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1972 Fuji Newest rehab

Old 01-20-17, 06:52 PM
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1972 Fuji Newest rehab

My Fuji Newest is on deck for a full teardown. This is how it came to me. From what I can tell it's stock other than the seat and Dura-ace brakes.

Any predictions on how the paint and chrome will turn out under all this funk?







The chrome is green



Some rust, some dirt




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Coolest graphics on this bike



Interesting seat post









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There's an old Suntour cable guide in there somewhere







Will need some new hoods




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Cool bike! Thanks for sharing. I'm looking forward to seeing it cleaned up.

Looks like mostly dirt, but plenty or superficial rust too. I'd want to soak the whole frame in evaporust, then polish it out and perhaps clear it.
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I think it will clean up nicely... Japan bike paint is usually pretty good stuff. Silver paint isn't always the best (prone to fading and loss of binding to the pigment), when compared to other paint pigments like reds and maroons. I agree with the "mostly dirt and superficial rust" assessment.
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That should recover quite nicely. Perhaps a bit rough around the seat stay caps and the pedals won't pass-off as new, but it will be a very handsome bike. Gentle rubbing with Ultimate Compound for what mild soap won't take off should be enough to bring it back. When I acquired my 1972 Finest, it was a bit worse off than that, but it cleaned up quite nicely. They have durable paint. The chrome is pretty good, but don't be in too much of a hurry, or you may lose the top coat and be left with nickel plating.
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Old 01-21-17, 09:35 AM
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Everything is off the frame except the headset cups



This was the only casualty

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......This was the only casualty



"SNAP". If something has to break, that's a pretty good sacrifice.
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the pedals won't pass-off as new
The pedal cages are steel and might be pitted past the point of recovery. It looks like there was an alloy version of these pedals and I may try to find a set for this bike.

Ideally I'd like to work with as many of the original components as possible. I have a VGT Luxe I'm considering using but will probably stick with the V that came with it.
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Your bike looks like it is a 1974 - 1976, and probably came with MKS alloy pedals and a Suntour V-Luxe RD.
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Your bike looks like it is a 1974 - 1976, and probably came with MKS alloy pedals and a Suntour V-Luxe RD.
Here's how I've dated it so far. The serial starts with K7B, which looks like manufacturing Facility K, year 1972, month February - Fuji Bicycle Serial Number Formats - 1971 through 1991

According to the catalog pics on classicfuji 1972 is the only year with Ever Onward on the chainstays and nothing on the top tube. The crank matches catalog pics for 71 and 72.

I'm no Fuji expert and could easily be wrong on the date.

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Here's how I've dated it so far. The serial starts with K7B, which looks like manufacturing Facility K, year 1972, month February - Fuji Bicycle Serial Number Formats - 1971 through 1991

According to the catalog pics on classicfuji 1972 is the only year with Ever Onward on the chainstays and nothing on the top tube. The crank
I stand corrected. I looked at some of the old catalogs at classicfuji, and they weren't very detailed in the specifications during the early years of importation. The Newest was the highest of the line in those years, and I am surprised it had steel caged pedals.
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Originally Posted by dweenk View Post
I am surprised it had steel caged pedals.
I just looked at the 71-75 catalogs and they all specify "light alloy" pedals. Maybe they were swapped at some point. It looks like the pedal body is alloy, maybe that was enough in 72.

Can you post pics of your 71 Finest? What pedals came with that bike?
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It's not a subject that comes up a lot these days, but BITD steel pedals were necessary if you used metal cleats, like the TA nail on variety. Aluminum cage pedals required plastic (or leather) cleats, and not everyone had or preferred those.

There's something to be said for steel cage pedals, since the long nail-on TA cleats are relatively available on ebay (etc) and can be used to convert any dress shoe into a cycling shoe. Most plastic slot cleat shoes in usable sizes are long gone.
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So many cool details on that one; love the Cinelliesque lugwork.

Let me know if you find one of these cheap in 24" or 25"
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Originally Posted by Salamandrine View Post
BITD steel pedals were necessary if you used metal cleats
Thanks, I hadn't heard of metal cleats. It makes sense.

I have some MKS Sylvan pedals that I'll probably run for now. Are these from the 70s or 80s?

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I am always happy to share obsolete cycling factoids.

The pedals could be 70s to early 80s. They are campy track pedal copies and the design didn't change. I will guess 1979. The plastic clips and straps are definitely 80s or later though. Chrome steel and leather is required here...
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I just looked at the 71-75 catalogs and they all specify "light alloy" pedals. Maybe they were swapped at some point. It looks like the pedal body is alloy, maybe that was enough in 72.

Can you post pics of your 71 Finest? What pedals came with that bike?
I passed that bike on to Oldscool (hope I have the handle correct). I think the original pedals had been replaced on that one - it was missing a lot of its original stuff.

My wife and I bought a pair of Fuji S-10-S bike in 1971 from a small shop in Rockville, MD. I don't remember seeing a Newest on display, but I lusted after a Finest that we could not afford. I remember the Finest having alloy pedals, whether only the body, or also the cage is lost in time I fear.
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The plastic clips and straps
The plastic clips would go for sure. Might borrow this set from another bike if the Newest clips don't clean up well. The clips are rough on both but the leather is good on these.

Actually I just realized the MKS clips and white Mikashima straps are identical on these two bikes.

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Before and after:






So far it's going better than expected






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That is cleaning up nicely!
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Neato! Especially like the details Fuji put into that model. Appears to have a respectable geometry.

Could see lacing up tubulars for this one.
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Owned one of the early Fuji Finest and son owned one of the first Fuji Profesional.
Great bikes and some real fancy details like the lugwork and even the paint combos and chroming.
Brings back a few memories!
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Wow, that is going to be a real stunner. Could not have cleaned up much better. Some good wax is really all it should need at this point.

Whatcha going to do for a saddle? This is one case where a Gyes/Cardiff might be more appropriate than a Brooks. What was the OEM saddle for that year?
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Originally Posted by crank_addict View Post
Could see lacing up tubulars for this one.
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.

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Whatcha going to do for a saddle? This is one case where a Gyes/Cardiff might be more appropriate than a Brooks. What was the OEM saddle for that year?
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

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