Thursday, September 22, 2016

Bill's 1960's Sears Cruiser Restoration

There is quit a story that goes with Bill's Sears Cruiser restoration but for now I am going to eave it until later.  We are just in the middle of the story and I don't want to ruin some of it going forward.  When the story is complete I will post the whole story.

For now I will say the Sears Cruiser will receive a total restoration with new paint, new tires, new handlebars, new grips, new seat and all new bearings.

The Sears Cruiser is rough, it has been outside for a time but I think it will turn out very nice.


Bill's 1960's Sears Cruiser Restoration - Bicycle Before

Bill's 1960's Sears Cruiser Restoration - Bicycle Before

Bill's 1960's Sears Cruiser Restoration - Bicycle Before
Front Fender

Bill's 1960's Sears Cruiser Restoration - Bicycle Before
Front Wheel Hub

Bill's 1960's Sears Cruiser Restoration - Bicycle Before
Front Wheel Rim

Bill's 1960's Sears Cruiser Restoration - Bicycle Before
Handlebars

Bill's 1960's Sears Cruiser Restoration - Bicycle Before
Handlebars

Bill's 1960's Sears Cruiser Restoration - Bicycle Before
Stem

Bill's 1960's Sears Cruiser Restoration - Bicycle Before
Head Tube

Bill's 1960's Sears Cruiser Restoration - Bicycle Before
Front Fender

Bill's 1960's Sears Cruiser Restoration - Bicycle Before
Down Tube

Bill's 1960's Sears Cruiser Restoration - Bicycle Before
Seat

Bill's 1960's Sears Cruiser Restoration - Bicycle Before
Seat Tube

Bill's 1960's Sears Cruiser Restoration - Bicycle Before
Drive Train

Bill's 1960's Sears Cruiser Restoration - Bicycle Before
Crank

Bill's 1960's Sears Cruiser Restoration - Bicycle Before
Pedals

Bill's 1960's Sears Cruiser Restoration - Bicycle Before
Seat Area

Bill's 1960's Sears Cruiser Restoration - Bicycle Before
Rear Wheel Hub Area

Bill's 1960's Sears Cruiser Restoration - Bicycle Before
Rear Wheel Hub

Bill's 1960's Sears Cruiser Restoration - Bicycle Before
Rear Wheel Rim

Bill's 1960's Sears Cruiser Restoration - Bicycle Before
Rear Fender

Bill's 1960's Sears Cruiser Restoration - Frame Before

Bill's 1960's Sears Cruiser Restoration - Frame Before
Head Tube

Bill's 1960's Sears Cruiser Restoration - Frame Before
Head Tube

Bill's 1960's Sears Cruiser Restoration - Frame Before
Head Tube

Bill's 1960's Sears Cruiser Restoration - Frame Before
Down Tubes

Bill's 1960's Sears Cruiser Restoration - Frame Before
Down Tube Strut

Bill's 1960's Sears Cruiser Restoration - Frame Before
Down Tube

Bill's 1960's Sears Cruiser Restoration - Frame Before
Seat Area

Bill's 1960's Sears Cruiser Restoration - Frame Before
Seat Tube

Bill's 1960's Sears Cruiser Restoration - Frame Before
Seat Tube

Bill's 1960's Sears Cruiser Restoration - Frame Before
Bottom Bracket

Bill's 1960's Sears Cruiser Restoration - Frame Before
Bottom Bracket

Bill's 1960's Sears Cruiser Restoration - Frame Before
Bottom Bracket

Bill's 1960's Sears Cruiser Restoration - Frame Before
Seat Area

Bill's 1960's Sears Cruiser Restoration - Frame Before
Seat Stays

Bill's 1960's Sears Cruiser Restoration - Frame Before
Chain Stays

Bill's 1960's Sears Cruiser Restoration - Frame Before
Drop Outs

Bill's 1960's Sears Cruiser Restoration - Frame Before
Fork

Bill's 1960's Sears Cruiser Restoration - Frame Before
Fork

Bill's 1960's Sears Cruiser Restoration - Frame Before
Fork Crown

Bill's 1960's Sears Cruiser Restoration - Frame Before
Fork Crown

Bill's 1960's Sears Cruiser Restoration - Frame Before
Fork Blades

Bill's 1960's Sears Cruiser Restoration - Frame Before
Fork Blades

Bill's 1960's Sears Cruiser Restoration - Frame Before
