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« on: May 10, 2012 08:05:54 AM »

This is my "new" 1960's Pedigree Pram that I rescued from a Goodwill. I went in looking for baby dolls to make molds of and stumbled across this beautiful buggy. Being crazy about antique/vintage items, I could not pass this up. Plus I am looking to fix it up for future use. If anyone knows how I should start going about this I would love the advice. I'm looking to fix up the frame as it it rusted and squeaky at the joints, getting new wheels, re painting the buggy part black and white, and refinishing the interior and fabric hood. I'm so excited to begin this project, just needing a little help with the start.

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« Reply #1 on: May 10, 2012 08:13:51 AM »

What a great find! It really looks beautiful as is. How badly is it damaged? I used to use naval jelly for rust on my 70's steel-frame bicycle. You can get it at Lowe's and similar stores. If the rust has gotten far through the metal though, I am not sure where to start. Try a bike store for the wheels perhaps? But be careful about the sizes since the axles don't line up.

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« Reply #2 on: May 10, 2012 10:12:29 AM »

 Sorry, I have no advise, I just wanted to say: It is so beautiful - such a classic!

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« Reply #3 on: May 11, 2012 04:10:10 PM »

Lovely, but take in to consideration some forms of restoration lower the value of an antique or vintage item. If the hood is in good shape with minimal or no tears i would just gently clean it. The wheels are original so i would just polish them up and replace the rubber parts. If the chrome parts are pitted i would yake it to a professional about replating them. I they are not pitted some elbo grease and a good metal specific polish will make them like new. The interior doesnt look to diificult to reproduce and pretty simple and cheap to  redo, even a professional upholsterer would not charge that much. As for the body of it i would gently clean and polish it but i wouldnt repaint, original paint is always better. Im curious what did you pay for it?


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« Reply #4 on: May 12, 2012 09:44:26 PM »

thanks everyone. To PerfectlyBohemian, it isn't that damage just a little rusted on the frame, i'll try that jelly stuff and see if it works. To Diesels_Mom I bought it for $99 which was a steal, i looked online and they ranged from $300 to $1000+. The hood and the exterior of the carriage are in great shape but I was hoping to change it to black and white instead of olive green, the interior is a bit ripped up and made of some plastic-like material. Everything is original on it, but I'm not too worried about the antique value of it because I'm not planning to give it up Smiley it is definitely the best impulse buy ever. the biggest part I am worried about is the paint, because I don't want to ruin it but I would love to change it's color.

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