Monday, January 15, 2024

Joel's Fuji Finest Restoration

This is the a Fuji Finest restoration for Joel.  The early Fuji Finest is one of my favorites.  The Fuji came as a frame and components with out wheels.   For people in my area you might remember Chris Cycle on the north side of Liberty, Chris Cycle is where the Fuji was found.  I miss Chris Cycles, it was a great store and a really nice guy. 

The Fuji Finest is in great starting condition, it mainly has storage wear which can sometimes be worse than heavy use.  Storage dust can etch the alloy and roughen up the paint.  The paint doesn't have many chips which is great and the decals are in fantastic shape.

The Fuji needs wheels, What we did was take Campagnolo hubs that are laced to old sew up tire rims and I will lace the hubs to new Velo-Orange rims, should be a great set of wheels for the Fuji.

The Fuji will receive a complete restoration along with the wheel build, new tires and tubes, new handlebar tape, new cables and housings and new handlebar tape.   


Joel's Fuji Finest Restoration - Bicycle Before

Joel's Fuji Finest Restoration - Bicycle Before

Joel's Fuji Finest Restoration - Bicycle Before

Joel's Fuji Finest Restoration - Bicycle Before

Joel's Fuji Finest Restoration - Bicycle Before
Head Tube

Joel's Fuji Finest Restoration - Bicycle Before
Front Brake Caliper

Joel's Fuji Finest Restoration - Bicycle Before

Joel's Fuji Finest Restoration - Bicycle Before
Shift Levers

Joel's Fuji Finest Restoration - Bicycle Before

Joel's Fuji Finest Restoration - Bicycle Before

Joel's Fuji Finest Restoration - Bicycle Before

Joel's Fuji Finest Restoration - Bicycle Before

Joel's Fuji Finest Restoration - Bicycle Before
Sugino Crank

Joel's Fuji Finest Restoration - Bicycle Before

Joel's Fuji Finest Restoration - Bicycle Before

Joel's Fuji Finest Restoration - Bicycle Before

The Fuji broken down to the frame shows the paint solid with some staining and marks around component mounting areas.  The decals are great and the head badge is one of my favorites ever.

Joel's Fuji Finest Restoration - Frame Before

Joel's Fuji Finest Restoration - Frame Before

Joel's Fuji Finest Restoration - Frame Before

Joel's Fuji Finest Restoration - Frame Before

Joel's Fuji Finest Restoration - Frame Before

Joel's Fuji Finest Restoration - Frame Before

Joel's Fuji Finest Restoration - Frame Before

Joel's Fuji Finest Restoration - Frame Before

Joel's Fuji Finest Restoration - Frame Before

Joel's Fuji Finest Restoration - Frame Before

Joel's Fuji Finest Restoration - Frame Before

Joel's Fuji Finest Restoration - Frame Before

Joel's Fuji Finest Restoration - Frame Before

Joel's Fuji Finest Restoration - Frame Before

Joel's Fuji Finest Restoration - Frame Before

Joel's Fuji Finest Restoration - Frame Before

Joel's Fuji Finest Restoration - Fork Before

Joel's Fuji Finest Restoration - Fork Before

Joel's Fuji Finest Restoration - Fork Before

Joel's Fuji Finest Restoration - Fork Before

Joel's Fuji Finest Restoration - Fork Before

Joel's Fuji Finest Restoration - Fork Before

The frame took a good deal of cleaning and polishing.  I worked through the polishing grits and I am thrilled with the results.  White paint I find one of the more difficult colors to polish but between the before and after photos you can really see just how bright the frame is now.  Again, very happy.

