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Vintage Ammaco Race Bike Restoration

October 20, 2019


Hello and welcome to another Bike and another Restoration this is a 23.5″ Monte Carlo Ammaco Bike I was not to sure with the company itself Ammaco I did a bit of digging and found out that they imported BMX’s Some of you may rememberer the actually Mongoose but they used to import a lot of BMX’s and they made a lot of money from that. This bike itself lower end of the market but it is extremely lightweight so yes I am very interested in this bike the gearing system Custom Crank Shimano Rear Derailleur and it has actually Suntour Gear Levers loving the detailing on the frame itself, it has the Ammaco name stamped into the Frame and it has a bit of Red paint work into the lungs themselves so a bit of nice detailing so for lower end of the market it is a really good bike But Ammaco I also found out that it stood for A Malcom Malcom and Chris Organisation so yes thats a bit of history on the bike itself which is always good to find out so lets get this bike stripped down, and take it from there OK well their is the bike all stripped down it has been a loverly bike to strip it has not taken much effort at all it has all came apart really easy with no stubborn parts the frame is really really lightweight for such a low end market bike it really is a lightweight bike I can not get over how light it is The Parts erm OK well, the front and the rear calliper are different the brake callipers and as I say it had Sun Tour gear levers and Shimano Rear Mech Also I have suspicions it is not the original Forks as well their is signs that they have been added at a later date for some reason But it is still a lightweight bike and still and good bike to do so with out further a do lets clean this bike up and start cleaning Well, the frame has come up really well looks really nice clean and tidy touched up the decals rubbed the frame down with T-cut and touched up any spot rust so yes it has come out really well what I have decided to do with this bike though going to make a single speed fixed gear with it just simply because their was so many mixed parts wasn’t original forks the brake callipers was completely different. and I did have a couple of wheels available to me so to keep the cost down I have decided to make it into a single speed what we have had to do is I have got some nice nice brake callipers some duel pivot brake callipers so I have had to drill out the folks themselves and also the frame and what I have used is a 8mm drill bit which fits the locking nut at the back its a 8mm and it fits in nicely what we have also done we have kept the original bars and stem but we have put aero brake levers on there so should look really nice, neat and tidy and we have got a black crank black seat post and a brand new saddle so it should look really good so with out further a do lets get this bike back together and back on the road Well very simple to put back together, no gears on this one loving the actual duel pivot brakes and also the aero levers as well brought it into the modern day so all that is left to do now is get it out and give it a ride Well what a lovely smooth ride this bike is with so many new parts, what I have had to do is put some new brake callipers on some longer reach ones, they old ones was not touching the rim properly so had to put long reach ones on and they work just perfect now but very happy that I have transformed this bike into a single speed fixed gear as I say a lot of the parts was not original even the forks was not original so yes I have gone down this route and I am happy that I have done it is a great bike around town and yes loverly I do enjoy delving into some of the companies and a bit of history about them and it is very interesting in that respect Thanks for watching if you do enjoy watching the videos as I always say Please SUBSCRIBE and drop us a LIKE Bye for Now!

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  1. Another great video Andy, thanks for sharing……. They've really inspired me to start thinking about doing my own project… Cheers πŸ™‚

  2. Superb as usual Andy. Perfect candidate for what you did to it, looks great with the white and black theme. Enjoyed watching this one πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

  3. how do you find the matching colors for your projects? i have an old blue peugeot frame and want to find the exact same color.

  4. Hey Andy! I really love your videos, is there any chance you could add parts lists to get a better idea of what you use on your restorations? All the best!

  5. had a nice look this one and I think the fixed suited it, I live close to Cheshire/chester if there's a ride going down

  6. Great job Andy and you make it all seem so easy , damn! Keep up the inspirational great job you do, thanks for sharing

  7. This bike actually suits the modern black components so nicely, looks great. Regards wheel spacing, all the modern wheels you use for the fixed builds seem to just work! Are they all 130/100mm spaced?

  8. Nice retro look! Love the black groupset against the white frame. Someone is gonna be a lucky to get it! Great job again Andy!

