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1983 Fuji Touring Series IV - tread on original (SCCR) tires

Old 03-16-10, 08:41 PM
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1983 Fuji Touring Series IV - tread on original (SCCR) tires

Long time lurker, first time poster. I acquired a Fuji Series IV and it appears to be showroom quality. I understand pics are best (from the "Show-Me" state) and are forthcoming. That said:
(1). What would a 1983 Fuji Series IV with no miles be worth (not planning on selling, but curious)?
(2). Would I lessen the value by replacing the original un-sat-upon seat with a Brooks B17 Special with the plan to add the same color leather toeclips and barwrap?
(3). What does the serial number "PD305344" indicate (and I've already been to Classic Fuji's serial number page but am still unsure...I hope "PD" stands for "product development" or "police dept.")?
***I've lurked enough to appreciate the "that bike is worth $5 and I'll pay for shipping" responses. I plan on making this my touring bike but am genuinely interested in the possible value (understanding that it is worth whatever someone will pay for it...in my case, $125.00).
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(3). What does the serial number "PD305344" indicate (and I've already been to Classic Fuji's serial number page but am still unsure...I hope "PD" stands for "product development" or "police dept.")?
Per T-Mar:

SERIAL NUMBERS 1980-1987*:

Serial number format WXYZZZZZ where;

W = a letter, presumibly indicating a Fuji facility or contractor. To date, samples have included F, I , J, K & S.
X = a letter, indicating the calendar month of manufacturer (A = January, B = February, C = March, etc)
Y = a number, indicating the last digit of the calendar year of manufacture (0 = 1980, 1 = 1981, 2 = 1982, etc.)
ZZZZZ = a five digit number sequence, probably indicating frame number during month

Example: FB125349 indicates the 25,349th frame manufactured during February 1981.
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from the "Show-Me" state
Was that the one on the Springfield CL? Congrats on the purchase!

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$125 is a great deal for this. If I were you and you were planning on using it and potentially selling it later, I would take off the original saddle and tires and replace them with what you like but keep them and add them for a resale. Hard to give a valuation without knowing components, condition, size and frame material, but it is likely worth about 3 times what you paid.
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Thanks for the feedback y'all. It is in "ridiculous" condition. Good suggestion on preserving the tires and saddle for possible down-the-road resale (although I anticipate emotional attachment). Bob, I am up at Lake Ozark although I previously lived in Springfield (I miss some of those FarmRoadRides down south). This bike was the one from CL and the guy who sold it said that he purchased it from a friend's dad but then found the frame too big for him. I don't think either did more than ride around the block.
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