Here's the update:
Replaced cracked frame with a 17" slightly younger model (think 1997 as no rear canti hanger??) from Attempted Mustache.
Replaced RC38s with period RC35s from justbackdated
Located crown race for my XT headset from GA Cycles (Soton) with help from jonnyboy666
Replaced heavily scratched oem seatpost with Thomson Elite from Andy B
Replaced heavily scratched XT Shifters with a set from stevebe
Purchased Orange saddle from eBay
The frame needs stripping down and a polish, but I'm a little nervous about attempting this so I've stalled at present
I like the orange decals but they need replacing with like for like so I'll be getting in touch with Gil M at some point for these.
I'm thinking blue and orange bling would compliment this nicely, as I have both colours in the saddle and the MXCD decals on forks. I have a set of Orange Wildgrippers to test out - but I may well opt to go with a more traditional black tread amber wall.
Still to be fitted - the remainder of the XT M739 groupset, Mavic 117 ceramic with hope ti glide and need to locate some nice looking grips to suit.
I'm pleased to have made a start on putting this favourite back together.
more to follow...