Thanks to all who helped identify my Fuji. This is about a John Deere bike my son bought to build up. He's only 13, so he has grand ideas about what he can do with this bike. It's stripped down and sanded for repaint right now. He spends a lot of time picking out cranks and shifters and such from nashbar, etc. He knows they have to fit his frame and work together properly, but he has no clue how important that is or why, though he's learning. I've been putting in the research time so I can guide him.
Here's the issue: He really thinks he wants indexed shifting, and not on the downtube, like he has on his Trek MTB. He wants "brifters", which he saw on a road bike in the bike shop. From searching this forum, I believe that he will not be able to do that without significant dollars, and changing out the entire drive train, plus wheels. He doesn't know that non-indexed shifters were the standard--he thinks the ones on his JD don't work (they need cleaning and restoration, which we can do).
I'd rather buy him a brand new road bike with everything he wants, than replace the entire drive train. Since I expect him to grow to at least 6'5" (his dad is 6'7") and he's in his prime growing years, this JD bike, economically restored, should serve him a couple of more years until he outgrows it (he's 5'4" now). THEN we can buy him nice a large frame bike.
What are the best--or "coolest"--reasons to use downtube friction shifters, and to keep these original ones? If I can convince him to go with the shifters he has, then we can upgrade the cranks it needs for sure, get the cool paint job, and he can be riding it in a month or two.
I bought the Fuji after he go the JD so we could work side-by-side and he could learn that way, instead of me just taking over. I'm learning a LOT because of all of you generous people in this folder, so thanks!