Hercules. My First Folder

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  1. Hugh Manatee

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    Just a sneak preview. I will take some better photos tomorrow, weather permitting! The date on the hub says 1981. Not in bad condition; odd bits of rust here and there including the rims.

    Fairly certain the rear tyre is original. It was some impressive splits. Here it is as collected in a folded state:

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    You can see I have tried cleaning the rim in one section to see how deep the rust is.
     
  2. midlife

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    Very smart :smile:. Does it say Hunter on the seat tube?
     
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    Hugh Manatee

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    It says Compact.

    I have had a quick test ride. There is play in the cranks on every revolution. I will get the cotter pins out and dismantle the bottom bracket to check out the bearings.
     
  4. simongt

    simongt Über Member

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    At least with this bike, most of the maintenance is pretty straighforward. If you have a good LBS, they can strip and service the Sturmey hub for you. :thumbsup:
     
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  5. Cycleops

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    That should be fun. I guess this might be amongst the last of the Hercules Raleigh line using the name.
     
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  6. midlife

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    Thanks, I'm sure the non folder was a Hercules Hunter :smile:
     
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    Hugh Manatee

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    I'll do it myself. There is a very good video on YouTube. I'll find a link later but I do remember the chap is in a cold garage and is wearing fingerless gloves. I followed that last time I did a 1968 hub and even managed to replace a broken pawl spring. Land Rover diff oil is what I use to reassemble the hub.

    It's the usual fight with the cotters that I'm not looking forward to. I had to sensors to a vice last time.
     
  8. biggs682

    biggs682 Smile a mile bike provider

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    Very nice and original , a mate of mine buys these and fits them out with drop bars and flogs them to the trendy people in London for commuting
     
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    Hugh Manatee

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    OK chaps, I'll start this here rather than begin a new thread in Mechanics!

    I think the wrong size cotter has been put in. It has been pulled in flush and the crank still has a loose spot.

    Plan A was to wallop it with a hammer. Fail.
    Plan B was to wallop it with a big hammer. Fail.
    Plan C is the vice and socket trick:

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    This too is a Fail.

    I will try a longer lever but, I don't want to risk breaking the vice.

    Plan D is heat. How much heat can I use without destroying the chrome?
     
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  10. biggs682

    biggs682 Smile a mile bike provider

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    that looks serious to me
     
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    Hugh Manatee

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    Guess which one was harder to get out:

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  12. Tail End Charlie

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    This looks great. I'm in the middle of moving house but once done, my first project will be to get a Twenty/ folder and upgrade with some modern parts, so I'll be watching this thread with interest.
     
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  13. midlife

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    Are you J R Hartley :smile:
     
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  14. classic33

    classic33 Legendary Member

    Will it be one pair or two, when you replace them?

    As for treating a book like that....
     
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    Hugh Manatee

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    I got a pair of cotters (anyone else think of Rab C Nesbitt?) from the local Raleigh dealer today. He said he went to the factory once and that the workers fire the cotters into place with a sort of gun! Compressed air if anything I would think. That one took so much force and it laughed at me. It didn't laugh at the cobalt drill bits I used on it though!

    Panic not, that is just a catalogue. I recently purchased a few (more!!) books including the Irish Mayflies one. I am into tying Irish style flies at the moment. I really need to tie some more daddy long legs though.
     
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