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#1 2012-11-25 8:51am

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1987 General RL Osborn repair and restoration project...

So a while back during my 87 PFT build my cousin brought me his bike that had the only known parts left to my original PFT back in 87. They were the OGK performer mags, but they were on a cool bike. After help from you folks we ID'd it and now Im on a mission to build it.

How I got it:
http://i1343.photobucket.com/albums/o799/ChrisBilodeau/BMX%20%20Freestyle/General%20RL%20Osborn/2012-06-24_12-36-16_452.jpg


Unfortunately the seat mast was cracked from the seat being way to high and ridden. So I contacted an old  that has a metal shop and was told he could weld rather well. So I dropped off the General along with an 86 GT Pro Performer and an 88 GT Performer that needed to have the mast's repaired as well. After he saw the break on the RL he wanted to just replace the whole pipe made the key hole. So I ordered a length of 4130 and made the key hole.

The Break:
http://i1343.photobucket.com/albums/o799/ChrisBilodeau/BMX%20%20Freestyle/General%20RL%20Osborn/2012-11-18_11-35-00_319.jpg
http://i1343.photobucket.com/albums/o799/ChrisBilodeau/BMX%20%20Freestyle/General%20RL%20Osborn/2012-11-18_11-36-22_340.jpg
http://i1343.photobucket.com/albums/o799/ChrisBilodeau/BMX%20%20Freestyle/General%20RL%20Osborn/2012-11-18_11-35-30_638.jpg
The New Mast:
http://i1343.photobucket.com/albums/o799/ChrisBilodeau/BMX%20%20Freestyle/General%20RL%20Osborn/2012-11-18_11-34-30_762.jpg


So friday night he dropped off one of the GT's that he repaired. I was impressed. I cut off the old broken pipe about a half inch above the factory weld:
http://i1343.photobucket.com/albums/o799/ChrisBilodeau/BMX%20%20Freestyle/General%20RL%20Osborn/2012-11-24_17-05-17_498.jpg

So now a little relieved that he is great, I couldn't wait to get the RL back. Well he dropped it off this morning:
http://i1343.photobucket.com/albums/o799/ChrisBilodeau/BMX%20%20Freestyle/General%20RL%20Osborn/2012-11-25_11-20-16_811.jpg
http://i1343.photobucket.com/albums/o799/ChrisBilodeau/BMX%20%20Freestyle/General%20RL%20Osborn/2012-11-25_11-19-49_475.jpg
He had to fill the area of the horseshoe as it was rotten inside the weld.
http://i1343.photobucket.com/albums/o799/ChrisBilodeau/BMX%20%20Freestyle/General%20RL%20Osborn/2012-11-25_11-20-11_504.jpg

So happy with the results I am anxious to get this rolling:
This is the end result I am going for, but am having a hard time to find the correct colored decals. So if someone finds a set let me know!!!
http://i1343.photobucket.com/albums/o799/ChrisBilodeau/BMX%20%20Freestyle/General%20RL%20Osborn/Scan0002.jpg

I will update as I progress through the build!

Chris


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#2 2012-11-25 9:20am

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Re: 1987 General RL Osborn repair and restoration project...

Glad to see you're saving a General!!!

For the stickers, check out AJKBikes.com - I'm sure there's other sources, but this is the one I know of.

They have the red set for the complete bike. See if this link will work:
http://ajkbikes.com/catalog/product_inf … kg4dq5lr10

Keep us posted on the restoration. I'll be watching.


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#3 2012-11-25 10:25am

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Re: 1987 General RL Osborn repair and restoration project...

Sticker set ordered! Thank you!


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#4 2012-11-25 10:49am

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Re: 1987 General RL Osborn repair and restoration project...

Awesome save!

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#5 2012-11-25 11:15am

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Re: 1987 General RL Osborn repair and restoration project...

Job done right...looks good.


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#6 2012-11-25 11:37am

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Re: 1987 General RL Osborn repair and restoration project...

gtiguy wrote:

Sticker set ordered! Thank you!

Glad to help and looking forward to seeing updates as the rebuild progresses.


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#7 2012-11-27 6:58am

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Re: 1987 General RL Osborn repair and restoration project...

Those repairs look excellent, Chris. Who'd you have do them?


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#8 2012-11-27 7:18am

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Re: 1987 General RL Osborn repair and restoration project...

Very good work smile

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#9 2012-11-27 8:53am

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Re: 1987 General RL Osborn repair and restoration project...

bmxism wrote:

Those repairs look excellent, Chris. Who'd you have do them?

Thanks Dave! Dave Ferland welded them for me. He is an old friend/relative that is starting metal shop a few miles from my house in Poland.


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#10 2012-11-27 10:00am

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Re: 1987 General RL Osborn repair and restoration project...

The slot looks killer.


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#11 2012-11-27 10:58am

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Re: 1987 General RL Osborn repair and restoration project...

yikes  cool


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#12 2013-03-19 7:04pm

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Re: 1987 General RL Osborn repair and restoration project...

