Bultaco Alpina rear wheel   The advantage of working with something you're not trying to rescue is that your tools don't need to be as fancy and your technique so precise.
Bultaco Alpina rear wheel   Made a God awful noise, but worked just fine and saved time and aggravation.
Bultaco Alpina Rear wheel   That saved a lot of time and grief. Additionally, some of those spokes weren't going to come out the nice way. Even after cutting them, some took a hammer tap (or three) to break loose from the rim.
Bultaco rear wheel   Many parts on the Alpina are different then the Japanese and German bikes I've worked. I thought some pictures for re-assembly would be handy later.
Bultaco Akront rim  

The advantage of aluminum rims is they can be polished, where as chrome has its limitations if it is too far gone. The shouldered Akront rim came up nicely.

This was after a pass with a ScotchBrite pad followed by a brief pass with a drill powered buffer and some "Flitz" polish.


The pad material fell off of the brake shoes so I'll need to add those to the list. I used 400 sand paper followed by 1000 and 1200 on the brake arm.

Not too much has been done to the drum yet.

Bultaco Alpina rear brake hub   The rear hub will take some work. I'm not going to repaint the finned area with black paint. My goal will be buffing first. If that doesn't looked good enough, some aluminum colored paint will be applied..
Bultaco Alpina front end   The front end was pretty nice already. Mainly I'm piecing it together to see what I have, how it goes to together and what I'm missing.
Bultaco Alpina diagram   Haynes makes a manual for this, but I could only find one through Sammy Miller Products (which I did order). A little searching on-line found me a parts manual (in Spanish) but the pictures are proving worthwhile already for a Bultaco virgin like me.

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