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1971? Phillips Master Model

Postby to the beach » Wed Apr 16, 2014 4:41 pm

Traded some tin signs for this bike today. I already had a new set of tires for it so I threw them on right away. It's loaded with Sturmey Archer components and the frame says "Made in England" right on it. I believe Phillips was owned by Raleigh and is just a small step down from one.

Anyone know where these were sold in 50s, 60s, and 70s? LBS or hardware stores or catalogs??
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Re: 1971? Phillips Master Model

Postby Falkon45 » Wed Apr 16, 2014 8:28 pm

That's a good looking bike.
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Re: 1971? Phillips Master Model

Postby to the beach » Thu Apr 17, 2014 7:20 pm

Thanks, there was some minor pitting in the chrome though most of it polished up nicely. I'm not sure about the black. I can't imagine a buyer for that color. I'm considering Royal Blue if I can't polish this paint to an acceptable luster.
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Re: 1971? Phillips Master Model

Postby Falkon45 » Thu Apr 17, 2014 11:50 pm

You can probably get the black sold quickly. Use automotive oxidizer remover, and wax. If you want to spend the time, claybar it before waxing. It'll do wondeds for the work, but you really gotta clean the bike, first.
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Re: 1971? Phillips Master Model

Postby to the beach » Fri Apr 18, 2014 12:35 pm

I have some KIT Scratch Out that has worked well in the past, removes ovidation etc. to some degree of elbow grease.

Any one know about these 3 Speed Sturmey Archer hubs? I lubed the cable, adjusted it etc. but it's really hard to get into 1st gear and if I loosen the cable any more it won't stay in 3rd. I guess you just need a hydraulic thumb for these...lol
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Re: 1971? Phillips Master Model

Postby to the beach » Fri Apr 18, 2014 3:35 pm

Looks to be in good condition now, after polishing. Has some dings typical of loading/unloading onto/into cars.
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Re: 1971? Phillips Master Model

Postby Nagant » Mon Apr 21, 2014 9:51 am

It sure did clean up nicely. Have you tried taking the Sturmey hub apart, cleaning the internals, and re-lubing it? I don't have any first hand knowledge to offer on them because all my IGH's are Shimano but there is lots of info online about how to adjust them and work on them. The design hasn't changed that much over the decades and they still manufacture them. Therefore both parts and info are readily available.
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Re: 1971? Phillips Master Model

Postby to the beach » Wed Apr 30, 2014 5:23 pm

Thanks Nagant, I watched a video of a teardown and ended up adding some oil to the hub since there was still grease on the bearings. The grease actually seals the oil inside the hub, not sure if I like that. It shifts a bit easier now.
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Re: 1971? Phillips Master Model

Postby Nagant » Thu May 01, 2014 12:41 am

Glad to hear it's shifting better now. Yeah they definitely are not sealed in any way. I do know that if the grease gets old and begins to harden up they won't shift well. Although adding oil periodically normally keeps that from happening anytime soon.
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Re: 1971? Phillips Master Model

Postby to the beach » Wed May 21, 2014 5:02 pm

added a 1960s bicycle registration tag to the rear fender:
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