So, short of the brake mount that is being redone for me, and then the brakes being attached and setup the build is finally uptogether! Never ridden brakeless before but just prior to these photos i couldnt resist a quick spin on her round the nearby pump track esque thing, and happy to report she rides as good if not better than the one I had BITD. I'm in love again!
BIG credit for a number of parts and guidance on this build go to Ba57ards (Tony), not only is he a fountain of knowledge on Hope brakes but also appears to have the most well stocked spares outside of the Hope factory! Cheers mate, you're a true gent and scholar.
There are also many many others on here who have chipped in along the way, and again, I am eternally grateful to you all. This build really would not have been possible without the help of Retrobike and it's members.
Thanks again folks, and I hope you like the end result? Rich