My most recent acquisition is what I believe to be a 1982 Motobecane Grand Touring, made in France. The reason for the question is the front wheel is trashed, hub is salvageable. Don't know if a matching replacement is out there, so what I plan to do is replace it with a new rim, spokes, tire and tube just to be able to ride it for now. And keep an eye out for one that matches. Current wheels are Weinmann 27 x 1.25, cupped, made in Belgium.
To have an idea of current bike condition. First it has a small 1/4" sized dent on the side of the top tube, some bad scratches with surface rust around the top of the seat tube from carelessly adjusting the seat post, some other scratches, but paint is mostly in good shape. Other components work, for what I can tell, but are in bad need of a cleaning and maintenance. Things that will have to be done, cables, tires and tubes front and back, bar tape or the foam like stuff that came on it, and chain. It has Huret derailers and shifters, Stronglight crank and triple, Weinmann brakes and levers.
It is my size so I plan to keep and ride it at least for a while, if I like the ride I'll keep it, but may eventually sell or trade it.
So the question is, is it worth trying to keep all of the original components or just clean it up, fix it up and ride that baby and forget about resale value. Any infor would be greatly appreciated.