  9. I'm looking to buy a vintage bike and I saw a really good deal online but the frame looks pretty rusted…will the rust damage the metal badly? like will it break catastrophically? can rust be removed until as if it hasn't been there?

  10. Not digging the group you put on the bike. Black does usually look good in contrast to white but the group looks like it's bottom of the line and since it's a vintage bike I like the look of silver better. I would have also stuck with a gear drive train and not went fixed. Hey but as long as you are happy with it that's all that counts.

  11. I enjoy your videos…..keep up the good work and thanks for sharing.

    I noticed in your videos you sometimes wear finger less gloves, and in this one what seems like lightweight gloves.
    Would you have any recommendations on what make?

  12. could you tell me how effective using steel wool is to remove rust?maybe like dots of brown rust,you know on vintage bikes there are always like tiny dots… maybe could you make a test video on it?

  13. Hey Andy really appreciate your vids. Could you possibly ( also ) get into more detail on how you restore certain parts ( like steering for example, now its always fast forwarded ). Or vids on specific techniques ( like taping the steering ) ? Tips and tricks on buying off the market etc … would be nice. Keep it up !

  14. Hello first thing is first "Love your builds they always look amazing!" Also I'm trying to get my first bike to restore but I would like to get a road bike with gears. Since I already have a fixie. What do you look for in a good bike to bring back to life? Any pointers are greatly appreciated. Thanks!

  15. Anybody have any info for me!!!??? I found a bike called "Viscount Fargo" red bike with features similar to a late 70's early 80's bike… Is it worth any money? Is it fun to ride? Please help, thanks

  16. Hey man, i haaaave a question. … Rust, rust on chrome specifically… I do the old lemon and tin foil trick, works wonders on most things… But im constantly left with those little black patches, nobbly bits, Im i right in in thinking that these are where the chrome has come away from the steel underneath… and basically there is nothing more i can do?…

    your work is amazing by the way. Im only on my first bike; but i've got 5 of ebay… so lots of stuff to do… and tools to buy.

    thanks man1

  17. ..i didn't realize how many bike companies there were at one time or another until watching your videos!..thanks

  18. dude u cleaned this bike up in a spectacular way. and the single speed looks great on it.
    great work and love watching how u repair all your bikes.

  19. Got my old touring bike back from my little brother and will do some restauration on it. My Granny used it to ride to her apprenticeship, itΒ΄s from 1958. Frame and Fork got a few welding repairs but is still going strong. Chainstay is 46cm but to a stiffening tube i have only ~37cm. Wich wheels and tires can i use? I have now 37-590 tires on it, but itΒ΄s such an odd size.

  20. How much did it weigh in the end? I've got the same bike 56cm frame and thinking about converting it to a single speed.

  21. this is my dream, make fixes from vintage road bikes but here he have A little bit fixers. fix bike it is somting special you feel your leg power.

  22. Quite nice looking. For what reason do you leave the shifters attached rather than removing the mounts? Time? Money?

  23. I guess by "fixed gear" you mean "single speed" based on the coasting in the video. Still, a great looking ride, would make a keen pub bike.

  24. Great vids! I'm quite fond of turning vintage steelies into single speeds if parts in bad shape/missing. 3 spd nexus hubs make them tasty city bikes. What model brakes did u use here? Do you build the wheelset? It seems hard to find a flip flop wheelset with a quick release front wheel. Thanks

  25. I had a more modern Ammaco (quite a few of them in Oxford). Very low end bike, and not really good for any recreational riding, but served me well commuting around town. Shifters on the tops, weirdly.

  26. I normally like your restorations. Not a fan of this one. It was a low end bike already, that got turned into another low end bike that was less useable. I would have liked it if it was not useable and changed to fixie but this seemed like a waste of time, a waste of an otherwise good riding bike, and a waste of parts for probably little to no profit . i did think the original double brake levers were hideous

  27. Thank you for the great job. If you dont hesitate, could you please share the information about the wheelset and cranks?

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