So here is the latest... The bolt that held the rear shock in the swingarm was seriously seized...used penetrating oil waiting over night between attempts but the arsing thing would not budge. Smacked it hard...real hard...too hard and the swingarm alloy has cracked!
Luckily I do have the '99 Mount Vision swingarm that can go on it but its not the same design and will look less retro, but will be less likely to crack like the 1st gen ones! As for the forks I have decided I am going to chuck on the Answer Manitou SX Ti ones from the '99 MV on it too as they are performing nicely. The '99 swingarm and forks are (to my taste) unfortunately bright yellow which isn't really my thing. I am thinking i might strip the rear swingarm back to bare metal and I am on the look for some air forks maybe Rockshox SID or similar. Also on the look for an air rear shock probably a fox float something or a rockshox SID again.
I have managed to get some nice M950 8Speed STI gear brake levers and so it looks pretty complete component wise just need to put it all together! Kinda wondering still if the 19" or the 17.5" frame would be best I went for a quick spin on the 19" '99 and it felt fine but the seat was not up that high...
...So want to try the 17.5 before I make a final decision!
Watch this space!