Never owned any Resilion brakes and I think that I've read somewhere they were notoriously difficult to set up :)
I have succeeded in making Resilion brakes work quite well, but it was a bit of a struggle.
Here are some of the problems:
Each brake has to the right size for the frame member it goes onto so, for example, a front brake intended for round section forks will not fit D section blades. The differences include the detachable bar which holds the cable nipple and the brake shoes - so if you have a pile of assorted Resilion bits you need a fair amount of luck to find a set that matches.
The cables don't last for ever, but they have to be in good condition (no fraying!). I recently had one made - it was quite expensive and only just fitted. The cables are not easy to lubricate - the makers suggested soaking the whole cable in a bath of oil from time to time.
Brake blocks. Again there are at least two sizes, necessary because of the limited adjustment. Modern blocks can be made to fit the shoes, but the original blocks were angled upwards from the shoe which means that it's difficult to get modern replacements at the correct angle to the rim's braking area. A few original blocks can still be found, but since they must be at least sixty years old, they seem to me to be too hard to work ar their best.
In a nutshell: if the factory still existed to provide service these brakes would be fine - unfortunately now you're on your own!
The bolt in the fork crown is for the mudguard.
If you're having any work done on this frame don't forget to repair the damaged mudguard stay mounting on the r/h seatstay. As you know, I would remove the lamp bracket boss.
I would expect this frame to ride well and be the basis for excellent machine - good luck with it.
@clubman Thanks very much for pointers on Resilion brakes, Very useful.
@clubman I wonder if you can give me some more guidance on Resilion brakes as I'm still a bit confused around what to look for.
Looking at a Resilion catalogue, (courtesy of VCC library)
There are two types of quadrant brackets, one for the front and one for rear brakes which were made in a number of sizes.
There are then the clamping shields to fit the quadrant brackets and these shields appear to be one shape but come in different sizes to fit the quadrants.
You have pointed out above -
Each brake has to the right size for the frame member it goes onto so, for example, a front brake intended for round section forks will not fit D section blades. The differences include the detachable bar which holds the cable nipple and the brake shoes - so if you have a pile of assorted Resilion bits you need a fair amount of luck to find a set that matches
Is it that you need to measure the rear stay or fork blade and then match this to the correct sized quadrant and correct sized shield? As it appears that this is the only difference between the quadrants /shields in the catalogue and they do not appear to be available in different shapes for specific tubing such as round /oval or D shaped blades.
I hope this query makes sense.
Any help will be much appreciated.
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