Here is my 1976 Melton touring bike off the wall and out of the barn for the first time after +/- 20 years of storage. 27" frame, 27" rims; designed with steep angles and short rear triangles to offset the flexibility in the tall frame;4-cross spokes on low flange hubs for softer ride. Touring fenders and racks gone. Current condition: dry rot tires, corroded spokes and tire-guides on brake calipers, various rust spots & paint chips on frame, "Melton" decal backing yellowed (don't know if I can find new decals anywhere); seat cover laminants sepparated (original Brooks saddle gone, damn!). Overall, not too bad to get back on the road with a couple weekends of work.
Recommendations from vintage bike type folks? Leave original paint and spot fix the chips and rust or repaint? Input on tips for restoration from anyone would be appreciated.