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#1 2012-05-03 2:18pm

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1994 GT Pro Freestyle Tour Restoration (pic heavy!)

Im busy doing a full restoration on a 1994 GT Prof Freestyle Tour, and as there will be a lot of work done on it I thought Id start a thread here to share some of the work I do, as well as hopefully get some tips from other guys working on similar bikes. cool

Ever since I opened BMX Plus mag in 94 I have wanted a GT PFT. A few weeks ago I picked one up on Ebay in a sorry state and the plan is to get it back to its former glory. The end result will hopefully look something like this.

http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d84/DemonGt/94pftt.jpg

This is how the bike arrived at my place. Although it is it pretty bad shape it is largely original in terms of parts. Sadly the stuff that is missing is going to be quite hard to find but IM sure I will get there in the end.

http://www.sirmerlin.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/94_GT-Pro-freestyle-tour-in-box.jpg

As soon as I had it I set about stripping it down and seeing what I could salvage and what needed to be replaced. All of the chrome as in real bad shape with rust covering pretty much everything. I heard that Oxalic acid was the way to go about getting rid of it so got the chrome bits separated out and ready to dip.

http://www.sirmerlin.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/94_GT-Pro-freestyle-tour-stripped.jpg

The previous owner had only used the bike for flatlad so the frame, fork and bars was perfectly strait and free of dents. Id never used Oxalic acid before but it it worked the bike should tidy up quite nicely. I mixed about 150g of OA crystals in about 25l of water and put all the parts in. The mixture was quite weak compared to what others suggested, but as it was my first time using it I figured it would be better to take it easy.

http://www.sirmerlin.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/94_GT-Pro-freestyle-tour-in-oxalic-acid.jpg

I was amazed at how quickly it started to work, and after only 1 hour you could already see the rust desolving into the acid solution. In the end I left the parts int he mixture for 5 hours and I was really impressed with the results. Here are some before and after pics. Please note the after pics have had NO polishing done to the items. They have just been taked strait out of the solution. Im going to polish them with peek polish over the weekend and will post more pics once that is done. For now though you can see the type of result OA can achieve.

Bars before:

http://www.sirmerlin.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/94_GT-Pro-freestyle-tour-bars_before3.jpg

http://www.sirmerlin.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/94_GT-Pro-freestyle-tour-bars_before2.jpg

http://www.sirmerlin.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/94_GT-Pro-freestyle-tour-bars_before.jpg

Bars after:

http://www.sirmerlin.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/94_GT-Pro-freestyle-tour-bars_after3.jpg

http://www.sirmerlin.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/94_GT-Pro-freestyle-tour-bars_after2.jpg

http://www.sirmerlin.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/94_GT-Pro-freestyle-tour-bars_after.jpg

Forks Before:

http://www.sirmerlin.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/94_GT-Pro-freestyle-tour-forks_before3.jpg

http://www.sirmerlin.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/94_GT-Pro-freestyle-tour-forks_before2.jpg

http://www.sirmerlin.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/94_GT-Pro-freestyle-tour-forks_before.jpg

Forks after:

http://www.sirmerlin.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/94_GT-Pro-freestyle-tour-forks_after3.jpg

http://www.sirmerlin.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/94_GT-Pro-freestyle-tour-forks_after2.jpg

http://www.sirmerlin.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/94_GT-Pro-freestyle-tour-forks_after.jpg

The tub I used wasnt big enough to do the frame but Im going to do that in the next few days. All in all though Im really impressed, and after polishing all the parts should come up nicely.

Af the bike arrived with no decals I searched for some replacements but couldn't find anything. I guess with mid school stuff not being as popular as old school there isn't as big a demand for repro decals. As a result Ive decided to create my own repro decals for the frame to the highest possible standard. I started out by gathering as much reference as I could of the originals and then dew up a set in Illustrator. After that I printed out a few different sized sheets to see what would be the correct size stickers for the frame.

http://www.sirmerlin.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/94_GT-Pro-freestyle-tour-decal_design2.jpg

I cut out the ones that looked about the right size and roughly masked them onto the bike.

http://www.sirmerlin.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/94_GT-Pro-freestyle-tour-decal-mack-up.jpg

I used this to make a few final tweaks to the sizes of the stickers and am now almost ready to send them off to get printed. big_smile

Thats as far as I have got for the moment but will do more updates as I make further progress.


