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#1 2013-01-24 1:20pm

Raindog74
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1989 Haro Master Restoration Project

Hello, I'm starting a thread to document the restoration of a 1989 Haro Master!

I received a bare frame / fork set as a Christmas gift from my best friend, fellow 80's freestyle enthusiast, and bmx museum member "bobwfd". (Thanks again for the gift! What a a bad a$$ Christmas gift!)

The frame & fork was an e-bay buy, and given to me. It's sticker bombed, and used and abused with multiple cracks. The previous owner had bolted a piece of aluminum flat stock through the bottom tube (yes, drilled through the bottom tubed and secured with long bolts). The previous owner also had someone braze on 990 mounts on the rear, and whoever did it did a pretty good job (the mounts are nice and square / true, and the braze job was pretty good). I have decided to keep the 990 mounts and will be using a london mod set-up along with a custon bracket that I will make.

Since receiving it, I have taken off the stickers and hardware, and sand blasted it yesterday. I'm know ready to make the weld repairs (I have 20 years experience in welding & metals fabrication, and access to a large shop and all the tools I will need).

My plan is to have the rear of the frame re-chromed, and then paint the bike and forks bright white, duplicating the original Haro design.

I'm not sure what I'm going to do about decals yet, but thinking of the following 3 options. Send me some feed back!

1) Original 1989 decal set (White, pink, and blue decals, the ones seen on the chrome 89's, I think it will look good over white)
2) Put a 1985 Master decal set on it (the ones with the white background)
3) A custom 1989 decal set using the 1985 colors (1989 decal design but with the green, red, blue and white colors from the 85 decals)

I will update the thread as I make progress. Thanks!

As given to me...
http://i1357.photobucket.com/albums/q750/raindog74/Asreceived_zps0db992e5.jpg


After sand blasting

http://i1357.photobucket.com/albums/q750/raindog74/Sandblastedleftside_zpsb1a00ff1.jpg

Cracked rear drop outs

http://i1357.photobucket.com/albums/q750/raindog74/dropoutcracks_zpseb54e727.jpg

Cracked fork drop outs

http://i1357.photobucket.com/albums/q750/raindog74/forkcrack_zps23322c5c.jpg

Cracked seat post base

http://i1357.photobucket.com/albums/q750/raindog74/Crackseatpost_zps1d0285a5.jpg

Holes drilled though the bottom tube

http://i1357.photobucket.com/albums/q750/raindog74/bashguardholes_zps4722af7d.jpg


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#2 2013-01-24 1:41pm

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Re: 1989 Haro Master Restoration Project

Subscribed SON!!!!!!!

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#3 2013-01-24 7:43pm

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Re: 1989 Haro Master Restoration Project

Looks like you have your work cut out for you,

Would it be easier / safer to get a different fork?

You had mentioned having the rear triangle re-chromed, but have you considered going without the chrome? I think an all white bike with the '85 Master decals would look pretty sharp.


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#4 2013-01-24 8:11pm

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Re: 1989 Haro Master Restoration Project

Raindog74 wrote:

My plan is to have the rear of the frame re-chromed

lol How are ya going to chrome half a frame? lol

Semantics aside, I always wish these bike came with 990's. I probably would have kept mine.


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#5 2013-01-24 8:43pm

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Re: 1989 Haro Master Restoration Project

Can dip half the bike and polish half the bike. Seems pretty obvious.....

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#6 2013-01-24 9:20pm

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Re: 1989 Haro Master Restoration Project

Subcribed!  I love these frames!  big_smile

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#7 2013-01-24 9:58pm

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Re: 1989 Haro Master Restoration Project

wow.... whoever owned that frame and fork rode HARD... subscribed .. like to see how this turns out ...


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#8 2013-01-24 10:00pm

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Re: 1989 Haro Master Restoration Project

I'm in,lol!


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#9 2013-01-24 10:24pm

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Re: 1989 Haro Master Restoration Project

bobwfd wrote:

Can dip half the bike and polish half the bike. Seems pretty obvious.....

Ok. LMK how that works out for you.


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#10 2013-01-27 7:20am

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Re: 1989 Haro Master Restoration Project

Won't have to "let you know how it turns out". It will be posted here for all to see


psychoduddycycles wrote:

bobwfd wrote:

Can dip half the bike and polish half the bike. Seems pretty obvious.....

Ok. LMK how that works out for you.

