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1980 something Kids bike Restoration

I guess this counts as a vehicle. If a mod wants to move it to off topic or somewhere else that's fine.

So my daughter is 4 and she learned how to ride a bike and outgrew the tiny 10" wheel bike she was using. At her grandparents was her moms old bike from when she was a little girl and it had been sitting for close to 30 years. My daughter liked the idea of fixing it up for her so here we go. I forgot to take a before pic, but this is pretty close.


I had to cut the chain off with a grinder, then figure out how to work on a one piece crank (super easy btw).


Then even in the desert rust showed it's ugly head. I think this is the worst of it, and a friend said after I clean out the seat tube from rust he can put a patch on it. I doubt it even really needs to be fixed, it won't see that much stress, but I'm leaning toward powder coat and I don't want an ugly hole there.


The seat post was really stuck. I had to heat up the seat tube to get it out and it was still really stuck in there. It got pretty mangled in the process. I thought finding a nother seatpost wouldn't be a problem, but it has an outer diameter of 22mm, while most I can find are 22.2mm or 25.4mm. I can however find 22mm carbon fiber tubing online, so maybe my daughter can rock a little carbon on her bike.

Thats as far as I got so far. Now it's all going to be cleaning, coating and ordering new parts.
97 SR5 4runner: 2" OME Lift, rear E-Locker, 231mm Tundra Brakes, 203K, B&M 70264 Tranny Cooler, Duratracs


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