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1972 Fuji Newest rehab

Old 01-21-17, 08:15 PM
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The before and after pics are great. It's going to be a great looking bike!
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Old 01-22-17, 10:00 AM
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The stays and fork arms have some minor pitting but still turned out well.










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Old 01-22-17, 02:19 PM
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Chrome looks pretty good. This is going really well

Whatcha using to get the rust off? OA dunk and massage with a gentle scouring pad?
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Old 01-22-17, 03:09 PM
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Cleaning up much better than I expected.
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Old 01-22-17, 03:53 PM
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^^No kidding, I didn't think it would turn out that good. I expected more "patina".
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Old 01-22-17, 04:50 PM
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Before and after:



So far it's going better than expected
Oh man, that is sweet...had no doubt it would clean up sometimes grunge is your friend, shows us the orange on the seat tube!
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Old 01-22-17, 05:55 PM
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This is going to be a beauty. I can't wait to see the finished product.
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Old 01-22-17, 07:23 PM
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Originally Posted by Lascauxcaveman View Post
Whatcha using to get the rust off?
The frame and fork were done with aluminum foil and a cheap metal pick thing. I used the pick near the paint and in odd crevasses. The derailleurs I'm doing by hand and I've got a small jug of Evaporust for the small parts.

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Old 01-22-17, 07:38 PM
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Here's most of the parts from the overnight dunk in Evaporust. The brake cable clamps are Shimano, not Suntour, and I suspect replaced when the Dura-ace brakes were put on.




Here's surprise #2 out of this bike. Check out the threads on these two pads. Looks like they were slotted so they could reach the wheels with the new calipers. I'm not sure how to feel about this, but it's obviously not ideal. At a minimum 700c is probably not happening with these calipers.

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Old 01-22-17, 08:17 PM
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super cool bike. love the before and after! preserved by muck
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Old 01-22-17, 08:58 PM
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Being a Fuji guy (had my first Finest in 1973) I read this thread with pleasure. My buddy and I bought a pair of Fujis from the area rep, out of his house on the payment method (and was the motivation to get my first checking account).


When I thought I read that the OP was considering stripping the paint to reveal the underlying chrome I silently said "I hope not". I did just that with my second Finest a hand full of years later. While the paint is really well done the chrome under the paint was not done with the idea of showing it. Excepting the exposed OE spots the chrome is rough and not polished/buffed. It looks like the base steel surface was also not prepped for show chrome. The BB shell took a very long time to remove all the paint and primer as it was very thickly applied to cover the rough and raw surface, like an un filed or sanded sand cast one (although it was a stamped and welded shell). Later when I moved to Santa Cruz for a few months every nick showed rust from the salt air.


My current (#3) Finest linked to as I got the frame/fork, the parts were not on the bike but were part of the deal. I've built it up with a mix of era stuff and current stuff. I've ridden it only a few times as since I make my own frames and prefer how they ride. But were I to attend a classic bike rally the Finest would come out to play.


https://www.flickr.com/photos/731955...57622489545743


These were not light weight bikes, not too bad for the time but not light. I always suspected the tubing was a 1x.7 gage set. The chrome adds a tad more. The parts were solid but clunky, the seat post must have a 3/16" wall and it's seat rail carriers are steel. The cool aspect were the wheels with the foam filled Ukai sew up rims and black walled Soyo sew ups. Dia Comp 610 brakes with nice QR hangers. Of course the SunTour ratcheted shift levers were cool too. I ran bar end levers though. Andy.
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Old 01-22-17, 09:10 PM
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^ Thanks for the Finest pics! I'm about preservation and have no plans to strip or touch up the paint.

Just weighed this frame and fork - with the headset cups still installed the frame is 4.6lbs and the fork is 1.6.
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Old 01-23-17, 11:52 AM
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I think the wheels that came with are for tubulars. The tires are Wolber 333 and the rear has a bulge so there's no riding them as is. I might learn how to do the tubular thing for this bike. In the meantime I have a couple 700c sets that might work well. Possibly some Weinmann concaves.



OEM is a Seamless like the one here - 1972 Fuji "Newest" 1B Custom - Vintage Fuji Archive If I don't run into one of those I'm leaning towards the the Avocet that's on it or this Belt

I like the Fujita Belt saddle, but a 72 Finest would have had a leather covered plastic base saddle (suede, I think). I don't think the Avocet would be a bad choice either.
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Old 01-23-17, 12:32 PM
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Here's surprise #2 out of this bike. Check out the threads on these two pads. Looks like they were slotted so they could reach the wheels with the new calipers. I'm not sure how to feel about this, but it's obviously not ideal. At a minimum 700c is probably not happening with these calipers.

Hmm, apparently no one else is going to speak up here. I can't endorse the hacked brake block bolts. IMO it's an unnecessary safety hazard. Chances are they won't fail, but why take chances. First gen Dura Ace brakes are a cool period upgrade and all, but those calipers appear (?) to be short reach (39-49) when they should have used standard reach (47-57). What were the originals? Dia Compe 610?
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Old 01-24-17, 01:52 PM
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The original brakes are center pull somethings. I tried a couple wheelsets and it looks like the calipers work fine with 27" and the pads were slotted to accommodate 700c at some point. Going with 27" and intact pads for now. Here are current pics after hanging some parts:







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Old 01-24-17, 01:53 PM
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What bar tape would you guys use? Newbaums cotton?
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Old 01-27-17, 05:45 PM
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Originally Posted by Salamandrine View Post
Whatcha going to do for a saddle? This is one case where a Gyes/Cardiff might be more appropriate than a Brooks
Here's how it looks with a B17 professional:



Suede San Marco:

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Looking great! Personally I like the Brooks. Newbaums would probably be the best option if you wish to have something close to the original feel and look.
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Old 01-27-17, 08:40 PM
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Here's how it looks with a B17 professional:

Suede San Marco:
You know I think they both look just right on that bike. I can't pick a favorite. Perhaps pick the seat you find most comfortable? I would go cotton tape with the Brooks. The San Marco would be fine with cotton too, but maybe consider Fizik soft touch tape, as it is very similar to the suede tape that used to come on Japanese bikes in the late 70s. Unfortunately it comes in only one color: black ( actually very dark grey).
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Old 01-28-17, 08:07 PM
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The frame and fork were done with aluminum foil and a cheap metal pick thing. I used the pick near the paint and in odd crevasses. The derailleurs I'm doing by hand and I've got a small jug of Evaporust for the small parts.

You are using the aluminum foil directly on the paint?
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Old 01-28-17, 08:27 PM
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I'm pretty sure he just used it on the chrome.
Great looking bike!
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You are using the aluminum foil directly on the paint?
The foil was for the chrome parts of the frame. The paint cleaned up surprisingly well with detail spray and a microfiber towel.
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Old 02-11-17, 06:21 PM
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Pretty cool find. Thanks for posting all the pictures.
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Very, very nice job. I just picked up a 1972 Fuji Finest that will need some clean up as well. It has similar rust issues. The parts are almost all original (other than the saddle and front derailleur) and they are all (esp. the small parts) a dead ringer for the parts on your bike. The stem is stuck though but maybe I'll get lucky with it.

The small parts in post 34 are a dead ringer but the bolt on the pump clip is rusted on tight. I may have to use a compact hacksaw to get that off.

I also have a set of first gen dura ace brakes that I'm thinking of using.

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Old 08-18-17, 10:11 PM
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That is one nice job of applying skill, patience and a bucketful of TLC and making a neglected old steed stand proud again. Chapeau OP!!!
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