Some pics of the work in progress...
1. Who needs zip ties when you have a torch and boxes of cable guides ?
2. Rear triangle came from a wrecked Nishiki International... will move the rack mounts up to the joint where the old seat stay meets the new ones.
3. Bike gained half an inch of wheelbase but there is much less rake on the front fork and the chainstays got a few inches longer so what it lost up front it gained in the rear. Also raised the bottom bracket height and now have 4 inches of clearance at the pedal with 175mm cranks.
4. Rebuilt the fork from the Nishiki to allow for suspension correction should I decide to swap in a suspension fork... it is a heavy duty chromoly touring fork.
Have settled on a deep British green for the powdercoat and only have a few more little frame tweaks planned like a spoke holder, bottle mount behind the seatpost, and moving those rack mounts up to serve as mounting points for lights / reflector.
A custom rear rack is in the works too.