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#1 2019-05-16 6:23am

MPearce
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restoring two early Powerlites passed down to me

My uncle raced in the early 80's and I believe was sponsored by Powerlite. He passed these two gems down to me in the early 90's and I rode them up into the late 90's.  I put them up in my grandparent's garage where they sat hidden and forgotten about until now. I am so excited and glad I found this site for information on restoring. Any advice and tips on restoring will be greatly appreciated!





https://i.postimg.cc/pVKJrG21/powerlite.jpg
https://i.postimg.cc/R0FT0Kds/bike1.jpg
https://i.postimg.cc/cCM3hLTt/bike2.jpg
https://i.postimg.cc/6pT72csv/bike4.jpgbarclays cash machine locator
https://i.postimg.cc/MK3HSBcK/bike5.jpg
https://i.postimg.cc/mkXLTxg6/bike6.jpgkey bank locations and hours
https://i.postimg.cc/9fdcrwf9/bike7.jpg
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#2 2019-05-16 6:31am

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Re: restoring two early Powerlites passed down to me

What’s with the key bank locators and cash machine locator?? lollol


Those were put away with some nice parts!!


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#3 2019-05-16 6:32am

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Re: restoring two early Powerlites passed down to me

Start with a good cleaning.


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#4 2019-05-16 6:34am

MPearce
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Re: restoring two early Powerlites passed down to me

RobS wrote:

What’s with the key bank locators and cash machine locator?? lollol


Those were put away with some nice parts!!

lol probably something with the photo hosting site, newbie here trying to figure out how to post pictures

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#5 2019-05-16 6:57am

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#6 2019-05-16 9:13am

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Re: restoring two early Powerlites passed down to me

Dammm is that a 24" Pro and a 20" Pro? Kind of hard to tell on the 24" in the first pic it looks like a Jr. 24".
Anyways ,I would experiment with the OA bath on those puppies. Have Fun!

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#7 2019-05-16 9:25am

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Re: restoring two early Powerlites passed down to me

Loaded.

Everything just needs a good clean (soap and water) then move onto a CAP bath for rusty parts, then regrease and repack and away you go.

Happy days smile

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#8 2019-05-16 9:25am

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Re: restoring two early Powerlites passed down to me

And take your time, you had them long enough, a few weeks won't hurt.

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#9 2019-05-16 10:05am

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Re: restoring two early Powerlites passed down to me

Those are sweet. Be careful with oa bath.

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#10 2019-05-16 10:24am

MPearce
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Re: restoring two early Powerlites passed down to me

OA is OTW, just got my notification from Amazon that it has been shipped. I am definitely going to take my time and clean/polish. I have been reading on here where you don't want a very strong mixture of OA and do not leave it soaking over 24 hours. Am I getting that right?

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#11 2019-05-16 10:41am

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Those should clean up nice. Looking forward to the finished pics. cool


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#12 2019-05-16 11:09am

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Re: restoring two early Powerlites passed down to me

metzone wrote:

Those are sweet. Be careful with oa bath.

Oh man here we go again,,,
http://uploads.bmxmuseum.com/user-images/6810/sketch-15580306593105cdda9ed7d.jpg

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#13 2019-05-20 5:28pm

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Ooooooohhhhhh yeeeeeaaaaaa.... CAP:D

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#14 2019-05-20 5:43pm

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Re: restoring two early Powerlites passed down to me

Lots of patina for sure.


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#15 2019-05-20 9:31pm

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Re: restoring two early Powerlites passed down to me

The rear on the 20 looks bent from the photos. Soap and water to clean the surface to start. Chrome polish/rust remover and some hand work  in the tight spots to see how the chrome is going to come up. Better  IMO If you can do it by hand. If you OA bath soak and flush all the tubes well with soap and water afterward. Leftover OA can eat the tubes from the inside and crack the decals.


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#16 2019-05-20 10:03pm

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Re: restoring two early Powerlites passed down to me

In for this clean up.

Those Harry Leary cranks are something very special and worth some good money.


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#17 2019-05-20 10:21pm

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Re: restoring two early Powerlites passed down to me

brackett wrote:

In for this clean up.

Those Harry Leary cranks are something very special and worth some good money.

Same here. Those cranks aren't something you just throw in a "bath" and hope for the best. The pinch bolts will turn black before you know it.


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#18 2019-05-20 10:56pm

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Re: restoring two early Powerlites passed down to me

1979 wrote:

brackett wrote:

In for this clean up.

Those Harry Leary cranks are something very special and worth some good money.

Same here. Those cranks aren't something you just throw in a "bath" and hope for the best. The pinch bolts will turn black before you know it.

Pinch bolts?


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#19 2019-05-20 11:03pm

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Re: restoring two early Powerlites passed down to me

BTW guys, I've been using Krud Kutter clearer on chrome just for surface cleaning and it's been doing wonders, pinholes disappeared on some steel rims I just did which really shocked me. And it's supposed to have a rust inhibitor in it, but they still advise washing chrome when you're done. He could just clean the outside and spray his choice of rust inhibitor into the tubes: I did some rusty derailleurs with WD-40 and they've been sitting in the garage for a year with a waxy coating remaining, and I know there's much better stuff than that available.


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#20 2019-05-20 11:08pm

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Re: restoring two early Powerlites passed down to me

Crashman wrote:

1979 wrote:

brackett wrote:

In for this clean up.

Those Harry Leary cranks are something very special and worth some good money.

Same here. Those cranks aren't something you just throw in a "bath" and hope for the best. The pinch bolts will turn black before you know it.

Pinch bolts?

Spindle bolts, crank bolts, pinch bolts, etc... whatever you want to call them. roll

Point was any of those steel bolts with cheap plating on them tend to turn black when left in anything acidic too long.

Last edited by 1979 (2019-05-20 11:12pm)


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#21 2019-05-20 11:17pm

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Re: restoring two early Powerlites passed down to me

Just be careful or leave them Harry Leary cranks alone. Please!


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#22 2019-05-20 11:21pm

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Re: restoring two early Powerlites passed down to me

Them Leary cranks don't really work with that bike anyway. You should sell them to fund this project.

Wash them cranks with hot water and dish soap and that's it.


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#23 2019-05-21 4:54am

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Re: restoring two early Powerlites passed down to me

handlebars and frames are only going into the oa. I am not cutting corners, going to take my time and get them looking good the best I can.

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#24 2019-05-21 6:19am

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Re: restoring two early Powerlites passed down to me

MPearce wrote:

handlebars and frames are only going into the oa. I am not cutting corners, going to take my time and get them looking good the best I can.

Do a CAP or OA and DO NOT USE ANY STEEL WOOL ON IT! Please. big_smile From what I have discovered is that if the chrome is in great shape, 0000 steel wool and wd40 are ok to use lightly. But anytime there is rust involved it scratches the piss out of the chrome. Soak it until the rust will brush away using a tooth brush or a brass bristled brush.


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#25 2019-05-21 11:02am

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Re: restoring two early Powerlites passed down to me

Unfortunately they are both junk and you should send them to me..... for disposal purposes of course. big_smile

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