Agree on the quill to threadless (clamp on stem) option. Don't know why it didn't even cross my mind when I posted about cutting the steer.
Also agree about simply adding features you want. I'm lucky to have several options local to me when it comes to this. However, the fork on my Peugeot is merely 1020 steel, so I don't think I want to invest the time or effort into putting lowriders on it.
Besides, I have the perfect length and diameter steer tube and crown to fit it. They are from a Tange Switchblade fork made back in the late 80's to mid 90's. Problem is I don't have the legs to complete it!
I don't suppose it would be too difficult to fab up some legs, I just haven't gotten around to it.
Very nice Trek, I love the vintage MTB's!