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Gear mentioned in this thread:post #5402 of 79186/10/13 at 1:49ampost #5403 of 79186/10/13 at 9:01ampost #5404 of 79186/13/13 at 9:57amQuote:
You built a window in a brick house for a bullwheel? What's the diameter?
Definitely should get some sort of award for that one.
On ebay now. Hart skis from 50's with raised metal Hart logo. With Marker "automatics". They want $60post #5405 of 79186/14/13 at 5:38pmThread Starterpost #5406 of 79186/14/13 at 5:58pmQuote:
the house is timber with a brick courtyard, and the
bullwheel is about 15', it's in the sealed-off courtyard walls at the back of the house. So the story goes, Cushing lost it in a card gamepost #5407 of 79186/15/13 at 3:09pmThread Starterpost #5408 of 79186/17/13 at 8:03pmpost #5409 of 79186/18/13 at 8:24ampost #5410 of 79186/18/13 at 8:26ampost #5411 of 79186/22/13 at 6:28pm
Some of you may have noticed the undrilled never used aluminum skis that are ebay. It got me thinking about trying to shine up the ones I have. I knew aluminum can be buffed but I really thought these things were too far gone. Thanks to a you-tube tutorial I got a little carried away. I don't think the skis were originally made this shiny but I couldn't help it. I have looked into having the bindings electro-plated. The ebay ad says they are from the late 1940s to early 1950s. Has anyone ever skied on these?post #5412 of 79186/23/13 at 11:29amQuote:Originally Posted by Joal
Some of you may have noticed the undrilled never used aluminum skis that are ebay. It got me thinking about trying to shine up the ones I have. I knew aluminum can be buffed but I really thought these things were too far gone. Thanks to a you-tube tutorial I got a little carried away. I don't think the skis were originally made this shiny but I couldn't help it. I have looked into having the bindings electro-plated. The ebay ad says they are from the late 1940s to early 1950s. Has anyone ever skied on these?
those are SHARP! I'd love to try those out. but I would avoid any kind of bump.
Royalpost #5413 of 79186/23/13 at 8:12pm
I might (not) take them out with the right bindings. They are stiff, the all metal base probably would not take wax very well, edging would be poor and they would be hard on the eyes. I just happen to be remounting skis today and was polishing up some N17s.post #5414 of 79186/24/13 at 2:23pm
Stiff??? I always tell people that the aluminum skis have the flex of a 2X4. On edge!!
I have 3 pair of all-aluminum skis, and I had no idea that they could be polished like you have just done. Yours shine like a new pair of plastic coated Volant Spatulas! I will have to cruise Youtube for your aluminum polishing how-to video.
No, I haven't skied any of mine. The original owners disuaded me from attempting anything other than a straightline to the flats, and I haven't even done that.
Did you use the same polishing technique for the N17s? They look great, too.
I like the Snik reference. "Honey bronced (sic), and very, very desirable!"post #5415 of 79186/24/13 at 2:40pm
Hmm.... eBay fishing expedition: $1,800. http://www.ebay.com/itm/ALU-very-rare-unmounted-aluminum-skis-incredible-find-VTG-stamped-ser-s-/300918117046?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item46101e12b6#ht_1254wt_904
I read a few years ago that the aluminum skis made by Tey Manufacturing were a one-off trial of 1,000 pair. The only people who had access to aluminum manufacturing and technology were aerospace guys, who returned to work after the war. A couple of engineers went on their own, and built the 1,000 pair in 1947 (I believe). It was a terrible season, the skis were expensive, and, as you may have guessed, they were heavy, didn't flex, didn't turn, and with aluminum bases, didn't glide, either. Few or none of the skis sold, so they were collected back again, ground up, and Tey Manufacturing brought out snow guns for ski resorts the next season, and did very well at that. That is making lemonaide from lemons!
The last time that I searched around, there were only a couple of pairs noted to still be around, and it looks like you have some, and now the eBay seller/dreamer, too! Good luck to him, and I am impressed with your shiny handiwork. I may have to try it on mine, too.
