Carlton Constellation c1955-58

Spokesmann

Keeping the Carlton and Sun names alive...
Location
Plymouth, Devon
This is a recent cycle I purchased from a gentleman who contacted me through my website. He basically was not interested in making a profit on the bike, but wanted it to be sold to someone who would look after, restore and above all ride this wonderful machine again. A deal was struck and the cycle winged its way to Plymouth.

For those who dont know, this is a 23" framed model with a all chrome frame. The frame uses Lindrick lugs which were only used in the 1950s. the frame is true with no dents or dings and apart from tyres and brake blocks is entirely original. It uses a 10-speed Cyclo Benelux derailleur with a hand operated front changer - state of the art in 1955! I intend to restore this cycle back to a clean, rideable and sound machine. i have no intention of turning it into a museum piece, so a few scratches and marks will be left. The cycle has a wonderful Lycett Swallow leather saddle which has consumed a fair bit of my Brooks proofhide to get it back to a deep lustre and shine. Apart from new pedals/toe clips and a couple of tyres all this classic machine needs is time and a large helping of elbow grease.

Ill post more images as the restoration progresses.

Enjoy.

Bike as was, (pic by former owner)
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In my cramped workshop
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Dismantling begins...
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Chainwheel is a Williams, driving through a Wiless Bayley BB.

Chrome aint too bad, just need polishing and some rust spots removing
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Knew those take aways would be useful...
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The decals will be replaced by exact originals...
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Should be interesting using this gear change on the road...
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Cyclo Benelux lever...
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The cycle uses Cyclo drop outs front and rear.
 

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Spokesmann

Spokesmann

Keeping the Carlton and Sun names alive...
Location
Plymouth, Devon
I should add if anyone has an idea of how the cycle name appeared presumably on the top tube, id love to know.
 

stevevw

Guru
Location
Herts
Another great bike, ooking forward to seeing the rebuild.
I tell you what you are lucky you are so far away from me or I would be poping round every day to see the progress. ;)

If you come across a nice pair of GB Coureur 66 Calipers could you let me know as the ones on the Italia have broken springs and the anodised GB logo covers are in a bad way.

Cheers Steve
 
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Spokesmann

Spokesmann

Keeping the Carlton and Sun names alive...
Location
Plymouth, Devon
stevevw said:
Another great bike, ooking forward to seeing the rebuild.
I tell you what you are lucky you are so far away from me or I would be poping round every day to see the progress. :rolleyes:

If you come across a nice pair of GB Coureur 66 Calipers could you let me know as the ones on the Italia have broken springs and the anodised GB logo covers are in a bad way.

Cheers Steve

Ebay would be your best bet, Ive seen some go for silly prices, but then again some have gone quite cheaply, say 10-15 notes.

Update on the cycle it is indeed a 1958 model, dating the brakes, derailleur etc.

The cycle was bought from a gent in 1963 by the last owner's granfather who sold it to me. Apparently the bike was purchased to do timetrials in 1963 - the buyer then was in his sixties!

Nice to have some historical provenance with regard to the machine.
 
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Spokesmann

Spokesmann

Keeping the Carlton and Sun names alive...
Location
Plymouth, Devon
A few images from the last fews day work on the bike. Ive repacked the BB and regreased the steerer. Also degreased, cleaned and refitted the brakes. Most of the time has been spent polishing out marks and grime on the frame. I still have the wheels to check over yet. New decals have yet to arrive.

The forks were rechromed in 1999 by the last owner.
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Fork crown and GB MK3 courier brake.
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The Williams double chainset has 46/49 teeth respectively
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TD Cross headset is very sound
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Ive refitted the bars now after much cleaning, these are GB Hiduminium.
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The frame is starting to look a lot better...
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Enjoy.
 

Globalti

Legendary Member
Great shed too!
 
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Spokesmann

Spokesmann

Keeping the Carlton and Sun names alive...
Location
Plymouth, Devon
Been busy over the last week or so. Still much polishing to do, but I've cleaned up the wheels - both are true. Re-packed the rear hub. Cleaning the spokes was a pain. Got the tyres on now - 27" World tours. There will be a lot of adjusting etc, I can see the Benelux rear mech being fun to sort out. It can only be adjusted for inner movement - basically they were made to accommodate either a 3, 4 or 5 speed block. Today was the cycle's first venture out of my cramped workshop - Ill do the rest of the work in the house. Im still waiting for new decals. The saddle still needs work to remove some marks but is adjusted to my height requirement now. Ive added a little Brooks tool roll just for those little spanners and screw drivers you always need.

Fresh out of the workshop...
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Some fork crown details, i took the liberty of trying an old Ever Ready lamp for that period feel.
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Work in progress...
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A blue Carlton C bolt on the seat tube...
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Williams chainwheel...
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I took the chance to retouch the Benelux name on the rod front changer...
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It going to be fun and a learning experience adjusted the Benelux Mk7 rear mech...
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Spokesmann

Spokesmann

Keeping the Carlton and Sun names alive...
Location
Plymouth, Devon
I took this bike out for a few short tests in my local park today. A few niggling troubles mostly with the rear mech and axle/cones, but overall it rides very well. it will take a bit of getting used to the front mech being rod operated and the fact that the Benelux gear when on the smallest rear sprocket corresponds to the lever being all the way back and vice versa. The total opposite to a 'normal' rear parallelogram mech.

Anyway hers a few picture of my venture in the park today, for them thats interested....

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