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COMPLETE: 1978 Webco Replica

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Recently, at the Crown Point, Indiana show, there was a “70’s Webco” complete for sale. I stopped by the sellers table many times over the course of the day, trying to find out why no one had purchased it for the very reasonable asking price. Toward the end of the show, I was examining the bike again and I noticed the chainstay had a nasty repair done to it at some point in its lifetime. We came to a deal on the price and I purchased it. I was really happy, because it had some really cool parts on it.

 

I took the entire bike apart and went over it with nevr-dull and 0000 steel wool. I think it came out great! Some of the heavily rusted areas are pitted, so it does still show some character, but 95% of the rust is gone. The seat post was stuck. I had my LBS remove it and it turned out to be solid steel weighing in at just under 2 pounds. I used some rough steel wool hooked to a power drill to clean out the seat post tube. I was finally able to install a normal 7/8 post and ditch the cheap vinyl seat. Instead, I was able to use the Cinelli Unicanitor saddle I have (I love this seat). I added some old vinyl pads and it’s done! Since all the dated components were 1978, I’m calling this a 1978 bike.

Mucho Moto 4 Minimal Moolah!

Parts breakdown:

  • FRAME: Webco Replica 
  • FORK: Ashtabula 
  • HEADSET: Schwinn 
  • STEM: Ashtabula 
  • BARS: V-Bar 
  • GRIPS: Dorcy
  • SEAT CLAMP: Steel
  • SEAT POST: old, chrome 
  • SADDLE: Cinelli Unicanitor
  • PEDALS: rat trap
  • CRANKS: Ashtabula 
  • SPROCKET: Webco 44
  • RIMS: UKAI steel 2.125
  • HUBS: ACS (f)/ Bendix high-flange black coaster (r)
  • TIRES: Cheng Shin (f) / Carlisle Aggressor 300 (r)
  • PADS: Vinyl snap

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Making us all feel bad for walking past it now ! I did actually stop and look and as I told you there, thought the asking price was even fair. GREAT job Tom !

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Thanks Craig. I couldn’t pass it up after we agreed to a price that was way less than he had it marked for. I figured I couldn’t lose with the stem, cranks, forks and wheels.

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Very nice, your hard work really paid off. If you ever decide to change it a little, some black box bars and schwinn quilted seat would be cool. : )

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Man that was me standing next to you when you got and dam !! Looks fantastic! And I still don’t know how I missed it THE TABLE NEXT TO ME !! Lol

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1 hour ago, Yardsale2 said:

Man that was me standing next to you when you got and dam !! Looks fantastic! And I still don’t know how I missed it THE TABLE NEXT TO ME !! Lol

HAHAHA that’s funny. If it was a rattlesnake it would have bit you.

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6 hours ago, dav451 said:

Very nice, your hard work really paid off. If you ever decide to change it a little, some black box bars and schwinn quilted seat would be cool. : )

Yes, agreed. The bars would be the first thing I would replace. Seat as well...I’m with you. I used the Cinelli for now because it works with the Ashtabula finishes on the bike and it’s from the correct era.

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3 hours ago, keep_it_warm said:

Yes, agreed. The bars would be the first thing I would replace. Seat as well...I’m with you. I used the Cinelli for now because it works with the Ashtabula finishes on the bike and it’s from the correct era.

Tom I have a set of black box bars if wanted/needed and a black quilted seat lmk.

and again looks killer

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Sure...I'll get with you. Thank you Ely 

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You're on a roll, Tom. Another stellar build.

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dang, that came out great!  Cool project.

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Cool chrome webco...don’t see as many of these.   Dialed too!!! 
 

 

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it doesn’t even look like its been repaired.  let’s see the “nasty”.  

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Also, could this be after-market chrome? I ask because there is no (legible) serial number under the BB. If the chrome is after-market...it's OLD, because of the amount of rust that was on this thing.

 

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It looks like the repair weld is chromed.  If so, it’d be done after being sold.  I agree it’s for sure an old chrome job though.  Besides being all rusty, etc...definitely doesn’t look like the new process at all.  

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Yes. It's just a really neat looking bike. It was (in my opinion) dirt cheap, so I snapped it up....knowing I was not planning to dump any money into it. Super-cool to look at and have in the basement with the other bikes.

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