A while back, a mate of mine gave me his old Ribble. He'd bought it new in about 1995, and it was originally a very nice bike - 753 frame, Record group and Open 4 CD rims.
When I took charge of it, it had been festering in his back garden, doing occasional pub duties.
Unfortunately, there were a few bits that couldn't be salvaged. The hubs were totally shot, the rear brake was so badly stuck to the frame I had to grind it off and the ratchet in the right hand shifter was almost gone. The forks were very badly rusted around the crown and threads too.
I couldn't be bothered to source 8 speed Campagnolo hubs, and I had a pair of Daytona 9/10 speed in the parts box, so I decided to find some 'old' 9-speed levers in order that I could use the nice Record Titanium derailleur. I found some Athena 9-speed on eBay.
With some paint stripper, elbow grease, primer, paint and assistance from my Dad (who's handy with a paint gun), I managed to get it refurbed.
The front wheel in the photo is temporary (I have the correct one made up now). The chorus cranks were given to me by a clubmate for free. I'm pleased with how well the deraillers have cleaned up, and how well they work with the Athena levers. It's not that retro with the carbon fork but it's a steel frame with pointy campag shifters...
Now all I need to do is get some decals made up.