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    What would you do? Classic fuji with broken frame

    So this Fuji America bike (probably '81 not exactly sure) came to me.

    It's in great shape, all original parts right down to the leather Fuji seat.

    but the frame has a break. Not just a crack, just completely broken on the weld where the middle tube meets the bottom bracket.

    I was originally thinking I could track down a Fuji America frame (seems like I've ran in to a few of those on craigslist)... but so far no luck anywhere.

    I'm hoping to sell the bike, so obviously I'm not trying to spend a fortune restoring it, nor am I trying to make it in to a franken-bike. I'd prefer to put up an ad that says "All original fuji america" and get a little money in my pocket. That's my goal here. What would you do?

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    I'd strip the parts and sell them or find a frame to hang them on.
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    I'd strip it and make a wheel-stand out of it. I'm on the lookout for a damaged frame — at least one that has the damage in a place that does not compromise the bits I need for building/aligning wheels.
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    Disassemble and sell the parts.

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    Goner. Strip the frame. Not worth the effort to fix it.

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    Fixing broken frames on vintage bikes is never cost effective. Usually only done on the most collectable bikes or for sentimental reasons.
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    Whats size is it? I know someone that might be selling an America frame .. so don't sell off the parts just yet.

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    make desk art. I've got a bottom bracket pencil holder and would like to make a lugged dropout business card holder and lugged headtube to make a picture frame.
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    The cost of replacing the seat tube and rewelding the frame, never mind the cost of repainting and decals would not make this a cost effective resell for a 1980's Fuji America. Either wait a few years for a good frame to pop up for sale or sell the components.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuckk View Post
    I've had two Fujis that were snapped through the seat tube just above the bottom bracket. It seemed to be a design feature at some point.
    Breaking above the shell suggests overheating during brazing. If you were the original owner, were you able to get them replaced by Fuji?

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    I have a 58 available. 1986 model that uses cantilevers. Comes with original wheels, headset, rack, and spare spokes in the spoke holder! Yes, I am the original owner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by p.nibzz View Post
    I'm hoping to sell the bike, so obviously I'm not trying to spend a fortune restoring it, nor am I trying to make it in to a franken-bike. I'd prefer to put up an ad that says "All original fuji america" and get a little money in my pocket. That's my goal here.
    That would be dishonest.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ThermionicScott View Post
    That would be dishonest.
    well then "mostly original"

    Thanks for the advice guys. Probably just strip it then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ScottRyder View Post
    Whats size is it? I know someone that might be selling an America frame .. so don't sell off the parts just yet.

    Scott
    Does the size of the frame matter? Wouldn't any Fuji America frame fit the same components? I'm honestly not sure the size of the frame, the whole thing is sitting in storage about 100 miles away from where I am right now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by p.nibzz View Post
    Does the size of the frame matter? Wouldn't any Fuji America frame fit the same components? I'm honestly not sure the size of the frame, the whole thing is sitting in storage about 100 miles away from where I am right now.
    er, I kind of meant what size frame would you like to replace it with .. what fits you.

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    It doesn't matter as long as the size isn't too strange. I'm not riding it, I got tuition to pay.

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    what components came on it?

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    58cm 1986 Fuji America Touring Series V, original owner. In a state of semi-disassembly. Fuji's updated replacement for the original America. Improvements to hold more water, spare spokes, rack mounts front and rear, canti brakes,quad butted Ishiwata tubing, and the same long point, windowed lugs. Nice.
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    That is lovely
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    Please don`t toss the frame just because it`s busted. It`s true it`s probably not worth anything right now, but if I had a Bitcoin for all the things I`ve thrown away because I thought they were worthless, then regretted it, I`d be considerably more financially solvent than at present.

    Either toss it somewhere dry and out of the way, or pass it on to someone else who will... it`s not worth fixing now, but someday it may well be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slowerplease View Post
    Please don`t toss the frame just because it`s busted. It`s true it`s probably not worth anything right now, but if I had a Bitcoin for all the things I`ve thrown away because I thought they were worthless, then regretted it, I`d be considerably more financially solvent than at present.

    Either toss it somewhere dry and out of the way, or pass it on to someone else who will... it`s not worth fixing now, but someday it may well be.
    I know what you're saying. But there are very few effective uses for a frame broken in that way. As well, storage costs money and usually requires some kind of energy (space is heated...etc).

    In this case, it might be better to hand it off to a recycler.

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    Can we get a picture of the broken tube?

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