Junkyard Merckx

There’s a saying which goes “I’d rather be lucky than good”….and when it comes to desirable old bicycles it doesn’t get much luckier than this.

Imagine walking into your local junk recycling place and heading over to the bicycles just to see what has come in.

Imagine gazing through the piles of bent wheels, broken kids bikes and low end supermarket gaspipe and spotting a frame with bars, cranks and derailleurs sitting among the junk….with this on the seat stay.

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Imagine then reaching in and extracting it for a closer look and you end up holding this (Yes…that’s full Dura Ace 7200)

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Well, the keen eye in question (no it wasn’t me…..sob…sob…) had it in his car quicker than you can say “you lucky bastard”…..and for the princely sum of $120.

When it arrived at Velopaint it had been expertly stripped of its toolbox hammertone finish and was ready for a makeover….but not before I was asked to add a couple of extra bottle mounts to the seat tube.

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…and filled a couple of small dents before masking it up.

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I gave it a very light prime to ensure that the head tube columbus logo and pantographs would not disappear into the paint

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The lucky bastard (…sorry the customer) decided on a modern twist to the classic Merckx Faema red and white livery.  The white was to be a 2 layer pearl and the red head tube and seat tube panel were to be a 2 layer candy red. Decals were from Cyclomondo.

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Some more careful masking and down went the pearl white…followed by the candy red

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The pantographs were filled with the same candy red before 3 coats of ceramic clear

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Then it was out into the sun for a photo shoot before being returned to the lucky bastard owner!

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