A quick recap:
O I bought the bike in 2012 in a very poor state, mainly on the basis I paid about the same for it as the XT rear mech was worth.
O I took it for a quick spin and liked the feel of it, despite the fact it was in a barely rideable state so decided I'd see what could do with it.
O Stripping it down, the instant concern was the sheared off seat post. On the plus side, this gave me a chance to try out the caustic soda method of removal, made even easier by the fact it required repainting anyway.
O Next it went to the powdercoaters. Maybe I should have masked it myself, but they were recommended and had done loads of bikes. Anyway, it wasn't great and I had to clean out some of them threads.
O Even worse, a ding had appeared in the top tube. It's barely noticeable, but I was (and still am) very unhappy about it.
O Getting over that, I decided it would be great to take on holiday to the Isle of Arran a month before I went.
O Quickly solving a few build issues (XT wheel was 130mm, so ended up replacing it with a GT Hadley rear) I was on course to finish it about a week before I was due to leave when disaster struck - I sheared off a canti bolt in one of the studs that had some powdercoat in the thread. I tried to remove it with the techniques suggested with the tools I had at hand, but got nowhere and instead quickly built up the Zaskar to take to Arran.
O So it got shelved for a year until I was going to visit my mum, who lives at a vehicle dismantlers, when I took it with me and my step-father kindly removed the sheared bolt.
O I started building it up, but wasn't happy with the smoothness of the rebuilt bottom bracket, so it got shelved again whilst I looked for another.
O A nice Syncros bottom bracket added and by September 2015 it was all built bar cabling and chain.
O Due to how rarely I have time to work on the bikes and the priority going to work on the ones I need for everyday transport, it remained that was until today, when (after giving up on unsuccessful attempts to get things done on my house) I can finally say it is completed!
A quick photo before a late lunch. I'll try to take it for a quick test ride up the road to see how well setup it is and take some better photos in a bit.