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#2 2012-05-03 2:35pm

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Re: 1994 GT Pro Freestyle Tour Restoration (pic heavy!)

Sweet! Don't know if you saw but I posted a set of "Pro Feestyle" sans "tour" decals in the reference section.
http://bmxmuseum.com/forums/viewtopic.php?id=177745
Don't know if you need them anymore but it might be worth a look.


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#3 2012-05-03 2:55pm

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Re: 1994 GT Pro Freestyle Tour Restoration (pic heavy!)

Damn! Wish I had seen that a few days ago haha. Thanks very much for letting me know, I will definitely use those to make sure mine are correct.


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#4 2012-05-03 3:56pm

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Re: 1994 GT Pro Freestyle Tour Restoration (pic heavy!)

No problem, they can't all be 87 Performers lol If the originals would help PM me your address and I'll send them to you.


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#5 2012-05-04 5:55am

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Re: 1994 GT Pro Freestyle Tour Restoration (pic heavy!)

Thanks for the offer. I used the scan you linked to and have now created a set that are 100% accurate. I'm going to send them off to get printed this weekend.cool


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#6 2012-05-04 9:34am

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Re: 1994 GT Pro Freestyle Tour Restoration (pic heavy!)

Nice! cool

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#7 2012-05-04 10:53am

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Re: 1994 GT Pro Freestyle Tour Restoration (pic heavy!)

cool im working on one too, I sent you an email midschooljon.

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#8 2012-05-04 1:43pm

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Re: 1994 GT Pro Freestyle Tour Restoration (pic heavy!)

HuGT1 wrote:

cool im working on one too, I sent you an email midschooljon.

Nice, I will keep an eye out for your mail.

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#9 2012-05-05 11:55am

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Re: 1994 GT Pro Freestyle Tour Restoration (pic heavy!)

My latest ebay purchase arrive. The bike came with an Exposure sprocket so Im glad to have found this going for a good price.

http://www.sirmerlin.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/94_GT-Pro-freestyle-tour-sprocket.jpg


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#10 2012-05-05 12:23pm

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Re: 1994 GT Pro Freestyle Tour Restoration (pic heavy!)

you have room for a bmx museum sticker somewhere around there


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#11 2012-05-05 1:37pm

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Re: 1994 GT Pro Freestyle Tour Restoration (pic heavy!)

nice work, keep the pictures coming

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#12 2012-05-05 6:23pm

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Re: 1994 GT Pro Freestyle Tour Restoration (pic heavy!)

nice, one of my fav year PFT's.

decals look great. the darker green looks correct but the lighter shade should be more of a neon green. might have to get a set from you JUST in case. tongue

Last edited by DemonGT (2012-05-05 6:25pm)


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#13 2012-05-06 12:37am

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Re: 1994 GT Pro Freestyle Tour Restoration (pic heavy!)

DemonGT wrote:

nice, one of my fav year PFT's.

decals look great. the darker green looks correct but the lighter shade should be more of a neon green. might have to get a set from you JUST in case. tongue

Thanks. Yea 94's for me were the last of of the good PFT's. The colours on those print outs were wrong as I only had a laser printer to test the graphics and it couldn't print fluorescent colours. When I get the real ones done I will spec the correct Pantone colours.


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#14 2012-05-06 10:53am

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Re: 1994 GT Pro Freestyle Tour Restoration (pic heavy!)

thats great, id definitely be interested in a set when your done with them. hard part is finding a 94 team frame. hmm


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#15 2012-05-10 8:50am

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Re: 1994 GT Pro Freestyle Tour Restoration (pic heavy!)

DemonGT wrote:

hard part is finding a 94 team frame. hmm

+1
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I'd love to have one myself as well..


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#16 2012-05-11 1:15pm

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Re: 1994 GT Pro Freestyle Tour Restoration (pic heavy!)

Thanks for the comment folks!

Some more parts arrived for the PFT today. Im really excited to have found this GT stem for the bike. All the Euro models had Dyno stems on them and it never looked as good as the US spec GT in my opinion. As soon as I got this bike I had my eye out for one of these stems so was really excited when I stumbled across one. I still need loads of bits to get this bike how I want it but its coming together slowly.

http://www.sirmerlin.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/DSC06620.jpg


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#17 2012-05-11 1:44pm

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Re: 1994 GT Pro Freestyle Tour Restoration (pic heavy!)

