from the ebay listing for this frame:
For sale is a rare classic curved-tube Jack Taylor tandem from the 1950s with almost all of its original equipment. The tandem has the following specifications:
S/N 3422; Weight 48 lbs.; Wheelbase 64 in.; Reynolds Tourist double-butted tandem tubing w/curved rear down tube and oval bottom tube; Seat tube heights front 23/24.5 rear 21 in. (1.5 in. added for stoker's handlebar attachment); Standover heights front 32 in. rear 30 in.; Wheels 27x1-1/4 in.; Front & rear Mafac tandem cantilever brakes; Maxi rear drum brake; Campagnolo Record chain rings 54/48/36; 5-speed freewheel 14-28; Simplex front derailleur; Suntour V-GT deluxe rear derailleur (not original equipment); Jack Taylor front & rear luggage carriers; Jack Taylor front & rear fenders; Brooks B-17 front saddle; Campagnolo seatpost quick release clamps (not original equipment); Stronglight aluminum 6-3/4 in. cranks; aluminum pedals w/toe clips & straps; Jack Taylor front stem and rear handlebar attachment; drop front and flat rear handlebars; generator lighting system
We purchased this tandem in 1960 from Spence Wolf (owner of the Cupertino Bicycle Store in California) who had ordered it from the Jack Taylor works. Since the original Campagnolo Record rear derailleur was incapable of handling the big gear jump Spence modified it by adding a much longer drop pulley arm. When the superior Suntour derailleur became available we installed it to replace the modified Campy one.
This tandem has never been crashed and has given us many miles of pleasant cycling and fond memories of our touring days. It is an extremely comfortable and easy-to-handle tandem. It still has the original metallic blue paint and pin striping, although 40 years of storage in basements and garages have had their effects on its looks and condition. The original wheels are straight; and there are no dents in the aluminum rims. The bicycle is functional and can be ridden; however, it needs new tires and should be cleaned, lubricated, and adjusted before it is used extensively.
This is a rare tandem from one of the world's premier tandem manufacturers and is worthy of being restored to its original glory. Even in its present condition it offers its owner many more miles of enjoyable and comfortable touring.
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