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Old 07-12-20, 05:17 AM
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1984 Benotto Modelo 3000

WARNING: If restomod approaches to rare vintage Italian racing frames offend you, you may want to click your browser's back button now! This build is an account of taking such a frame, and applying such an approach. The primary goal here, being simply to build a lightweight ( ~ 20lbs), affordable machine within a reasonable amount of time, that will be a sheer joy to ride. All of this ,without apology...
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This bit of steel popped up for sale here a while back. It was a bit rough looking, but its condition was well documented. I think its condition scared most people away since it lingered on the sales page for approximately a year or so. The price was very fair, and at 54 cm it was just my size. I took delivery of it December 2019. Hereís a few pics after unpacking::




Before going any further, Iíd like to thank @francophile for offering this great frame, and for working graciously with me so that I could I have a chance to put it back on the road.

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After assessing the extent of rust, and getting no where with various noninvasive interventions, I decided it was time to get drastic by going with a full strip to bare metal:


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Upon getting the frame clean, it was time to fit some Dura Ace to the head tube:





A little more Dura Ace down low:



I started getting sketched out by clamping the frame in my pieced together hardware store "bike stand." Columbus SL is pretty fine stuff. Much wiser to clamp to the post... 3ttt installed:




Next, the fork, followed by more 3ttt to get the cockpit started:





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Another mention of gratitude for Nemosengineer who supplied the stem as well as a few other wonderful items to help with this project. Your generosity is not taken for granted Sir. Thank you.

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Tri Color hubs, Araya rims, and a Sunrace cassette:






Ofmega crankset. Competizione with painted Bianche branding rubbed out (also courtesy of Francophile):




After 8 months of collecting parts, and constantly revising plans for the Benotto, it feels really good to see progress! This is where hangs until more free time comes along:


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deux jambes I have two singles and 1 tandem in that state and have been for several years. Thinking I should do something about it.
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Great job!! Look forward to your finished product
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Originally Posted by deux jambes View Post
This frame popped up for sale here a while back. It was a bit rough looking, but its condition was well documented. I think its condition scared most people away since it lingered on the sales page for approximately a year or so. The price was very fair, and at 54 cm it was just my size. I took delivery of it December 2019. Hereís a few pics after unpacking::




Before going any further, Iíd like to thank @francophile for offering this great frame, and for working graciously with me so that I could I have a chance to put it back on the road.

After assessing the rust along with cosmetic issues, and getting nowhere with noninvasive interventions, I decided to get drastic by going with a full strip to a bare frame:

One of my favorites is the 3000. Given the Portacatena holes on the right rear dropout and the clamp on FD mount may be oner or two earlier than 1984. But not sure who knows?
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Fun project. What are your plans for paint?
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Great job!! Look forward to your finished product
Thanks, and I'm looking forward to sharing the progress.

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Fun project. What are your plans for paint?
Hopefully a fun ride too. I'm just going to maintain a coat of WD-40 on it for the time being. I've read from others here that WD holds up well and does a good job preventing rust. It'd be easy to clean it off at a later season should I decide for a repaint. I'd love to go with the original champagne and re-pro decals, but I feel that'd necessitate re-chrome, and a pristine full SR group. For now, I'm just investing in the ride.
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Originally Posted by deux jambes View Post
I've read from others here that WD holds up well and does a good job preventing rust. It'd be easy to clean it off at a later season should I decide for a repaint...... For now, I'm just investing in the ride.
Great approach! I did/am doing exactly that. My WD 40 finish
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deux jambes this post is really a little bit of what I needed to get me out of my current funk. The 'rona hit really hard in my family and my trip to Switzerland 1st week of March proved to be catastrophic, to say the least. We're all collectively trying to recover from what's happened and this crap still isn't over yet.

I knew in my gut from the get-go I was passing this frameset along to the right BF'er, your post here confirms it. The only wisdom I'll impart is this: WD40 is a water repellent, hence the "WD" (water displacement). Not only does it displace water, it also displaces paint. Be sure to properly clean every nook ad cranny of the frame before you paint, or if you have someone else do it, warn them you applied WD to it.

Looks great, and I'm stoked to see the rust wasn't as bad as I think some folks thought. Also glad I stuck to your dibs on this. Had two others highly interested within days of you reaching out, strangely enough!
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Originally Posted by francophile View Post
deux jambes this post is really a little bit of what I needed to get me out of my current funk. The 'rona hit really hard in my family and my trip to Switzerland 1st week of March proved to be catastrophic, to say the least. We're all collectively trying to recover from what's happened and this crap still isn't over yet.

I knew in my gut from the get-go I was passing this frameset along to the right BF'er, your post here confirms it. The only wisdom I'll impart is this: WD40 is a water repellent, hence the "WD" (water displacement). Not only does it displace water, it also displaces paint. Be sure to properly clean every nook ad cranny of the frame before you paint, or if you have someone else do it, warn them you applied WD to it.

Looks great, and I'm stoked to see the rust wasn't as bad as I think some folks thought. Also glad I stuck to your dibs on this. Had two others highly interested within days of you reaching out, strangely enough!
These are certainly very odd and challenging times, my friend. I'm sorry to hear of the impact that you and your family have felt recently. Here's wishing each and all of you full recovery from this mess. Working together as a collective is going to be key, for all of us, in my opinion, And agree... lets hang in there, because this is far from being over.