Fork Drop Outs

Bill's 1960's Sears Cruiser Restoration - Frame Before
Fork Blades
I chemically stripped the paint from the frame.  Below in the photos it after paint stripping and before media blasting.  The rust was pretty bad but it is not structurally bad.  There is some pretty heavy pitting and damage to the surface.  You can see the rust in the photos below.

I then worked in the media blasting cabinet.  I just gave it a light blasting and removed the rust.  I did not want to go overboard with the blasting and smooth everything out because that could thin and weaken the frame.  It will not be perfectly smooth for powder coating but its a trade off in the end.     


Bill's 1960's Sears Cruiser Restoration - Frame Paint Stripped

Bill's 1960's Sears Cruiser Restoration - Frame Paint Stripped
Fork

Bill's 1960's Sears Cruiser Restoration - Frame Paint Stripped
Fork Crown

Bill's 1960's Sears Cruiser Restoration - Frame Paint Stripped
Fork Crown

Bill's 1960's Sears Cruiser Restoration - Frame Paint Stripped
Fork Blades Rust

Over all I am happy with the new paint.  I love the blue, it is called "Cream Soda Blue" and has a great metallic flake to it.  The flake doesn't show up well on photos.  The powder coating isn't perfectly smooth because it is a little thick to try to smooth out some of the rust damage.  But overall it looks good, shines great in the sun and will be very durable.  Perfect for a bike that will be rode a lot.

When you look close in the photos you can see areas where the frame surface was very rough from the rust damage.
Bill's 1960's Sears Cruiser Restoration - Frame Painted

Bill's 1960's Sears Cruiser Restoration - Frame Painted
Head Tube

Bill's 1960's Sears Cruiser Restoration - Frame Painted
Head Tube

Bill's 1960's Sears Cruiser Restoration - Frame Painted
Down Tubes

Bill's 1960's Sears Cruiser Restoration - Frame Painted
Seat Tube Area

Bill's 1960's Sears Cruiser Restoration - Frame Painted
Bottom Bracket

Bill's 1960's Sears Cruiser Restoration - Frame Painted
Bottom  Bracket

Bill's 1960's Sears Cruiser Restoration - Frame Painted
Seat Stays

Bill's 1960's Sears Cruiser Restoration - Frame Painted
Chain Stays

Bill's 1960's Sears Cruiser Restoration - Frame Painted
Drop Outs

Bill's 1960's Sears Cruiser Restoration - Frame Painted
Fork

Bill's 1960's Sears Cruiser Restoration - Frame Painted
Fork Crown

Bill's 1960's Sears Cruiser Restoration - Frame Painted
Fork Crown

Bill's 1960's Sears Cruiser Restoration - Frame Painted
Fork Blades

Bill's 1960's Sears Cruiser Restoration - Frame Painted
Fork Blades
 The headset was first to go on the Sears Cruiser.  It cleaned and polished very nice.  Packed in new grease the headset spins very nice.  I like the polished chrome with the new paint very much.

Bill's 1960's Sears Cruiser Restoration
Headset Before

Bill's 1960's Sears Cruiser Restoration
Headset Polished

Bill's 1960's Sears Cruiser Restoration
Pressing Headset Cups

Bill's 1960's Sears Cruiser Restoration
Headset Cups Pressed

Bill's 1960's Sears Cruiser Restoration
Headset Bearings Packed

Bill's 1960's Sears Cruiser Restoration
Headset Complete

Bill's 1960's Sears Cruiser Restoration
Headset Complete

Bill's 1960's Sears Cruiser Restoration
Headset Complete

Bill's 1960's Sears Cruiser Restoration
Headset Complete
The handlebars are going to be replaced, they are to far gone.  The stem cleaned up and polished beautifully.  I am going to replace the bolt that clamps down on the handlebars, the original is just to far gone.  I like very much how the stem looks installed.

