update as of today
stripped the bike down, came apart surprisingly easy
stem wasn't seized, no stripped crank puller threads, seatpost wasn't stuck, the only thing that took a little persuading was the non drive side bottom bracket cup, but once clamped across the flats in my vice turned with very little effort
the b/b and headset were fully dead
the left hand crank arm had a right hand pedal butchered into it which had ruined the thread
but other than that most parts were serviceable (they are now going to the LGF cycle emporium
i won't be doing much more on this for a while now, i am in the process of sourcing parts. also the frame needs painting, i am planning to drop it off at Argos in bristol when i collect my P7 frame in about 4 weeks
i have definitely decided to go down the suntour route as i haven't tried getting hold of this stuff since the early 90's and see it as a bit of a challenge.
already on the way are some suntour xc comp hubs/7 speed cassette and front mech. i have also found some xc pro hubs but i'm in the process of negotiations with these. also i have found 2 8speed NOS cassettes and 3 NOS suntour chains, again, all being negotiated as we speak.
i already have shifters and brake levers
so still looking for brakes and chainset and a rear mech but the money has run out till payday so will be calming down on the purchases for a while
here's couple of stripped pics
you can see how bad the fading really is now!! also i like the "muddy fox" on the stem.
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