Roger that on the WD, Plans to clean it up with lacquer thinner or acetone prior to repaint.

Hopefully I'll be riding the bike by the weekend. I'll keep it updated here! Its good to hear from you J.
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SJX426 I've seen you post that trek before and mention WD-40. Your testimony of WD-40 working well for the bike was a big factor in my deciding to go this route as myself. Also, great looking build btw!
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Originally Posted by Old Fireleg View Post
One of my favorites is the 3000. Given the Portacatena holes on the right rear dropout and the clamp on FD mount may be oner or two earlier than 1984. But not sure who knows?
I wish I could find the source, because it took forever to find it in the first place, but from what I've gathered, the number stamping on the non-drive side indicate date and size. the first number place represents month f I remember right. Second is year, and third is frame size. So in this case, I'm led to believe that my frame was produced January 1984. 54 cm is confirmed at least. I think its very possible that the features you mentioned were maintained on the 3000 through '84 as it was such an instant classic. I could imaging a surplus of the Portacatena laying around Benotto shop shelves.

But then again, C&V isn't always black and white. This very well could be an earlier frame, just as the seller thought it was.



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Well, my weekend has arrived. And so, itís time to get busy on the Benotto.

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I need to make a couple of mentions first however, lest I forget again:

The Dura Ace headset was a rock solid purchase from cog_nate. Thank you Sir!

And when I discovered my bottom bracket was missing a dust seal, I posted in the ISO thread looking for an orphan cup. Miele Man came to the rescue with an assortment of spare seals to help me get things squared away. Thank you kindly, friend!

óó ó

OK! On to the build...

I bought a gently used Shimano/Araya wheelset locally. I swapped the Uniglide hub body out for HG to expand my cassette choice options. Otherwise, the wheels were probably good to go. But I canít help certain worries. Noticing uneven spoke tensions, Iíve decided to slack things up back to ground zero.

Starting with the front wheel, Iím loosening each spoke nipple completely, and then bringing things back up to even tension. Trueness and dish will of course be dialed in as well.

I overhauled a Campy/Mavic set for my Eisentraut in the exact same way. A laborious task, but one that I feel is worth the time and effort.


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Once the wheels are in good order, Iíll tape Ďem up with cotton. The tires have a few minor cuts thatíll get doctored with a bit of shoe goo. And finally, Iíll need to clean this Silca chuck prior to inflation (it leaks).


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Corollary to Murphy's Law: "Every task shall expand so as to completely consume the time allotted for its completion."

In other words, I had hoped to have the wheel ďrebuiltĒ by yesterday, but here they are, done today. The Silca was a recent Craigslist buy. It leaked badly at the chuck. Cleaned the fittings up, and greased the seals. It works like a champ now!




I went looking for downtube levers at the co-op one day, last spring. I dug through two 5 gallon buckets worth, and not a single pair of braze ons. Then, when checking out with another item, I spotted these SunTour specimens sitting randomly on the counter. The only pair of braze ons in the shop and they cost a whole $2!



The co-op closed when the state went shelter in place last March, and sadly, its still closed.

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What a great feeling to get some rubber on to a frame thatís been sitting in a closet for 8 months.




Itís starting to look like a bike!
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Apparently Rustine hoods were hoarded just as much as toilet paper earlier this year. So I opted for a pair from Soma. Nicely made. A bit tacky, but I guess thatís the nature of the beast. Anyhow, they fit these Modolo levers fit like a glove.




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The last bit of installation for the day:



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Spent the morning, and most of the afternoon buttoning things up, and then took it out for a spin. Of course I discovered a few adjustments thatíll be needed, but overall it performed very well.

The fit is good, very comfortable actually, and the ride feel is awesome. 24c Turbo Cottons turned out to be a perfect compliment for Columbus SL and right geometry.






I do have a few finishing touches to make on it still, aside from adjustments, but it is a bike now! No longer a collection of parts in boxes. And built just in time to enjoy it for a few months before the rainy season kicks in again 🙂
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Congrats! Did you make the 20lbs approx. goal?
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Congrats! Did you make the 20lbs approx. goal?
Thanks Law! I havenít weighed the bike yet, but Iím going to guess it finished a little heavier than my target goal. Itís certainly light. But picking it up, it doesnít strike me as sub 20.

Original specs with Campy SR group for a frame the same size was ~ 19 lbs. My build list should put it in the ballpark, but I think the hubs, bb, pedals, and straight gauge spokes may be culprits.

LBS was closed today, Iíll try to swing by soon to put it on a scale.
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Good job!
Thank you Van! This one was fun in that, I mostly just let the bike build itself. I didnít invest too much ďdesignĒ into it. And Iím really pleased with the result.

My to-do list is pretty short:

ē Adjust front brake toe-in
ē Adjust mechs
ē Repack pedals

After that, itís down to adding toe cages, a saddle bag, a bottle cage, and wrapping the bars!

In the meantime, itís still very rideable:

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