Bill's 1960's Sears Cruiser Restoration
Handlebars Before

Bill's 1960's Sears Cruiser Restoration
Handlebars Before

Bill's 1960's Sears Cruiser Restoration
Handlebars Before

Bill's 1960's Sears Cruiser Restoration
Stem Before

Bill's 1960's Sears Cruiser Restoration
Stem Exploded

Bill's 1960's Sears Cruiser Restoration
Stem Polished

Bill's 1960's Sears Cruiser Restoration
Stem Installed

Bill's 1960's Sears Cruiser Restoration
Stem Installed

Bill's 1960's Sears Cruiser Restoration
Stem Installed
 The seat is going to replaced.  The seat post and binder look rough but after a good cleaning and polishing the seat post and binder turned out great.  I really like the Cream Soda Blue even more as the shiny chrome goes on. 

Bill's 1960's Sears Cruiser Restoration
Seat & Seat Post Before

Bill's 1960's Sears Cruiser Restoration
Seat Post Before

Bill's 1960's Sears Cruiser Restoration
Seat Post Polished

Bill's 1960's Sears Cruiser Restoration
Seat Post Installed

Bill's 1960's Sears Cruiser Restoration
Seat Post Installed
 The wheels are rough but I think they will come back a long ways.  The front wheel spins very gritty.  The rear wheel also spins very rough and the coaster brake does not work.  I broke the wheels down and started the cleaning and polishing process.

The wheel hubs polished beautifully, the rear hub looks amazing.  The wheels rims polished very nice considering where they started.  The rims will require some maintenance to stay shiny but that just a few times a season.

The rear caster hub works very well now that it is restored.  Both wheels spin great!  I am very pleased with the results.
Bill's 1960's Sears Cruiser Restoration
Front Wheel Before

Bill's 1960's Sears Cruiser Restoration
Front Wheel Rim Before

Bill's 1960's Sears Cruiser Restoration
Front Wheel Hub Old Grease

Bill's 1960's Sears Cruiser Restoration
Front Wheel Hub Polished

Bill's 1960's Sears Cruiser Restoration
Front Axle Pieces Ready

Bill's 1960's Sears Cruiser Restoration
Front Wheel Complete

Bill's 1960's Sears Cruiser Restoration
Front Wheel Rim Complete

Bill's 1960's Sears Cruiser Restoration
Front Wheel Complete

Bill's 1960's Sears Cruiser Restoration
Rear Wheel Before

Bill's 1960's Sears Cruiser Restoration
Rear Wheel Hub Before

Bill's 1960's Sears Cruiser Restoration
Rear Wheel Rim Before

Bill's 1960's Sears Cruiser Restoration
Rear Wheel Hub Pieces Before

Bill's 1960's Sears Cruiser Restoration
Rear Wheel Hub Brake Pads Before

Bill's 1960's Sears Cruiser Restoration
Rear Wheel Hub Old Grease

Bill's 1960's Sears Cruiser Restoration
Rear Wheel Hub Before

Bill's 1960's Sears Cruiser Restoration
Rear Wheel Hub Polished

Bill's 1960's Sears Cruiser Restoration
Rear Hub Pieces Ready

Bill's 1960's Sears Cruiser Restoration
Rear Wheel Complete

Bill's 1960's Sears Cruiser Restoration
Rear Wheel Rim Polished

Bill's 1960's Sears Cruiser Restoration
Rear Wheel Complete

Bill's 1960's Sears Cruiser Restoration
Wheels Complete