I'm a Polish-American Japanese bike enthusiast who is longtime cycling friends with a German-American French bike enthusiast (correction: he just acquired a Team Fuji and a Schwinn).
After he picked up a '79 Motobecane Grand Jubilee, we learned "forks bent (and so is the frame)" and he wants to pilfer the parts for the purpose of transference to a minty (literally mint chocolate chip colored) '74 Motobecane Nomade with stem shifters. Questions are:
1. can the stem shifters/derailleurs be swapped for the Jube's Suntour Cyclone downtubers with minimal work?
2. can the skewers from the quick release Jube wheel be made functional on the Nomade wheels that aren't quick release?
3. Is it worth it?
Bonus question: The Jubilee came with a real nice leather stitched bar wrap that he wants to save and already mangled the stem (he understands now the term "Drew"), is there a two piece stem that can clamp down on an already wrapped bar that otherwise is too thick to slide into other stems we've seen).
He'll follow with pics but his sister-in-law is using the computer tonight while he hangs out with his bikes but here's a pic of the Nomade (his first restore):
And here's the Jube: