Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Pavemaster Rustoration

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you may remember that two years ago I bought this kid’s Pavemaster bicycle, probably made in the late 50’s, early 60’s.
So now Jacob has turned 3, I thought it was time to get it back on the road and ready for him to ride. I stripped it down completely and greased all the bearings etc. The idea was to get it safe to ride, relatively clean, so that Jacobs doesn’t get grubby whilst riding it, but keeping the patina of age; after all it’s taken 50 years for it to look this good.
As you can see it turned out really well; I was very impressed with its quality throughout; clearly built to last!
 Talking of built to last; at the weekend I picked up this old Stanley 4½ plane. 
Fortunately, there are so many "old tools" websites about, that it was easy to date this one; 1925, made in the USA. What a story it could tell- 91 years old, born in Connecticut, and found on a market stall in the Fens- what happened in between?
It’s going to be very satisfying giving new life to this piece of woodworking history.

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Anonymous Matt McGrane said...

Great restoration on the bike! I'm surprised to see hand brakes on there. My childhood memories ('60's) were of coaster brakes only. Also surprised you could get new inner tubes and tires. Looks fantastic.

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Blogger Gary Nava, Luthier said...

Hi Matt,
Glad that you like the bike, I’d imagine you’re the other side of the pond. We never really had coaster brakes in the UK- I think that the law was (is?) that a bicycle had to have two independent brake systems. The tyres are NOS, they’re not as balloon-like as the originals but hay-ho.
Cheers Gary

3:53 pm  

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