Hello fellow CV'ers. I drove down to Gastonia, NC from the hills and hollers of western NC and bought this 82 Trek 614 for a hundred bucks when I saw it in a CL ad. The main reason I did is that it is a nice mate in my size to the 82 610 I just finished building up for my wife. That, and when I pulled up, the first thing I saw was the "531 butted tubes, forks, and stays" sticker, so I was looking at a full 531 frame supposedly. How much fun is it gonna be to do day rides and short tours on matching old Treks? Anyway, it fits me great, and is built out like a touring bike:
Suntour 14-34(!) Perfect FW
1st gen Suntour Cyclone RD
Suntour Cyclone MK II FD
28-40-45 Sugino cranket
DiaCompe G sidepulls
Shimano bar ends
Old school Eclipse rear rack
Laprade, Avocet, SR 150 pedals with Christophe cages, and all the other common early '80s Trek bits
The paint is in MUCH worse shape than the photos suggest. I've already broken the bike down to the bare frame. So, since I have access to a blast booth and high-quality spray equipment, I was thinking of media blasting it, and putting a new Imron or PPG finish on. I've seen many here say, "better to touch up that original finish and save it, it's better than anything you can put back on." I also took note today of the lovely brass powdercoat job on that Bridgestone. So, I'm in that "re-fin limbo" so many of us have experienced.
This is going to be a long-term winter project for me, so I'm not in a hurry. I'd appreciate any insight/input/comments from the sage populace of C&V. One last question/observation. When I pulled the fork, I noticed the Ishiwata stamp on the steer tube. So, that means the fork blades are 531, yes? Was that a common thing?
Just for fun, here's the 610 I built up for my wife (and she's in love with it). Thanks for reading!