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#11 2013-01-27 2:22pm

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Re: 1989 Haro Master Restoration Project

Marked...........wink


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#12 2013-01-27 8:55pm

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Subscribed! smile


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#13 2013-01-28 7:13am

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Re: 1989 Haro Master Restoration Project

Update: I worked on making the weld repairs over the weekend, took me about 7 hours to complete the repairs. Things went pretty good, I ran into a small issue when repairing the bottom tube / bash-guard rivets. The bash-guard was originally held onto the frame using rivet nuts, but the previous owner had drilled out the rivets, drilled through the bottom tube, and secured the guard with bolts. When he drilled out the rivets, the back side of the rivets fell into the inside of the tube, and must have been driving him nuts. So, he filled the bottom tube end with clear silicone to get rid of the rattle. All of that silicone caused some issues early on when I started making the weld repairs, but was able to remove the silicone using a pick, pulling the silicone through the holes I drilled in the tube for the new threaded inserts (I used 1/4"-20 SS nuts, welded them in place and blended them into the frame)

The drop out repairs went well. I used a cut off wheel and notched / grooved out the cracks so that I could get good penetration through the entire crack. Same procedure for the forks, they came out good as well. Randolph Carter, I did consider replacing the forks, but since making the repairs I'm confident the repairs were successful.

I used a Miller TIG machine to make the repairs, set at about 65 amps. I used 3/32" ER 70S-2 low-carbon steel TIG wire.

On tap this week: Getting my hands on a decal set, and deciding which path I will take regarding the paint / chrome (Chrome the rear, or, paint the whole frame). I have sent an e-mail to my chrome guy to see if it’s possible to chrome just the rear of the bike (I don’t want to spend $250 to chrome the whole frame if I'm going to paint over it....)

Seat post base repairs
http://i1357.photobucket.com/albums/q750/raindog74/Postmastafterweld_zpsba3eb5ea.jpg


Fork repair
http://i1357.photobucket.com/albums/q750/raindog74/Forks_zps35988142.jpg

Replacement of the rivet nuts with with welded in 1/4"-20 SS nuts.
http://i1357.photobucket.com/albums/q750/raindog74/Bashnuts_zpscc97a90b.jpg

Welded the nuts in place
http://i1357.photobucket.com/albums/q750/raindog74/Bashnutswelded_zpsf6cf8224.jpg

And polished / blended them
http://i1357.photobucket.com/albums/q750/raindog74/bashnutscomplete_zps59295a51.jpg

Drop out repairs (showing notched / grooved crack)
http://i1357.photobucket.com/albums/q750/raindog74/Weldingdropouts_zps8608305f.jpg

Completed right drop out
http://i1357.photobucket.com/albums/q750/raindog74/Rightdropoutcomplete_zps22b6602b.jpg

Completed left drop out
http://i1357.photobucket.com/albums/q750/raindog74/Leftdropoutcomplete_zps061d0dbe.jpg

I removed the factory single cable guide and installed 2 new cable guides (Im going to use a Odyssey london mod set-up, but will custom fab a bracket that will bolt on to the seat post tube)
http://i1357.photobucket.com/albums/q750/raindog74/Cableguides_zpsbcf81c33.jpg


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#14 2013-01-28 8:54am

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Re: 1989 Haro Master Restoration Project

Looking good! big_smile


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#15 2013-01-28 9:12am

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bobwfd wrote:

Subscribed SON!!!!!!!

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#16 2013-01-28 9:13am

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Great job on the repairs and I love the custom touches. smile

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#17 2013-01-28 11:19am

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You got some skills cool

Very impressive smile



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#18 2013-01-28 11:23am

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Re: 1989 Haro Master Restoration Project

Thanks for all the responses and words of encouragement!


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#19 2013-01-28 12:27pm

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That is awesome. You don't actually need a London Mod, you have a raindog74 mod! That is very impressive indeed!

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#20 2013-01-28 1:29pm

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Nice work on the repairs ........SKILLS.........winkcool

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#21 2013-01-28 1:48pm

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You do nice work and the repairs look great.  I've gotta subscribe to this one.


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#22 2013-01-28 5:32pm

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Re: 1989 Haro Master Restoration Project

Looking Good.

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#23 2013-01-28 8:27pm

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Awesome repairs, I can't wait to see this one come together! wink


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#24 2013-01-29 12:52am

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Fantastic job,Subscribed!!!!!!winkbig_smile

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#25 2013-01-29 4:05am

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