I just got my hands on a sweet 1974 Motobecane Le Champion, equipped with full (well, everything except the brake levers+calipers) Campy. As far as I can tell, it's Nuovo Record Derailleurs, Record Strada crankset, Record hubs, and the BB/HS/Pedals/seatpost would also be Record? They're definitely campy, but I don't know campy IDs, I'm just assuming that it would be a matching gruppo. The components have light to middling levels of wear/rust and the frame is unfortunately a little worse with paint chips, some scratches, and some rust spots, although still not bad. The bike has been hanging in a barn for 20 years, but I could have literally just pumped the tires and ridden off!
Anyway, I have a few questions and I wanted to write out my restoration plans so that someone could stop me in advance if I'm about to do something drastically stupid!
First, the questions:
Is that stem campy? I haven't pulled it out yet, but was guessing the CB stands for Campagnolo Brev?
What do people think about overall restorability of the parts? I feel guilty admitting it, but I'm considering ebaying the whole gruppo because as much as I would like to keep it, I just finished college and am totally broke so the money is more important at the moment! I've seen comparable gruppos in better condition go for $500+, but I'm not sure whether I could get these back into good enough condition to make them worth selling. Otherwise, I might make a long project out of trying a complete restore. Did a similar restore on a Gitane Super-Corsa a while back and was amazed at how well it turned out!
And my restore plans/questions:
Frame+fork (sorry, forgot to do a full bike photo, you can see what I mean about paint+rust in the shifters photo) I figure I'll give these a day in oxalic acid and see what happens. Mechanically they're in great shape, but plenty of little rust spots and paint scrapes.
Hubs/Seatpost/Shifters/Crankset: Not sure what to do with these, they're in pretty decent shape. Do you guys have tricks for buffing up AL? I've never bothered before.
BB/HS: Simple! Oxalic Acid for these guys. Probably will do the whole frame/fork with headset installed but fork removed and just dismantle the BB.
(forgot to photo, sorry)
Pedals: Are these all steel, or just the cages? I don't want the oxalic acid messing up any AL, or getting into the bearings. Actually, it just occurred to me I could maybe take just the cages off for a soak? Is that possible, or would I need to dismantle the whole pedal? And one more: thing, if I do dismantle the whole pedal, do I need any special tools, or are they like any other pedal with spindle and bearings?
Deraillers: Seems like RD is mostly AL and FD all steel? So just a clean for the RD and a soak for the FD? If the FD has some AL, will the oxalic acid really hurt it?
Ok, I think that's everything? Any ideas/tips would be great! This is the first time I've gotten my hands on an (almost) fully campy-equipped bike, and it's pretty exciting so I think it's worth really tearing it down and trying to get everything nice and shiny again, which is something I very rarely bother to do...
Ed: Are the pics showing up in the post, or only as attachments? Having some trouble with em...