Joel's Fuji Finest Restoration - Frame Polished

Joel's Fuji Finest Restoration - Frame Polished

Joel's Fuji Finest Restoration - Frame Polished

Joel's Fuji Finest Restoration - Frame Polished

Joel's Fuji Finest Restoration - Frame Polished

Joel's Fuji Finest Restoration - Frame Polished

Joel's Fuji Finest Restoration - Frame Polished

Joel's Fuji Finest Restoration - Frame Polished

Joel's Fuji Finest Restoration - Frame Polished

Joel's Fuji Finest Restoration - Frame Polished

Joel's Fuji Finest Restoration - Frame Polished

Joel's Fuji Finest Restoration - Frame Polished

Joel's Fuji Finest Restoration - Fork Polished

Joel's Fuji Finest Restoration - Fork Polished

Joel's Fuji Finest Restoration - Fork Polished

Joel's Fuji Finest Restoration - Fork Polished

Joel's Fuji Finest Restoration - Fork Polished

Joel's Fuji Finest Restoration - Fork Polished

The Fuji has a very nice headset and a great bottom bracket.  Headsets with loose bearings are not my favorite to repack but it spins great now.  I soaked the components in the crock pot and then worked through the polishing wheels.  Complete the headset and bottom bracket look great!

Joel's Fuji Finest Restoration
Headset & Bottom Bracket Before


Joel's Fuji Finest Restoration
Headset Bearings

Joel's Fuji Finest Restoration
Headset & Bottom Bracket Polished

Joel's Fuji Finest Restoration
Bearings Packed

Joel's Fuji Finest Restoration
Headset Cups Pressed

Joel's Fuji Finest Restoration
Headset Complete

Joel's Fuji Finest Restoration
Headset Complete

Joel's Fuji Finest Restoration
Bottom Bracket Complete

Joel's Fuji Finest Restoration
Headset & Bottom Bracket Complete

The handlebars and stem are very cool, both are Nitto.  It took some soaking to get the last of the foam grips of and then polishing.  The stem I love and it polished beautifully, the handlebars polished nicely and I love the Nitto stamping on them.  AT this time I also cleaned and polished the brake levers.  Looking great at this point!

Joel's Fuji Finest Restoration - Handlebars & Stem
Before

Joel's Fuji Finest Restoration
Handlebars Before

Joel's Fuji Finest Restoration
Brake Levers Before

Joel's Fuji Finest Restoration
Brake Lever Before

Joel's Fuji Finest Restoration
Stem & Handlebars Before

Joel's Fuji Finest Restoration
Handlebars Before

Joel's Fuji Finest Restoration
Stem Before

Joel's Fuji Finest Restoration
Stem Before

Joel's Fuji Finest Restoration
Stem Before

Joel's Fuji Finest Restoration - Brake Levers
Before

Joel's Fuji Finest Restoration - Brake Levers
Before

Joel's Fuji Finest Restoration - Handlebars & Stem
Polished

Joel's Fuji Finest Restoration - Handlebars
Polished

Joel's Fuji Finest Restoration - Stem Polished

Joel's Fuji Finest Restoration - Stem Polished

Joel's Fuji Finest Restoration - Brake Levers
Polished

Joel's Fuji Finest Restoration - Stem & Handlebars
Complete

Joel's Fuji Finest Restoration - Stem & Handlebars
Complete

Joel's Fuji Finest Restoration
Handlebars & Brake Levers Complete

Joel's Fuji Finest Restoration - Stem & Handlebars
Complete

The crank is a beautiful Sugino.  The Crank had a factory finish I wanted to save so I couldn't use the polishing wheels on it.  A deep cleaning and then some time very lightly hand polishing the components and the crank is like new!

Joel's Fuji Finest Restoration - Crank Before

Joel's Fuji Finest Restoration - Crank Before

Joel's Fuji Finest Restoration - Crank Polished

Joel's Fuji Finest Restoration - Crank Complete

Joel's Fuji Finest Restoration
Crank Complete

Joel's Fuji Finest Restoration - Crank Complete

The Fuji has a great Sun Tour Rear derailleur, I love these derailleurs, they are practically bulletproof.  Some time cleaning and polishing and the derailleurs turned out beautiful.  With all the pivot points oiled the derailleurs work just as well as they look.

Joel's Fuji Finest Restoration
Rear Derailleur Before

Joel's Fuji Finest Restoration - Derailleur Before

Joel's Fuji Finest Restoration
Rear Derailleur Before

Joel's Fuji Finest Restoration
Rear Derailleur Polished

Joel's Fuji Finest Restoration - Rear Derailleur
Complete

Joel's Fuji Finest Restoration
Rear Derailleur Complete

Joel's Fuji Finest Restoration - Front Derailleur
Before

Joel's Fuji Finest Restoration - Front Derailleur
Before

Joel's Fuji Finest Restoration - Front Derailleur
Before

Joel's Fuji Finest Restoration - Front Derailleur
Polished

Joel's Fuji Finest Restoration - Front Derailleur
Polished

Joel's Fuji Finest Restoration - Front Derailleur
Polished

Joel's Fuji Finest Restoration
Front Derailleur Complete

Standard center pull Dia-Compe brake calipers.  I broke the calipers down and started the cleaning and polishing.  The calipers turned out beautiful and look great, new brake pads will having them functioning well.  The calipers installed you can really see how bright and polished the frame is, a great look all together!

