John Doe No. 438

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  1. fsjaak

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    Now that all jewelry, personal effects and accessories have been removed, the recovery process begins. We are starting with a bone dry skeleton with only remnants of epidermal layers still remaining.
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    Most of epidermus almost non-existant. There is evidence that, although the ravages of time as well as the aftermath of whatever events led to the demise of our subject have almost oblitered most of the outer layers, there are a few areas that appear to have been protected by splotches of dried lubricant and grease.
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    WASH - RINSE - REPEAT
    The Road To Recovery
    A liberal amount of salve is applied thoroughly with a shop rag. Let stand 24 - 48 hours.
    REPEAT
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    All that we can do now is wait.
     
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    Funny how beauty standards work...
    Wile some of us would try our best trying to create or simulate that exceptional rust patina,
    others want clean shiny metal. :D

    Now leaving that reflection behind,
    subject is looking great, awesome work is being done on the lab.
     
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    looks like a hiawatha or something :?: :?: have fun with this one 8)
     
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    The fork has been scraped with single edge razor blade, lightly sanded, and rubbed out with #00 fine steel wool. Wipe down thorougly with clean shop rag.
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    Once treated, close inspection confirms theory that entire fork was undoubtedly originaly plated with Nickel.
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    A final step will be a rub with denatured alc. to remove remains of a coating of aluminum enamel probably applied later in life to conceal the effects of time and hard use.
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    :D :D :D :D :mrgreen:
     
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    I feel like I'm watching an episode of CSI and the autopsy was successful. Continue Doctor.
     
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    :shock: :shock: :shock: Dead and mutilated, ouch!
     
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    Now I think I must be watching an episode of BONES! 8)
     
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    I interrogated the next door neighbor who has lived here far longer. He recounted stories of shooting scores of rabbits in my back yard with a prior resident. I thought some of those holes in the main tubes looked like bullet holes... o o o 0 0 0 O O O

    Agent Rick.
    bicycle forensicologist.
     
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    This is a very cool build! Thanks for the suspense and intrigue. :D
     
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    During what was a very encouraging examination of the progress of his surface healing after only four treatment applications, another anatomical characteristic was noted as being significant information for our inquiry into the identity of the subject.
    1. The Bottom Bracket Shell is offset from the centerline of the frame. The right side measures 44mm from center, while the left side is only 41mm. The overall width of the shell being 85mm, this is certainly too great a difference to be considered an oversight by his creator.

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    2. Also found during said examination were the faintly visable numbers 2-6-2 stamped into the right side of the seat pin lug.

    More questions and still no answers.

    While treatments are taking place, some of the few posessions the victim still had were being cleaned, restored, and readied to be reunited with their owner when he is well enough to accomodate them.

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    This humble writer cannot help but wonder at the tenacity with which our chief inspector has attacked this most mystifying problem. What unusual character makeup would drive one so?

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    Is he just curious? There must be more to it than that.
     
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    im pretty sure the cats behind all this. :eek:
     
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    This is my favorite build threat!
    A cool bike and a great write up on everything....can't wait for the next episode.
     
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    the offset was probably something standard during that time to provide the clearence space for the chainring

    i think is one of these

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    looks awesome!!
     
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    the chainring doesn't look the same but nice picture anyway
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    Bring him in to try to identify the body.........Then do some "interrogation" on him.....I think he could be a prime suspect.
     
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    Cold case?
     
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    Well, Here it is August 1 already and although we didn't make the deadline, we are most encouraged by the John's progress. The fork has completely recovered and the main frame is at ninety percent and improving daily. The team has begun preparations to re-install the few components which were still in his possession when he arrived.
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    Thanks to all the other builders who were amazing.

    This build will continue and can be followed on the link below
    http://fivespeedjaak.blogspot.com/
     

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