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Old 11-10-2015, 07:20 AM
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1975 Zullo Special Superleggera

I recently purchased this beautiful classic Zullo frame and it's currently
on it's way to sunny Florida from Europe.

I sent a few pics to Mr. Zullo and he confirmed the age and that it's from the first group of frames that he produced.

It's in great shape for it's age but will need a good clean up and some new paint. I'm still trying to research what the original Zullo colors were back in '75.
The chrome is intact but with a nice patina.
I am really digging the engraved head tube and bottom bracket.
Columbus SL tubing and Campagnolo dropouts, the good stuff.
It's a beauty.

The plan is to build it up as close to original as possible and take it to Italy for L'Eroica in a few years.

This is my first classic restoration project and should be a lot of fun.

Some pics from the gentleman I purchased from:
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Old 11-10-2015, 07:33 AM
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Enjoy the project
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Old 11-13-2015, 09:49 AM
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So, the frame set arrived today.
Looking good. No real surprises.

I'm gathering intel on a decal set for the mid 70's models.
I found a set on eBay but not digging the color. I'm going to try to scan them and have masks made for painted on logos, could bet nice.

Anyhow, here are some pics from this morning.









Looking good!!
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Old 11-19-2015, 07:06 AM
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Logo Art

Finding the appropriate decals for this bike has proven to be a challenge.
Luckily, I found a photo album of a restoration done by Maso Zullo.
He painted a similar bike to match the original 70s decor.
The current vintage Zullo set available on ebay is for later era bikes, 80's I think.
So, by scanning them into Illustrator I was able to clean them up and get the proper look.

The "Superleggera" decal is an interpretation of what's left on the frame.
there is about 50 percent of it missing. It will sit at an angle just below the Columbus decal.

A tiny bit of the chevrons are still there, so I could see the colors and reproduce them without a problem.

I am still working on the "Special" decals. There is only a small part of the "ia" left. So finding the font will be tough.


I am looking into custom water slide decals, or making paint masks from this template.

Fun stuff.
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Old 11-19-2015, 08:49 AM
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This is cool. Keep posting the progress
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Old 11-20-2015, 09:35 AM
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I finally have something to go by.
Here is a picture of one of the original Zullo Specials.
They claim it's a '78 and one of the the very frames.
So, I think my estimate of a '75 is a bit off.
I went back to my email from Tiziano and he claims it's from "about 40 years ago". I'll just chalk it up to my poor Italian. ; )

Regardless, this is what we are going for as far as decals and placement go.
This is the before picture of Maso Zullo's restoration.

I am going to try Velociao for the custom water slide decals. Waiting on a quote.
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Old 11-20-2015, 12:14 PM
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Wow. Great.
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Old 12-07-2015, 04:42 PM
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The parts are starting to roll in.
I found some very nice SR brake levers with NOS gum hoods.
Derailleurs and DT shifters arrived and are SR as well.

I am waiting on a SR headset and a nice vintage 3ttt water bottle to go with the REG bottle cage.

Mr. Zullo approved my decal recreation so I decided to move forward.
I had custom decals done with Velociao. They are in transit as well.
Stephen is a nice guy and great to work with.
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Old 12-07-2015, 06:58 PM
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Enjoy your build. They are nice bikes.
I really regret selling my '85 Zullo Criterium.
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Old 12-08-2015, 09:22 AM
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Enjoy your build. They are nice bikes.
I really regret selling my '85 Zullo Criterium.
Wow, that's a nice one.
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Old 12-14-2015, 08:56 AM
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Update on the Zullo

I'm trying to keep this current as promised.
If it becomes obnoxious, lease let me know. ; )

I was on the fence about painting the frame or just cleaning and clear coating with new decals.
The non-drive side is pretty rough so I decided to go with a repaint.
The color will be a metallic Astro Blue like this:






Components are as follows:

NR 175mm 52-52 crankset
NR BB 115mm ITA
SR drilled brake levers w/ NOS Campagnolo gum hoods
SR rear derailleur
NR front derailleur
NR headset
SR fluted seat post
SR low flange hubs and QRs
Campagnolo Montreal 76 36H anodized rims
3ttt record 110mm quill stem
3ttt Competizione drop bars with Gimondi bends
San Marco Professional saddle
SR/NR center nut brake calipers (still shopping for these)
Tires-TBD. I am thinking some nice skinny Gommitalia gum walls.

Stripping, sanding and painting will begin after the holidays.
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Progress

We have begun stripping down the frame for a new paint job.
Custom decals arrived via Velociao.
Goodbye dingy grey...hello sideways pictures.
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That color will look awesome.
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Those latest photos look like the frame was playing the part of an unnamed red-shirted crewman on a landing party in the original Star Trek. All that's left is for McCoy to intone: "He's dead, Jim!"

Good luck with the project. It's a nice looking classic, and I bet it will be very fun to ride when you get done.
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