Yeah mine has the dyno stem on it, the GT one does look better.

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#18 2012-05-11 1:48pm

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Re: 1994 GT Pro Freestyle Tour Restoration (pic heavy!)

actually my 94 performer had the Dyno stem. but i think the PFT's had a stem like what you have but with no logo at all, just blank. my 92 PFT's stem is like that..blank. i also think the stem's with the dimples around the bolt are for the race bikes which would explain why it has no pots mod stem. the PFT's i do not think had the dimples. there was a 94 team for sale and it had the blank stem. dc1 has/had a 94 team but im not sure what stem it had.


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#19 2012-05-11 1:53pm

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Re: 1994 GT Pro Freestyle Tour Restoration (pic heavy!)

DemonGT wrote:

actually my 94 performer had the Dyno stem. but i think the PFT's had a stem like what you have but with no logo at all, just blank. my 92 PFT's stem is like that..blank. i also think the stem's with the dimples around the bolt are for the race bikes which would explain why it has no pots mod stem. the PFT's i do not think had the dimples. there was a 94 team for sale and it had the blank stem. dc1 has/had a 94 team but im not sure what stem it had.

A friend of mine had a 94 PFT Team and his had the GT stem with dimples. So did a buddy of mine with a 94 Dyno Slammer. Both stems were on the bikes from new. I guess it just changed up from batch to batch.


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#20 2012-05-11 1:57pm

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Re: 1994 GT Pro Freestyle Tour Restoration (pic heavy!)

that is absolutely true midschooljon, they did change parts up over the course of the production year.


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#21 2012-05-21 9:55am

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Re: 1994 GT Pro Freestyle Tour Restoration (pic heavy!)

Few more bits arrived today. The bash guard is for the PFT but the seat will be going on another project. Really pleased to have found a bash guard! It was the one item I wrote off as not being able to include on this bike and then this one popped up while looking for soemthing completely different. Almost have all the bits I need now so itching to start putting it back together. Just need the 48 hole GT hubs and Im done.

http://www.sirmerlin.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/parts.jpg


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#22 2012-05-21 1:37pm

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Re: 1994 GT Pro Freestyle Tour Restoration (pic heavy!)

Nice!  Subcribed. smile

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#23 2012-05-22 4:37pm

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electrongeek wrote:

Nice!  Subcribed. smile

Same smile

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#24 2012-05-25 2:58pm

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Re: 1994 GT Pro Freestyle Tour Restoration (pic heavy!)

we need PICTURES lol


Sorry, but i can't help myself, i wanna see!


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#25 2012-05-26 2:58am

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Re: 1994 GT Pro Freestyle Tour Restoration (pic heavy!)

Thanks for all the interest guys! smile

Ive been slowly chipping away at the list of things to do and here are a few updates. Firstly thanks to J-PHX for pointing out there were some PFT decals in the reference section I managed to combine that reference with what I had already put together and finish the decal artwork. It took me ages but I think Ive got the decals almost 100% perfect now. I sent them of to the printers to get printed and now that I have them back Im really happy with how they turned out. cool

http://www.sirmerlin.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/94-GT-Pro-Freestyle-Tour-decals.jpg

I also started tidying up the brakes that will be going back on the bike. It arrived with 2 boas but as the original had a pitbull on the back I dug out on old one I had from years ago. It was in bas shape so I gave it a fresh coat of paint and its looks almost new now. I chose the best of the 2 Boas and stripped it befroe cleaning it and putting it back together. I still need to find some new chrome nuts for it but asie from that I think its good to go. Finally the levers were pretty chewed up on top (bike was owned by a flatlander) so I stripped them down and refurbished those as well. I still need to sort out the locking buttons as they are still a bit scratched up but they are looking a lot better now.

http://www.sirmerlin.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/brakes.jpg

I also managed to get myself a lay back post as the bike came with original post cut into a strait post, as well as a the original double bold seat clamp. Im waiting for both of those to arrive but when they do I will start building the bike back up again. ( still need some GT 48 hole hubs though sad )


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