Inspired by another thread on OCAU (the Dave Mirra BMX replica by Bodger). It inspired me to ask my father if he still had my blue 'BMX Bandits' bike as I knew it then. Sure enough he'd put it safely away under the house with all the original bits we had on it. My dad bought this bike for me in the late 80's from a friend of my older brother for $100 when even back then it was worth about $600. What we knew at the time was that it was a semi custom order from that family from a local bike shop where I imagine they picked certain options out of a catalogue of parts. I've managed to identify it as a Madison Taipan Phase III, it has Skyway Tuff Wheel II's, Tange TX500 handlebars, and a Kashimax MX seat. Here are some pics from yesterday after testing some techniques for removing the surface rust from the chromoly frame. Since those pictures I've cleaned up most of the chrome, its really easy going so far and very rewarding. The pics show that I'd done some of the obvious parts of the frame but had not cleaned up the welds/joins, its looking even better now! I'll never part with the bike, there are far too many memories from my childhood that revolve around it, I used to ride it to and from school in the 90's. The goal is to restore it to looking better than I ever remember as a kid. Frame = Madison Taipan Phase III (61868-AZ) Wheels = Skyway Tuff Wheel II (PAT No. D244272) Pedals = Lightning KKT Cranks = TAKAGI Forged - Ultra Dyno Bars = Tange TX500 Cr.Mo Seat = Kashimax MX (replica - the cushion one on it was worthless and the original was too crusty to restore) Seat Post = SR Japan Brakes = Dia Compe MX1000 Calipers and Dia Compe Tech 3 MX121 Levers, and Dia Compe cables/ferrules/caps Tyres = Kenda K50 Gumwall with Buyti tubes Grips = AME Tri Grip Work continues to clean up the chrome using "Metal Magic" cleaner, rags and a surgical scalpel. I will dye the nylon seat using a technique I found on OzBMX, and I will need to get the blue parts anodised again. New chain, tyres, brake assembly, and hand grips will be ordered soon.