So I finally got the frame back from the PC, and its the wrong red. Its darker than discussed. It does however match the nipples so I'm running it. Let the assembly start.http://i1343.photobucket.com/albums/o799/ChrisBilodeau/IMG_20130319_215918_060_zpsde4b68f4.jpg

Also realized the decals are not correct and the script should be white not black/ also have the wrong seat post mast decals. OFW.


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#13 2013-03-19 7:11pm

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Re: 1987 General RL Osborn repair and restoration project...

Here is a link to the 87 General line up catalog with specs including the RL Signature Hustler Pro
http://bmxmuseum.com/forums/viewtopic.php?id=180367


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#14 2013-03-19 7:21pm

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Re: 1987 General RL Osborn repair and restoration project...

cool nice.

Here's my OG one.

http://i1228.photobucket.com/albums/ee447/SEA_ELECTRIC/87%20GENERAL%20PRO%20RL%20OSBORNE/0C173056-BC45-471A-A9AF-AECFD41B1200-1097-0000012D443B74E9_zps15fc11c4.jpg

http://i1228.photobucket.com/albums/ee447/SEA_ELECTRIC/87%20GENERAL%20PRO%20RL%20OSBORNE/578311B5-C202-409A-BA99-709107586FC5-1097-0000012C7F46A004_zpsa8f25e95.jpg

http://i1228.photobucket.com/albums/ee447/SEA_ELECTRIC/87%20GENERAL%20PRO%20RL%20OSBORNE/EAF26028-BBC0-45B3-B3E5-36679149AC7B-1097-0000012D220AA94A_zps8ffb7624.jpg


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#15 2013-03-19 7:26pm

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Re: 1987 General RL Osborn repair and restoration project...

TXBONE wrote:

cool nice.

Here's my OG one.
http://i1228.photobucket.com/albums/ee447/SEA_ELECTRIC/87%20GENERAL%20PRO%20RL%20OSBORNE/0C173056-BC45-471A-A9AF-AECFD41B1200-1097-0000012D443B74E9_zps15fc11c4.jpg

Awesome! Just to clarify that is an Osborn Pro as opposed to the OP's RL Signature Hustler Pro


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#16 2013-03-19 7:30pm

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Re: 1987 General RL Osborn repair and restoration project...

Sweet RL! I searched high and low for the hustler pro decals , but only the  RL Pro was available. I bought the set so the frame had some sort of dress code. Eventually someone will have the decals or files to have them made. The RL is a beauty!

Thanks for the reference guide, It perfect! For now Im using parts I have but will correct as I go.

Last edited by gtiguy (2013-03-19 7:30pm)


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#17 2013-06-29 8:22pm

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Re: 1987 General RL Osborn repair and restoration project...

http://i1343.photobucket.com/albums/o799/ChrisBilodeau/BMX%20%20Freestyle/General%20RL%20Osborn/1987_General_Hustler_RL_2013jun29003_WEB_zps2b80086c.jpghttp://i1343.photobucket.com/albums/o799/ChrisBilodeau/BMX%20%20Freestyle/General%20RL%20Osborn/1987_General_Hustler_RL_2013jun29006_WEB_zps4606c86f.jpg
http://i1343.photobucket.com/albums/o799/ChrisBilodeau/BMX%20%20Freestyle/General%20RL%20Osborn/1987_General_Hustler_RL_2013jun29004_WEB_zps452df43e.jpg
http://i1343.photobucket.com/albums/o799/ChrisBilodeau/BMX%20%20Freestyle/General%20RL%20Osborn/1987_General_Hustler_RL_2013jun29005_WEB_zpsc31f8e7e.jpg
http://i1343.photobucket.com/albums/o799/ChrisBilodeau/BMX%20%20Freestyle/General%20RL%20Osborn/1987_General_Hustler_RL_2013jun29008_WEB_zps1e4ffcd0.jpg


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#18 2013-06-29 8:27pm

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Re: 1987 General RL Osborn repair and restoration project...

Looks beautiful , nice job . cool


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#19 2013-06-29 8:35pm

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Re: 1987 General RL Osborn repair and restoration project...

Burning River wrote:

Looks beautiful , nice job . cool

Thank you!


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#20 2013-06-29 9:08pm

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Re: 1987 General RL Osborn repair and restoration project...

Who-ah!!!!
cool


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#21 2013-06-29 9:15pm

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Re: 1987 General RL Osborn repair and restoration project...

i like the darker red better to be honest

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#22 2013-06-30 4:42am

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Re: 1987 General RL Osborn repair and restoration project...

Yeah it looks great! You even found a pair of the tough to find screw in rear pegs! Sweet!


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#23 2013-07-04 1:48pm

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Re: 1987 General RL Osborn repair and restoration project...

Thanks, I agree the red is pretty sweet. I was bummed at first but in the sun this thing shines.


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#24 2013-07-04 8:52pm

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Re: 1987 General RL Osborn repair and restoration project...

awesome!


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#25 2013-07-05 8:14pm

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Re: 1987 General RL Osborn repair and restoration project...

Loving the darker red....well done,.

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