thanks for the info so far everyone, interesting stuff.
In terms of budget, i'd like to not spend much, but on the other hand, if it's going to provide me with a awesome to ride, dead cool bike, that's going to last another 20 years, then i guess a few quid now is pretty insignificant. I was going to judge it as we go along.
In terms of wheels etc, i was thinking along the lines of second hand assembled wheels. I have built wheels in the past for MTB, but i think if i'm realistic, i don't really have the time to get [i]that[/i] stuck into the project.
re: the powder coating: no doubt this will be cheaper, but i'm sceptical that it'd look right. Especially as it has all the detailing around the lugs.
I have a bit of experience with powder coating for other applications, and have found it chips quite easily. Is there any good examples of powder coated frames that i can look at?
The bike has some history behind it....The bike was originally rescued from a house fire back in the 60s. I'm not sure of the history previous to this. Anyway, the bike was then taken to Hinds in Clapham where it received a full refurb, (their sticker is still on the front) and it was used by my dad for decades. In fact, i remember it was his bike when i was a kid in the early 90s. But it's been sitting for the last 15-20years not doing much at all, so all components have rusted/ceased/been broken/worn out/ etc.
Anyway, i think the best thing is to get some pics up later today, and we can take this thread from there. WATCH THIS SPACE
I've half dismantled the bike ready for frame spray. The crankset is causing a few issues at the moment, as all the crank tools i have are for modern MTBs!!