Fat Chance Fan
Bought this the other week, been using it as a commuter but this morning I stripped it all down and was able to better assess the task ahead. The plan is to restore it to its original state, it arrived mostly original but was missing some items.
The saddle is in excellent shape, as are the stem and forks, a few signs of wear, light scuffs etc but overall not too bad. The frame is OK, there are several problem areas but it's all cosmetic, no serious rust, no dents, all the threads are fine. The chainset is in great shape too, I think it's the original seatpost and it's not too shabby, just needs some TLC. Pedals are original and in great nick as are the front and rear derailleurs, although they'll need a good clean and service.
The not so good
I have the original bars but they are in a very sorry state, unless I manage to source a nice replacement then these are going to need a lot of work. The XT headset had been switched for a Ritchey, I've already sorted that. The wheels are also incorrect, I've picked up a set of the original Araya/XT's which are in reasonable shape but will need a bit of a work. The rear cassette will need to be sourced as will a locknut for the bottom bracket, (Please let me know if you have either to spare). I also managed to source a pair of Marin Rockstar tyres in excellent condition as well as brake levers and shifters which in better cosmetic condition than those that came with the bike.
Of course decals will be needed too
First things first - the frame.
Probably the most challenging aspect of this project, what's good is great but what's bad is dreadful. I'm keen to hear from anyone who's had any experience restoring these old zolatone frames, I imagine it's going to be very difficult to replicate that finish convincingly, but maybe I'm wrong about that. As far as options go it's either a touching in job or a complete new paintjob, I'd really like to preserve the paint if possible, but if touching in is going to leave ugly patches then maybe a new coat will give a better end result, keen to hear any opinions on this.