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1973 Fuji Special Road Racer. Worth fixing up?

Old 06-19-20, 10:26 PM
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1973 Fuji Special Road Racer. Worth fixing up?

Here is another bike I was given from a garage clean out. Needs tires, and handlebar wrap. Looks pretty well equipped. I do have the original front tire, I took it off to go get tires for it. It had an old water bottle holder which was mounted over the FUJI on the center tube, which is why the logo isn't perfect. If I decoded the serial number correctly this is from 1973. Just wondering if it's worth fixing up and what it might be worth, I think the original Belt seat has some value. Overall I think it's kind of cool with the fenders and rear rack. Last value post I found was from 2010, so looking for a more recent appraisal. Thank much.








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Old 06-19-20, 10:41 PM
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Not a bad project bike at all. Should clean up very nicely! I really like the aggressive chainstay dimpling.

I would not dump a lot of $$ into it however. Take all the time you need!
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Old 06-20-20, 07:36 AM
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personally Rewarding project
not an investment
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I still have my September '74-built '75-model year S-10S that I bought new in '76.. K9I003xx Yours has steel rims, whereas later years were equipped with aluminum. You might want to check out a local bike co-op for a set of replacement wheels. Looks to be in remarkable shape - just clean/lube and replace consumables.

Mine has had numerous upgrades/parts replacements in the 44 years since! Note that it still has the original Fujita Belt saddle, too!


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I had a really clean one with a rock hard BELT saddle that I sold for $180. So worth would be in your time to clean it up.
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Originally Posted by Skye_Walker77 View Post
Here is another bike I was given from a garage clean out. Needs tires, and handlebar wrap. Looks pretty well equipped. I do have the original front tire, I took it off to go get tires for it. It had an old water bottle holder which was mounted over the FUJI on the center tube, which is why the logo isn't perfect. If I decoded the serial number correctly this is from 1973. Just wondering if it's worth fixing up and what it might be worth, I think the original Belt seat has some value. Overall I think it's kind of cool with the fenders and rear rack. Last value post I found was from 2010, so looking for a more recent appraisal. Thank much.
Cool SRR !! I haven't seen a '73 before and It's interesting the differences between it and the seemingly more common '75 & '76 models. I'm hoping you restore it.

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Take all the time you need!
That's certainly been my strategy having acquired a really rusty SRR in '14. Early this year I got as far as painting the "too far gone" oxidized & rusted parts black. I'm letting that paint cure in the now summertime heat - that's my story...






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I still have my September '74-built '75-model year S-10S that I bought new in '76..
Do I remember you having the bill of sale from your SRR? I just found the bill of sale and all associated paperwork from my 1st bike store bike, a Fuji Supreme. Is there a thread of original bill of sale receipts?
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Old 06-20-20, 11:58 AM
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Wow, great! Yes clean and lube and ride. Evaporust for the small chrome bit if you have not used it before. For large chrome eg (steel) rims crumpled aluminum foil (shiny side out? does it matter?) after cleaning to remove rust; cheap and effective. I have a 75 in white I need to finish.
That is the newest looking belt addle I have ever seen.
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Absolutely yes. That bike is worth fixing up. It has a high tensile steel alloy frame that is surprisingly light once you strip all the parts off it. If you ditch the chrome steel wheels for some nice new alloy wheels you can get that bike down to around 25lbs. Mount some brand new Continental or Michelin tires & that bike has potential to be an amazing ride. Be good. Have fun.
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If you do decide to sell it, switch out the Belt for an inexpensive one. I own a Belt and have never ridden it but people seem to love them and they sell well on the 'bay. Every time I pull it out I marvel at how thick the leather is and it's a cool looking seat.
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Originally Posted by Deal4Fuji View Post

Do I remember you having the bill of sale from your SRR? I just found the bill of sale and all associated paperwork from my 1st bike store bike, a Fuji Supreme. Is there a thread of original bill of sale receipts?
Yep, that was me. I did a little horse trading, too. Upgraded the tires, added toe clips/straps, and since I was used to my previous bike that had safety levers I added those as well (but took them off a month or so later)

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That is in nice shape! It should clean up nicely. Probably best to leave it stock. The money you would spend could go towards another project with whatever upgrades you need. Later versions of the bike saw major improvements. Yours is one of the earliest versions, and it is complete and original! You can try The Bikesmiths in Milwaukee for deals on 27" tires. That's if they have any in stock with pandemic bike demand draining inventories.
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Yep, that was me. I did a little horse trading, too. Upgraded the tires, added toe clips/straps, and since I was used to my previous bike that had safety levers I added those as well (but took them off a month or so later)

I was so happy to find my entire packet of owners manual, bill of sale, salesman's business card (who was a local surfing icon) and even a city bike registration receipt. Looks like I was a victim of inflation by '82 ! The Supreme was a more entry level bike than the S 10 S but it was one of the few frames Fuji offered in 27"
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Skye Walker if you do decide to keep it original and use the Dia Compe brakes, I see that grommet piece you're missing on the left side being hard to find. I've got the original center pull brakes I don't plan to use if you want them, I'll send them your way. However they do look pretty bad, but you can probably just use the grommet-like piece. PM me if you want it.
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Old 06-21-20, 09:31 AM
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Originally Posted by Deal4Fuji View Post
I was so happy to find my entire packet of owners manual, bill of sale, salesman's business card (who was a local surfing icon) and even a city bike registration receipt. Looks like I was a victim of inflation by '82 ! The Supreme was a more entry level bike than the S 10 S but it was one of the few frames Fuji offered in 27"
Mine was discounted as a nearly two-year-old scratched floor model that nobody wanted - long scratch along the toptube, driveside. List price was $219.95, so the store took ~$25 off.

This was also the third Fuji I bought from that shop. The first being a '74 all-steel Special Tourer, that was stolen three months later from the high school bike rack. The second being the first's identical replacement. F9B18529 being the bike that was stolen, and replaced with F9B18546. The latter was sold to a buddy's sister two years later so I could afford the upgrade to the S-10S. I really wanted the America, but couldn't afford/justify the extra $100 in list price since I was a full-time college student! The America listed at $330, and a whole year at college (Ohio State) in '76/77 was ~$2700 for tuition/room/board!
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I have the piece, I just disconnected it to remove the front tire.
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Skye_Walker77 , That would be a very worthwhile restoration project. I just finished a complete restoration of a 1974 Raleigh which I documented in the following threads, I hope they will give some insight and inspiration:

1974 Raleigh Grand Prix Rehab.... Part 1... Headset

1974 Raleigh Grand Prix Rehab..Part 2..Bottom Bracket & Crank

1974 Raleigh Grand Prix Rehab...Part 3....Brakes

1974 Raleigh Grand Prix Rehab...Part 4...Derailleurs

1974 Raleigh Grand Prix Rehab...Part 5...Frame Alignment

1974 Raleigh Grand Prix Rehab...Part 6...Pedals
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Hold on to the Belt saddle. It will be easy to sell on eBay. I looked for some time for a Belt to complete my Fuji rebuild.
My family's bike shop in Kinston,NC sold Fuji all during the 70s. My first nice bike was an S-10S. Still have it but it has been painted several times.
Can't believe how many leather saddles we threw away back then.
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I've been taking pictures of bikes that come in for repair.
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