Suntour Sprint hub in the front. I have always used name-brand paints; I've never tried, and don't trust, cheapo store brands. The Jewel 1954 - an example of the high-quality work produced by Carlton for their top-of-the-range machines: Thanks to Peter Lowry for these images The same lugs seen from the front More details of the above machine at Below are images of a 1958 Carlton Catalina - frame number E6898. Since the bike is almost completely original, it makes sense to try to restore all the components instead of replacing them; this is a great oportunity to obtain a truly original bike. Soon, I could ride fast enough to feel the wind in my face and the exhilaration of a good ride. In 1924, George's son, Horace M.
Because of the age and corrosion, many parts were difficult to remove. I also made sure that the nickel plating was a little thicker. For example, derailleur cable guides, first clamp-ons and then braze-ons, were located on top of the bottom bracket. Includes brazed-on fittings for brake and shift cables to give smooth, trouble-free operation. Huffman purchased the Davis Sewing Machine Company and in 1890 moved its sewing machine factory from Watertown, New York, to Dayton, Ohio. Since the bike had no artwork when I received it, I used pictures from the and other material sent to me by the helpful guys on the e-mail list. Several were for sale on eBay, but all were either too expensive or in unacceptable condition.
My blue Carlton was born in 1965. I decided not to do it, however, for a couple of reasons: first, it would be hard to make sure that the platers didn't plate the bearing races or the threads, and second, the whole job was just getting too stretched out. In order to secure these spectacular mass orders, the company had to cut its prices to an absolute minimum and in the end it was found not to be profitable. The pulleys were worn, and one, not original, didn't fit right. The once-shiny hex-head bolts that held the brakes together were badly corroded; all Weinmann brakes seem to do this. A great surprise was finding a Raleigh factory form, stained with rust and primer, folded and tucked into the bottom-bracket shell! I've done it a few times.
The main differences being whether it had a Raleigh headbadge mostly with the Raleigh anniversary badge but there are examples of the silver Herons Crest badge being used or a Carlton one. It's best to take off all the parts, but you can leave on some that are notoriously difficult to remove and replace, easy to mask, and don't get in the way. Unfortunately, the flash makes the color look more blue than it really is; the green in the Carlton and Catalina logos matches the frame color much better than it seems. So, you might be thinking I titled this write-up because the bike is now so fresh it looks like it came out of a time machine. He imported many of Britain and Europe's top marques like Falcon, Elswick Hooper, Jack Taylor, Alpina, Royal Scot, Olmo, Legnano and, before the Raleigh takeover, Carlton.
Then there are those interested in finding a place where they can share history. Thanks for the information, Bob. The colored inks didn't have this problem, so I just created a near-black color from the Adobe Photoshop color palette to use for the black areas. Further, all lightweight model design and specification was henceforth entrusted to Carlton under Gerald O'Donovan. The machine came without the original wheelset and the replacement is not correct per the original specs.
Solid colors are just too damned dignified, even for a British bike. The last appearance and a cut-off scan to boot of a Huffy-Carlton was in the 1969 brochure with model 622 Catalina extreme right the only model offered that final year. I did not disassemble the individual components at this point, but once they were off the bike, I could get a good look at them and evaluate them pretty well. So, most bicycles, from the beginning of time, right through to the early eighties, will be made of some form of steel pipe or tubing. The seat post was tight, so I sanded it down a bit. Many bikes made in the Orient have some of the same characteristics of English-made ones though, so it could also be Chinese made. I bought old frames, gave them a new paint job and scrounged around bike shops for the parts to rebuild them.
I found a few similar bikes on the web and copied their artwork. Now for the main coats of paint. It seems as though documenting build history by notes inside the tubing was not uncommon for Carlton. When you're finished, there should be no shiny areas, and the whole surface should be smooth to the touch. As you add coats, the coverage will get better, until finally the frame is completely and uniformly covered. And so it goes with many frame set features.
I then replated the raised areas with nickel, and painted the red and blue parts of the badge under a microscope. Fortunately, the frame itself seemed to be pretty straight. To cyclist the world over the name 'Carlton' stands supreme for hand-made cycle design, construction and finish. I sand the visible part of the handlebars, to remove deep scratches, and noticed something that looked like a crack! I kept the Normandy ones, which actually were not half bad, for a later project. It is Carlton policy, however, to supply our machines only through Carlton dealers, who have been selected for their interest in cycling and their ability to give satisfactory service. With care, however, I succeed in getting one good decal. I decided to keep the original finish, it wasn't completely hopeless.