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Is this a Mercian?

Posted: 7 Feb 2018, 12:07pm
by ian peacock
I have aquired a really nicely built vintage touring frame. It has been resprayed by Ellis-Briggs and fitted with E-B transfers, but its not one of theirs.
The frame number is 12886, which is stamped on the BB; on the circumference oof the drive side. that suugests that it was 128th frame built in 1986 (or possibly 1968).
It has Cinelli-type long point lugs that have been nicely thinned. the braze breather holes have been carefully filled. The front drop-outs are campag. the rear are Shimano. Having taken it back to bare metal, I see that it has "Reynolds 531 butted" lightly stamped on both the top-tube and down tube.
The seat tube takes a 27.0 seat pin.
It looks like a 1986 frame, but on the other hand, the rear ends are spaced at 120, annd it has mafac cantilever brake studs (thhe ones with the single spring hole) Which point to an earlier frame.
It has been beautifully built, and, if it really is the 128th frame made in that year, points to a high output builder; a combination thaat makes me think of Mercian (maybe a KOM)
If its not a Mercian, can anyone suggest what it might be? Ian

Re: Is this a Mercian?

Posted: 7 Feb 2018, 12:15pm
by Cyril Haearn
Photos please

Re: Is this a Mercian?

Posted: 7 Feb 2018, 12:49pm
by hamster
If you contact Mercian they will respond about frame numbers.

Re: Is this a Mercian?

Posted: 7 Feb 2018, 12:53pm
by eileithyia
photos and refer to Mercian...? I have a friend who worked at Mercian and correctly id'd a frame as being a Mercian recently.

Re: Is this a Mercian?

Posted: 7 Feb 2018, 1:32pm
by Mick F
ian peacock wrote:The frame number is 12886
If it's a Mercian, it is frame number 128 of 1986.
There should also be another number on the BB shell signifying the particular person that made it. Mine is 83386 with a number 3 nearby. I never did find out who No3 was.

Re: Is this a Mercian?

Posted: 7 Feb 2018, 5:03pm
by fastpedaller
Maybe number 86 of 1928 :lol: With 120 dropout (unless it's a single speed) I'd be surprised it was built in 1988

Re: Is this a Mercian?

Posted: 7 Feb 2018, 10:20pm
by philvantwo
Mick F.......Patrick McGoohan was number 6!!

Re: Is this a Mercian?

Posted: 8 Feb 2018, 10:07am
by Mick F
:lol: :lol:

Don't make me laugh too much, I keep coughing. :cry:

Re: Is this a Mercian?

Posted: 8 Feb 2018, 10:28am
by Brucey
philvantwo wrote:Mick F.......Patrick McGoohan was number 6!!


it would have been a whole different show if he'd had it stamped on his, er, bottom bracket, though.... :wink:

cheers

Re: Is this a Mercian?

Posted: 8 Feb 2018, 12:52pm
by ian peacock
Oh, that's very helpful that is. I know, I'll build it up with a big wheel at the front and a little one at the back and call it "The Prisoner"

Re: Is this a Mercian?

Posted: 8 Feb 2018, 3:59pm
by Brucey
are there photographs of this mysterious frame that have been imprisoned somewhere...?

cheers

Re: Is this a Mercian?

Posted: 9 Feb 2018, 10:20am
by ian peacock
Morning Brucey,, I'll sort out a Photo.

Re: Is this a Mercian?

Posted: 9 Feb 2018, 10:35am
by gaz
Our most recent "Is this a Mercian?" thread. May have a few pointers.

Re: Is this a Mercian?

Posted: 10 Feb 2018, 3:20pm
by ian peacock
Attached photos of putative Mercian, Seat cluster, frame, and front end. I have brazed on the cable stops, centre-pull cable hanger, and gear lever bosses that are visible in the photo. I have removed (unbrazed?) the cantilever pivots. I am going to fit Weinman long stirrup centre pull brakes.

Re: Is this a Mercian?

Posted: 10 Feb 2018, 3:46pm
by Mick F
The seat tube lugs don't look like Mercian.