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I've just picked up what I think is a 1971 Raleigh Super Course (531 main tube frame, Nervar lugs, cottered crank) that is in reasonable shape, but has light green touch-ups on a bronze-green frame. That's a bit garish to qualify as "beausage".

I want to go over those with something that is a closer match. Has anyone here found a suitable paint for this?

Plans for this bike include a 700c Sturmey Archer AW drivetrain, compound curve bamboo fenders, Tektro R559 brakes, upright handlebar setup... well, basically I am going to take all the bits off of this:

... and turn it into a sort of British Tropical Colonies Tourer.

Also, does anyone know when Raleigh went from their own 26 tpi threads to 24 tpi ISO standard on the bottom brackets?

Rouler pour la joie, jamais pour la douleur.

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I can fix the paint for you, simply send the bike to me and you will never have to worry about the paint again!😇

I think that you can measure the bottom bracket, if it measures 71mm, it is most likely Raleigh funky threads on the cups.
Also for more than just me guessing, I would consult St Sheldon. His vintage Raleigh page is the place for accurate data, also his old bottom bracket database may have the data. I saved a lower quality Raleigh one time that had British cups that were pitted and galled by taking standard cups and carefully forcing the threads, it worked fine if I used an iitialian spindle. A standard spindle for a 68 bracket is too narrow and a 72 is too wide.

I would love to find a nice old Raleigh 10 speed, I have had several but mostly of the “bike Boom” quality.

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