id love to see this built and running in current condition. but not restored if you know what i mean, looks to be great fun.
I am not sure I know what you mean? Just wipe it down and re-assemble as it is? I don't mean to offend the purists but...
I am not sure I want to do that, as there are some bits on this bike which have been bothering me for years (since I got it in 1997).
The rear LHS canti stud has had a botched weld repair underneath (before my time) and is loose. Also there are a few dents in the rear swing arm and the cable guide for the rear dérailleur has fallen off (though I have had it saved in a box for years). Finally the original paint has been rattle can, sprayed red, back in the day to smarten the bike up, but it is now fading and flaking.
The shock spring is also chipped and faded.
I know it would be nice to have the original paint, but that was painted over and dull in 1997.
Then onto the suspension linkages. I replaced the bushes (stock items from the local bearing shop) when I got it but the pivot pins were already sloppy and worn. Sunn back in the 90's and NOW (despite what their website says), don't seem to want to help with support, so I haven't been able to replace them with stock parts. I did machine a few in the 90's, but I did not heat treat them and they were one of my first attempts at lathe work, so they aren't perfect.
I now have access to a full machine shop and will reproduce a couple of sets and harden the steel this time and shim the rear end.
I don't want to change to much and just want to get the bike into the condition I bought it BITD but with decent paint, dent free and with a functional rear end.
This was my first proper DH race bike (I started out fully rigid) and I went to many races and had my best results on this machine. I have had a lot of fun on it just making do with sloppy suspension and crap paint but now I want something better for it.
As a kid I used to draw it in my school books and imagine what it'd be like if it worked properly. I just want to fulfil that childhood dream and ride it again now without breaking it irreparably.
By the way that's not meant to be an abrupt dismissal of anyone else's opinion, I just thought I'd write what/why I am doing what I am with this bike. I am always open to suggestions.
I can post some pictures of it running back in the day though, if I ever get a chance to get home and scan them.