Thanks for sharing!post #5416 of 79186/24/13 at 2:40pmQuote:
Ya know, it would be interesting if someone was to plate boron nitride to those bases.post #5417 of 79186/24/13 at 6:46pm
Snowdogskier....the Alu skis on ebay started out at $4400 maybe 3 months ago. I started sanding my skis with 220 grit on a random-orbital sander. Be very thorough and critical on the first grit because all subsequent grits are polishing grits. After that I hand wetsanded through the grits to 2000. That's when I checked out you-tube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gyOodLNI4BQ He just went 400 and 800 and started polishing but the tank is in way better condition than the skis. Not to invest too much money I used a 5" cotton wheel in my half inch drill 850rpm. I used the brown bar and then white and I may still use rouge but they look pretty good right now. He refers to a rake which he does not show but it looks like he scrapes old stuff off before buttering new bar on. I just used the long edge of a chisel. On the LOOKs I used Paslode degreaser spray bomb first (and a toothbrush), dry thoroughly with air nozzle and polished with just the brown bar and then degreased again. There will be a little residue build up on the some of the raised detail. The bindings were in nice condition to start with. I have a couple of pair that are so scarred up I would not bother.
Snik and zinc oxide, we were the coolestpost #5418 of 79186/25/13 at 8:51amQuote:
Now, there is a high school chemistry project for the science fair!post #5419 of 79186/26/13 at 10:39amQuote:
Junior high or even elementary school if one goes electroless http://www.caswellplating.com/electroplating-anodizing/nickel-plating-kits/ptfe-boron-nitride-kits/boron-nitride-electroless-plating-kit-1-5-gal.htmlpost #5420 of 79186/28/13 at 2:00pmQuote:
post #5421 of 79187/1/13 at 2:51pm
Roger Staub was certainly responsible for a bit of skiing iconography. Yesterday was the anniversary of his death in 1974 from a hang-gliding accident.
Medal record Men’s alpine skiing Competitor for Switzerland Olympic Games Gold 1960 Squaw Valley Giant slalom World Championships Silver 1958 Bad Gastein Downhill Bronze 1958 Bad Gastein Giant Slalom Bronze 1958 Bad Gastein Combined
Roger Staub (1 July 1936 - 30 June 1974) was a Swiss alpine skier. In the mid-1960s he became ski-school director in Vail, Colorado. During a summer visit with his wife and young child to Verbier, Switerland, in 1974 he was killed in a hang gliding accident.
Poster picture from Cold Warrior page 58
Check this short clip with Staub, it loads a bit slow. Some crashes will make you wince.post #5422 of 79187/1/13 at 3:01pmpost #5423 of 79187/1/13 at 3:11pmpost #5424 of 79187/1/13 at 5:33pmpost #5425 of 79187/16/13 at 8:26am
Couple of my newest finds, unfortunatly I know little of these skis Fischer C4 COMPETITION and RC$ both 207 cm I'm guessing late 70's for the first and early 80s for the second pair.
educate me please.
royalpost #5426 of 79187/16/13 at 8:42am
My very first ski instructor was a college exchange student rocking a pair similar to the one the left, but with rotomats. I think he was from Austria. It was mid 70s.post #5427 of 79187/16/13 at 9:55amKlammer was on the blue model in the 1976 Olympics. I used DH skis with the orange and blue pattern in the mid '70s. They were C4s, though; no 'R'. I think the blue ones came later then they added the R to the C4.post #5428 of 79187/16/13 at 10:00ampost #5429 of 79187/16/13 at 3:07pmQuote:
that is minor damage. I can repair that good enough for at least one more ski day.
Royalpost #5430 of 79187/18/13 at 1:44amQuote:
Mid to late 70s for the C4 comps I reckon. They came in just after the previous design to which your RC4 Vacuum's design harks back to.
The RC4s are interesting. I bought a pair of the RC4 Vacuum Techniques in 84 having seen them for the first time being raced the previous season (a very fast ski but horribly unforgiving when you got things wrong). The design here in Europe when they launched was a very dull all white (for the GS ski) with red text. They became more fluro through the 80s but I never saw any with the old style (and much prettier) C4 Comp graphics.
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