has few N.O.S. gear shifter on sale now. You may take a look.



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Looking forward to the custom paintjob. 

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I have been dragging this project for a long time. Here's some update on what I did recently.

 

Bike was dismantled and started to work on the frame. I removed the paint with paint removal. The best way for such job is bead blasting of cos... but as this is a DIY project, I have to do it the hard way.

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Found the frame serial number. The bike was made in June 1974.

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Sprayed automotive primer and found quite a few areas with corrosion. Gotta patch up those corroded area with putty and sand it.... Lots of work again...

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Removed the seat post, saddle structure and saddle foam. The saddle structure was badly corroded, but the foam is still in great condition. Think I need to do some repair on the saddle structure.

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That's all for my update. Will be sending parts for chroming soon....



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Got mine laying in the shop… waiting…
Hope to get it restored soon
Your's, looking good!



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