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Old 07-21-10, 01:15 PM   #1
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What would you do about this 86 Team Fuji?

Im not sure if this thread should belong in the appraisal section or not, so mods can move it if they feel it belongs there.

So im in the process of cleaning and rebuilding this 1986 team fuji. Well I was going to keep it for myself but I got the trek now and I know im keeping the trek honestly I would keep both but my apartment is getting way to small. As im mostly asking the question what would you do?

The only things I have done to it was clean parts and soak the frame to get all the rust off and sprayed with framesaver and also put new bearings in the bottom bracket and headset.

It still needs tires, tubes, cables, bar wrap, and bearings for the wheels, I would keep them but they where sticky when I would spin the wheels, and I need to find replacements for the hoods.

What I want to know is what would you do? I could get it running and flip it in the end, but I know that im not going to make much which is fine. I know how we are all about keeping it original but what if I was to part it out.

Right now im pretty unsure of what to do next.
Any suggestions would be helpful.

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Old 07-21-10, 01:31 PM   #2
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Do you have fun building ? if you enjoy the process then build it and flip it. Always a good learning experience. =If it feels like a chore then just either list it as is as a project build or part it out if you think youll make more on the parts (that should be easy enough to determine).
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You can sell it to me for $50!

Put it in storage somewhere come back to it later, or sell it and focus on that nice Trek and getting it road going.
Sometimes decisions are clearer once a desired project is done.
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Is this the blue and yellow or black and pink?

If the latter and 58cm we could talk...
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Old 07-21-10, 01:41 PM   #5
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Its to small for you Knatfull.

@WNG The only thing is the walls are closing in on me, my wife and daughter in the 2 bedroom apartment.
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Grrr
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Grrr
Sorry Keith, but . I certainly don't blame you for trying.
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Project bikes sell cheap, real cheap. If you are really good at managing parts spending, you could probably finish that bike for about $40, and get $100 to $150 more for it. The choice is yours.
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jamesj's problem is logistics. Space is a premium. I sympathize after coming from a tight 2-bedroom condo in the middle of Boston. Out here in the desert, I sure miss having a basement. I'm already running short on storage space.

@ khatfull
It is blue and yellow.

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Well should you decide to free yourself of it, give me a shout. IIRC, it was in my size. Maybe I'll sell the Prelude project bike since it's a bit big at 57cm.
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Yep thats the problem, to tight a space for to many bikes...

but here is what i got so far.











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You have really made that look good. But I can relate to the "no space" problem. So you you should finish it up and sell it, or trade it away for what you need to finish that Trek.

I don't know what you need, but I have a Nishiki with dent in the top tube that I was considering stripping for parts. I have a bunch of other stuff as well. Just tell me what you need. . . .

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I still think you should consider holding onto it. Too purdy. Hang it up as artwork for a while.
Darn looks like it's too small for me, I take a 54-55cm seat tube.
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I still think you should consider holding onto it. Too purdy. Hang it up as artwork for a while.
Darn looks like it's too small for me, I take a 54-55cm seat tube.
Yea, that Team is a gem .. I don't think I've ever seen one with such nice original paint.

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Yeah it is a decent frame.
the only thing that was wrong with it cosmetically was it had some rust on the chrome here and there. There still is a tiny pin prick spot on the cable guide but nothing serious, and the "F" on the fork crown wouldn't get clean it is dark inside the letter, and the paint on the left side of the frame is sun burned. someone must have had it up against a wall and let the sun get to it. It doesn't look shiny like the other side, it is dull now. there was some rust in the bottom bracket but it cleaned out with a oxalic acid bath. The decals are a bit messed up the top coat on the decals was peeling off, I was actually going to run finger nail clear coat over the decals to stop them from peeling again.

Last night i started cleaning the bearings, i was able to pull off the seal and started scrubbing the bearings with wd-40 and then soap and water. Big improvement on those, now just to put them back in the wheels!





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I have an 86 Team, Black and Pink, 54cm. That's a really nice bike. I've been promising myself I would build it up as a brifter bike, but haven't gone there yet. It's one of the lightest vintage bikes I have weighing in at under 21 lbs. I'm biased, but I'd find a way to keep it.
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@ sjpitts: Does the dent in the top tube just bother you because it's not perfect? FWIW, that dent is a non-factor in my book. Nice bike.
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@ sjpitts: yeah that nishiki is pretty nice...
love the colors.

@roccobike nice i like the black and pink 80's retro colors!

so i have a question the brake levers had the original hoods on them but not they are falling apart. what would fit these?



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so i have a question the brake levers had the original hoods on them but not they are falling apart. what would fit these?
They look to be a copy of Campy SR. I'm restoring a late 70s Competition G.S. for a friend that came equipped with Shimano 600 brakes/levers. The 600 levers were also SR copies, I believe. I ordered these a few days ago. When they arrive I'll report back on how they fit.
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They look to be a copy of Campy SR.
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I cannot confirm that they truly are a copy, but they do look it and that would make sense if Superbe hoods were a step above and another copy. If that is the case, A'me hoods seem to do the trick on my Superbe levers.
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Thanx for the help everyone.

these are the hoods that i pulled off the brake levers.
i don't think the ones ColonelJLloyd posted will work since the have the whole in the top.

do they make a generic version with no holes in them?

here are the ones i have right now.

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Thanx for the help everyone.

these are the hoods that i pulled off the brake levers.
i don't think the ones ColonelJLloyd posted will work since the have the whole in the top.

do they make a generic version with no holes in them?
Are they aero levers? If so try these:
http://www.loosescrews.com/index.cgi...d=129222631946
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@old fat guy yeah they are the aero levers thanx.

i was thinking those but wasnt to sure.
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i don't think the ones ColonelJLloyd posted will work since the have the whole in the top.

do they make a generic version with no holes in them?
I didn't realize your levers were aero. That said, the hole wouldn't keep them from "working".

I took a few phone photos of the "generic" hoods from Loose Screws. The lever arm needed to be removed to install them without putting too much stress on the hood. I removed the lever arm, sprayed a Simple Green solution in the hood and slid the housing part of the lever in from the rear of the hood. I pushed the housing through the front of the hood to the point where the hinge pin that holds the lever arm could be accessed and reattached the arm. They're not as nice looking or feeling as the new Dia Compe hoods, but they're what I could find.
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Any NOS Ame, Dia Compe, Suntour, aero hood will fit. Shimano style aero hoods have slight difference around the lever cut out. Won't fit perfect.
I'd give the ones OFG (Old Fast Guy)
linked a try, also the black ones from Nasbar for their cheap aero levers will fit.
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The ones I linked to will work fine. I had about three sets on hand, and just used one set on a pair of Shimano 600's as shown in the Colonel's pics. I heated a nail punch to make a hole in the top and that worked just fine, too.
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