The old spiel from the original post
Caught this on ebay and as the week passed became quite smitten by it, always fancied something older and liked the colour of this as well as slowly finding my favourite bikes tend to be steel. Quite chuffed when I got it not quite as bad as the description stated(needed a respray) and came with an XT headset, BB and rear Ubrake. Also a nice touch was the stem with the hollow bolt and roller and bottle mounts
this turned out to be short lived mind as when I put the bars in it was obvious that the stem was twisted, you can see in one of the pics.
Plans are still in flux, reckon it'll be a cheap rebuild and ride but, really tempted to go the whole hog. Maybe ride it for a while and decide. Anyway slow winter project so plenty can change
Gonna try to fix the stem too, I'll blast it and heat it, try to pull it back into shape. Its too nice a touch to consign to the bin. Also daj has gave me a nice set of wheels which need rebuilding should suit the build down to the ground.
Please feel free to give me your opinions
New pics, more or less finished since this was taken, just to clean, touch up, polish and lub.
Couple more pics just waiting for a chainset to provide me with some bio pace rings, hoping to pick up some XT pedals too at some point.