Re: [CR]Restoration Project 1978 Viscount Sebring


Example: Framebuilding:Brazing Technique
To: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
Date: Sat, 23 Feb 2002 20:01:13 -0500
Subject: Re: [CR]Restoration Project 1978 Viscount Sebring
From: "Karl Frantz" <karl.frantz@juno.com>


On Sat, 23 Feb 2002 15:57:08 -0500 "William Stitt" <wjs22@hotmail.com> writes:
>
> My questions are, does anyone know what type of steel frame tubing was used
> to make this bike

Viscounts were made of straight gauge 4130 chrome-molibdenum steel tubing, fillet brazed.

Mine is ca. 1975 (I bought it in 1977) and is "handmade by Trusty of England". Contrary to some of the histories I've seen I think Yamaha was the final owner (I've read accounts both ways; the warranty replacement fork I got sometime after I bought the bike came from Yamaha, the story I heard at the time was Yamaha bought the Viscount business and got stuck with the fork problem and recalled them all).

If yours has lugs, it may be an early one, but I though the lugged ones were all Lamberts.
>
> I guess my other question is does it sound as though my restoration plans
> are out of bounds with a classic cycle board?

Viscounts aren't terribly valuable, so it wouldn't pay to go *too* far with restoring it, but there's a lot of sentimental value in one's first good bike. I'd say it's pretty cool you were able to get it back!

Karl Frantz Sterling, Massachusetts -------------------------------------------------- Karl.Frantz@juno.com