...which I'm hoping will be at least partially reborn as a hardtail mountain bike, for towpath/trail riding and bad-weather backpack commuting.
drafters65 sold me a Specialized Stumpjumper frame I'm planning to hang all this on, or at least as much of it as will fit. I already know the seatpost and bottom bracket are the wrong sizes for this frame, but I'm hoping to use most of the drivetrain and brakes.
Once I have both the fork and frame in hand, I'll need to make a decision about whether or not to get a new paint job. I've learned by lurking in the Classic & Vintage forum that, like anything else, you can pay as much or as little as you like to paint a bike. (I'm far too lazy to paint it myself, not to mention fond of my lungs.) My plan at the moment is to strip the frame myself and have a shop do the painting.
I'm thinking shallow riser bars would work well, and I have a mountain bike saddle I just pulled off my touring bike I can use. (That's the saddle my butt spent the 300+ miles of the Shake, Rattle and Roll tour on top of, so I know it's comfortable.)
My mechanic gave the pull-apart job to another mechanic in the shop who I've not seen before. I wonder if he's training the guy? It would make good sense if so.