In the case of the Fuso, you would most deffinitely be increasing the va lue of the bike if repainted, but not beyond what you have in it plus wh at it costs to paint it. It's not a highly sought after collectable. Go for whatever paint you want if you plan to keep the bike, but stay corre ct for the period and the style of Dave Moulton paint jobs. Pretty simpl e.
I won't be accepting repaintwork until at least April 2006; but Joe Bell or any number of other good painters will take in on if you're looking to have it done sooner as opposed to later.
La Mesa, CA
I've been lurking on the list for a while, and I think it's time to de-l urk.
Here is my dilemma: I have a Dave Moulton Fuso with Croce components. It 's a great bike, but the paint is bubbling up in spots (from rust, I'm certai n), as well as showing rust in some spots. The bike came from a coastal regi on, so I expect that salt in the air accelerated the problem.
In any case, I am considering having the bike professionally painted. Am I going to diminish the value of the bike by doing so? Conversely, since Moulton offered essentially the same frame with nicer paint (for a lot m ore money) will painting the bike increase the value? Secondly, if I do pain t it, would it be advisable to duplicate the original paint scheme or come up with something better?
I know this involves a number of intangibles, but I'd be very interested in the perspectives of those on the list.
Thanks in advance,