awesome, Andrew...get it in the comp for this month. You can always perfect it later, and enter it a second time since it's a special month.
I remember discussing this bike with you at length. I just couldn't pull the trigger on it; kudos to you for doing so
Yep the plan is to work on it for the next week or so and then put it up for the vote.
It did look pretty ugly in the eBay photos but on pulling it out of the box while its obvious its been neglected - I suspect its sat outside in the weather for a reasonable amount of its life. Its pretty sound though (its pretty beefy) and has a real charm. The few people that have seen in it the metal think its pretty awesome too.
In a way its a shame that the original wheels went AWOL as they would have been nice to have (they may still be in a bike shop in Sioux City though). I've got some XT hubs for it just like the orginals but will probably use some more modern rims to build them up as period rims are hard to come by. Tyres also will be an issue but I'm sure something will turn up in time too