@Enid_Puceflange not only did I luck out on the price...I lucked out on them being in awesome condition! They are the plushest forks I have ever used...possibly the heaviest too!
However in the process of messing about with things...I may have broken the rebound adjuster....or something...as none of the twiddly bits do anything any more! I need to find a service manual or something!
Currrent build cost:
I used to work in a bike shop, so know the lads in there quite well, and when I told one of them (actually the guy that sold me it now that I think about it) that I was finally getting round to building it up, he handed me his old and fairly knackered saint cranks, dmr v12 pedals, and bottom bracket. Winner!
After helping a friend build up his new OnOne inbred, he no longer had use for his 31.6 seat clamp. Win.
Trying to help a friend sell his 2nd bike to make way for a baby...when I went round he was having a clear out of parts..."you got a seat for that heavy piece of metal you are building?".... "no"....hands me an old school DH seat...yet another win!
Notice 2 things: 1) it pays to be nice and helpful to people, 2) more importantly...have awesome friends