This project took me fifteen years to get all the parts.
The frame was mostly chipped scratched when I got it - beyond "patina". So, I stenciled the letters and repainted the frame, then added the letters. I have the missing flag decals, but will wait to add them AFTER my son and his friends are finished using it in a couple of years.
The tyres are New Old Stock Michelan Sports Whitewalls (made in Great Britain) from the period. I think they look sharper than plain gumwalls.
The saddle is NOS from the '70's, but not original. The bar tape is new too. Oh, and I put on some alloy rims instead of the steel rims. I still have all the original components, but wanted to make the bike more ride-able and more cool-looking for my young teen son and his friends who bicycle EVERYWHERE (yes, that is very cool).
Now, it looks new - just 32 years later.
What do you think, folks? Worthy?