In this close-up, it's clear how badly this bike needs to be cleaned up and refreshed.
It's out of focus, but notice the rust covering the bottom chain stay. That's actually just a layer of rust-saturated grease from the old chain. I didn't find a good time or place to clean that off after replacing the chain in April.
Before pic - just for the record
Not used to seeing my bike like this. Disassembly is going smoothly, for the most part.
Ew ... grody
KILL IT WITH FIRE!!
This kickstand is made from a massive hunk of aluminum and has fused to the steel bolt. It happens to be the only major component of this bike that is not steel or rubber. Anyone know how to remove these darn things? (Fire did no harm but was of no help - may try boiling water today)
Grime on the driveway, all 56 years' worth. At least it's not in the transmission anymore!
We filled the hub with WD-40 and it poured back out of the bearings black, flowing down the one dark spoke that is visible in the left picture. We migrated out of the garage before too much of a mess was made. I spun the gear as Nikolai injected the oil and this took up the majority of our time. After 2/3 of the can, the WD-40 started to run clear.
Nik buffing the headlight lens
Making some noise
Nik got the bright idea to clean the surface rust off the rear wheel while it was still covered in WD-40. Compared to a photo further above, the difference is astounding.
Bike all packed up to move out of Mom's parking space. Let's light some of that WD-40 on fire!