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'70s Fuji Barn Find

Old 02-01-22, 12:06 PM
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'70s Fuji Barn Find

Working on acquiring this. Can anyone tell me more about this? Any idea what it's worth and what has been "upgraded"?

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Old 02-01-22, 01:07 PM
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may have begun life as a ~1973 S10S

original brakes were DC centrepull

original wheels were Sansin Matsumoto (Sunshine) hubs

if those are Weyless hubs in there to go with those Weyless QR skewers they are valuable...


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Old 02-01-22, 01:44 PM
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Looks like a Fuji S10S. Nice bike but at the lower end of Fui's lineup. Some parts have been changed out. Given the condition, I wouldn't pay much. I'd value it around $25 as it sits. If you can make money off the hubs great, but selling wheels can be a bit of a pain and you'll need to find replacements which will cost you money.
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Old 02-01-22, 02:11 PM
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I concur with the early S10-S id. I just discovered the classic Fuji site that has all the catalog pages from the '70s and '80s. My guess is maybe a '73 or '74 model based on where the single logo is positioned on the seat tube. The '75s went to a pair, one on each side. Good catch on the skewers. I had no idea what those were. I'm looking for a urban errand bike I can chain up for a few minutes without worry. But I'm not naive. I bet this bike is going to need a lot of parts to be roadworthy again so $2-300 minimum even if it were free.
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Old 02-01-22, 02:24 PM
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saddle is likely to be Belt brand and worth a bit

I-beam stem is a model of Nitto


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Old 02-01-22, 02:37 PM
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A lot of parts have changed. There is no spoke guard so the freewheel may be changed. these bikes came in 21", 23", and 25". Seller's ad says 33" stand-over height but that seems tall even for a 25". Does this look like a 23"? I ride a 24.5" now and this looks smaller for some reason.

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Old 02-01-22, 02:58 PM
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clearly too small to be the 25 so must be the 23

keep in mind that these sizes are nominal and are measured c-t-t


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I would agree 73 or bike and yes the parts nicely cleaned up are worth more than the bike Suntour Vx group with bar ends $100 or so, Belt Saddle $40, Stem $25, $40-50 the crankset BB and $75 for the hubs skewers. That said the bike is really rough and only worth a $100 or so as it takes a lot of work to restore one of these or part it out for good value unless you doing regularly.
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Old 02-01-22, 05:25 PM
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They are nice riding bikes and a good candidate if leaving it alone and locked up. It is one of my favorites. I own two. I'd pay a fair amount if I could ever find one well stored and NIB.
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Old 02-01-22, 05:31 PM
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Yeah it's a 23 and will make a great urban commuter. That said, if things look this bad on the outside, there are likely to be problems on the inside. The estimates on the value of the parts doesn't take into account that they will need a lot of cleaning and may be entirely crapped out at this point. Take a flier at $25 on the bike for its coolness factor and if you want to do a lot of work getting it road worthy. Otherwise find an old bike in better condition to work on.
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Old 02-01-22, 07:18 PM
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it's a nice bike with good features.Who cares if it needs all new parts. Don't take less than $100 for it.
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I must admit the dust on the bike drew me in. I'm sure there is a primal need in humans to clean and sort things. I've heard of filthy barn find sports cars full of rat droppings sell at auction for twice as much as one in professionally restored condition. Now that's crazy! I still haven't gotten a response from the seller so it may have already sold. If I miss out on this at least it turned me on to '70s FUJI machinery. They had some pretty nice looking bikes back then. Odd names like "The Newest" are kind a fun too.
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Old 02-02-22, 06:30 AM
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Depending on how much you want it, $25 to $50 in my opinion. If that's a Belt saddle in good condition that and the bar-cons are worth it. The early Special Road Racers had hi-ten frames and steel rims. They improved alot in the late '70s and early '80s.
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Old 02-02-22, 06:57 AM
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Originally Posted by Cratecruncher View Post
I must admit the dust on the bike drew me in. I'm sure there is a primal need in humans to clean and sort things. I've heard of filthy barn find sports cars full of rat droppings sell at auction for twice as much as one in professionally restored condition. Now that's crazy! I still haven't gotten a response from the seller so it may have already sold. If I miss out on this at least it turned me on to '70s FUJI machinery. They had some pretty nice looking bikes back then. Odd names like "The Newest" are kind a fun too.
The Newest bikes are a bit rare. You're more likely to find the Finest. Both are terrific bikes and well worth owning, restoring, and riding. This is my 70s Fuji Finest that I largely rebuilt as it is not original spec other than the headset and seatpost.

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it's a nice bike with good features.Who cares if it needs all new parts. Don't take less than $100 for it.
In an average market in that condition, I can't see getting $100 for it. Count on a lot of stuck stuff, dealing with rust, it needs a pile of consumables. Paid $100 three days ago for a similar bike component wise, but in NOS condition. It had been for sale for several weeks, so its not like I scooped it up.

Heavy rust on the frame chrome, worst looks to be on the drive side fork sock. Although I regularly deal with rust, when it gets that severe, it tends to have serious pitting, which will not go away,

Now if you are just seeking some parts, Belt saddle, I beam stem, bar end shifters, wheel hubs, crankset, and derailleur we can't see, all have some value. But that value is gained by the buyer, who takes the time to dismantle, clean, polish, and market those parts. Could be an excellent return for the right buyer.

So its a matter if it is being bought to refurbish (costly unless you have a pile of consumables and a lot of time), or bought to harvest some good parts. Is the parts harvest worth $100 or more? You bet!!!

Barn find in the vintage car world is a selling point. In the vintage bike world, its not. It just means ignored, neglected, stuck parts, rusty, etc. Now if it were a pre-WWII bike, you bet, people are looking for "barn finds".

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If you can do a full overhaul, you have the time, and this looks like a worthy project to you, it might be worth $100. I would probably pay $40 for it, the value of Suntour barcons alone. I would just assume that the green paint would clean up nicely, and that's the key factor here, the paint. If the paint doesn't look like it would clean up, then I wouldn't bother.

This would only be a fun flip project for me. I wouldn't consider putting it in my stable. I would plan to spend quite a bit for consumables and pedals, probably $150 or more.
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Do check the stem and seat post to make sure they aren't stuck. They most likely will loosen up,, though.. The other thing to check is the crank arms to make sure they haven't been cross-threaded., where somebody threaded the pedals into the wrong sides. Quick and easy check since the pedals aren't there.

Besides the swapped out wheels and upgrade to bar-cons, it has French Mafac brakes, which are actually pretty good. A bit of a Frankenbike, depending on your perspective.

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I would say around 150 to 200
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