I recently picked up a 1985 Bridgestone Mb-2 on craigslist for the low, low price of $110. I immediately put on a honey brown Brooks B-17 to compliment the blue and I've been fallen in love with the bike. My plan is to essentially update the bike with a modern drive-train and tour with it for a year or two at which point I'm going to purchase a Surly Long Haul Trucker frame to transfer the parts onto while the Bridgestone will be relegated to single-speed MTB duty (bless those horizontal dropouts). The lugged 4130 should be sturdy enough for loaded touring while I get a handle on the sport of it.
My rough sketch for drive-train updates are as follows (items needing help in bold):
Rear/Front Derailleur: Shimano Deore XT
Shifters: Shimano Dura-Ace 9 Speed bar end
Brakes: Shimano Deore V-Brakes
Brake levers: Tektro Road V brake levers (the ones from Rivendell)
Crankset: Original Sakae SA or replacement? If so, recommendation?
Cassette: 9 speed something-or-other with wide range of gears
Stem: Nitto Dirt-Drop
Handlebars: "Commuter" drops donated from friend
Wheels: Shimano XT hubs + Velocity Cliffhanger/Aeroheat (leaning towards Cliffhanger but uncertain)
Tires: Schwalbe Marathon
One of my small concerns is that the rear spacing is 130mm and most modern MTB hubs seem to be spaced to 135mm. As someone who started his cycling career doing botched fixed-gear conversions (I've since changed my ways) I'm under the impression that anything can be crammed into steel dropouts...but I'd rather not screw around too much if I'll be doing loaded touring.
Any opinions or thoughts on this little experiment? Is there anything I should beware of when collecting parts? Compatibility problems/etc?
Any help or advice is greatly appreciated!