Joel's Fuji Finest Restoration - Brake Calipers
Before

Joel's Fuji Finest Restoration - Brake Calipers
Before

Joel's Fuji Finest Restoration - Brake Calipers
Polished

Joel's Fuji Finest Restoration - Brake Calipers
Complete

Joel's Fuji Finest Restoration
Front Brake Caliper Complete

Joel's Fuji Finest Restoration
Rear Brake Caliper Complete

Seat post is a Campagnolo inspired one with one of my favorite seat binder bolt and hanger.  Polished everything looks good!

Joel's Fuji Finest Restoration - Cable Hanger
Before

Joel's Fuji Finest Restoration - Seat Post Before

Joel's Fuji Finest Restoration - Seat Post Polished

Joel's Fuji Finest Restoration
Seat Post Complete

Joel's Fuji Finest Restoration -Cable Hanger
Complete

Joel's Fuji Finest Restoration - Cable Hanger
Complete

Joel's Fuji Finest Restoration
Seat Post Complete

The Suntour ratchet shift levers need a complete disassembly and rebuild, the little ratchet inside the rear lever was not working, it is now.  Installed the levers look fantastic!

Joel's Fuji Finest Restoration - Shift Levers
Before

Joel's Fuji Finest Restoration - Shift Levers
Before

Joel's Fuji Finest Restoration
Shift Levers Before

Joel's Fuji Finest Restoration - Shift Levers
Complete

Joel's Fuji Finest Restoration - Shift Levers
Complete

Joel's Fuji Finest Restoration
Shift Lever Complete

The cable stops where slightly rough, a good cleaning and some time on the polishing wheels and the stops look great!

Joel's Fuji Finest Restoration - Cable Stops
Before

Joel's Fuji Finest Restoration
Cable Stops Polished

Joel's Fuji Finest Restoration
Cable Stop Complete

Joel's Fuji Finest Restoration
Cable Stop Complete

That complete the main components, the frame really looks great polished!

Joel's Fuji Finest Restoration - Main Components
Complete

These are the Campagnolo donor hubs.  I removed them from the old rims and got to work cleaning and polishing the hubs.  The hubs polished just perfect.  New bearings and the hubs will spin perfect!  The wheels will be laced soon.

Joel's Fuji Finest Restoration
Campagnolo Donor Wheel - Before

Joel's Fuji Finest Restoration
Campagnolo Donor Wheel - Before

Joel's Fuji Finest Restoration
Campagnolo Donor Wheel - Before

Joel's Fuji Finest Restoration
Campagnolo Donor Hubs - Before

Joel's Fuji Finest Restoration
Campagnolo Donor Hubs - Before

Joel's Fuji Finest Restoration
Campagnolo Donor Hubs - Before

Joel's Fuji Finest Restoration
Campagnolo Donor Hubs - Before

Joel's Fuji Finest Restoration
Campagnolo Donor Hubs - Before

Joel's Fuji Finest Restoration
Campagnolo Donor Hubs - Before

Joel's Fuji Finest Restoration
Campagnolo Donor Hubs - Polished

Joel's Fuji Finest Restoration
Campagnolo Donor Hubs - Polished

Joel's Fuji Finest Restoration
Campagnolo Donor Hubs Bearing
Packed

Joel's Fuji Finest Restoration
Campagnolo Donor Hubs - Complete

Joel's Fuji Finest Restoration
Campagnolo Donor Hubs - Complete

Joel's Fuji Finest Restoration
Campagnolo Rear Hub Complete

Joel's Fuji Finest Restoration
Campagnolo Front Hub Complete

Joel's Fuji Finest Restoration
Campagnolo Hubs Complete

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