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    1984 Vitus 979 Restoration

    So here are a few pictures of my badly stored Vitus restoration. I built this bike from the frame up back in 84. I put about 125 to 150,000 miles on it before I hung it up in my cellar in 1999 - 2000 for storage. I brought up all of my bikes after I restored My Klein and Specialized S-works MTB's in order to undo the damage from humidity.
    Here is what I have to work with.... Here is the frame....
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    After much elbow grease polishing up the frame I decided to replace the 979 decals. I bought a complete set of decals for the frame and also had a set of decals made to replace the black Mavic decals.....1984 Vitus 979 Restoration-img_6.jpg1984 Vitus 979 Restoration-img_7.jpg1984 Vitus 979 Restoration-img_8.jpg1984 Vitus 979 Restoration-img_9.jpg1984 Vitus 979 Restoration-img_10.jpg1984 Vitus 979 Restoration-img_11.jpg1984 Vitus 979 Restoration-img_12.jpg

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    a good start.

    looking forward to better pics wih less clutter and more natural light.
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    Nice! What parts are on the menu for this build?

    Mine has been neglected as far as getting road time.

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    Man, working on your bike in the living room? Wow, that would never fly at home!
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    Yeah, the bike is indeed being put back together in the living room. That is because the back room shop is dedicated to stringed instrument repair and restoration. I am temporarily using my dirty bench for the parts restoration and then assembling the bike in the living room.
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    Started restoring the Mavic SSC gruppo before reassembly. Here are the Simplex shifters before and after a run through the ultrasonic cleaner....
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    So, after the shifters the bottom bracket & crankset where next. Se even though I have the Mavic mechanics toolkit I chose not to disassemble the bottom bracket as the sealed bearings felt fine.
    I did remove the chainrings from the crank and did run all of the parts through the ultrasonic. I replaced the silver alloy chainring bolts that where on the crank with black ones as that is what was originally on the crank.
    I thank God I did so!
    Turns out apparently when I replaced the original broken bolts I used 6mm bolts for a track bike!!!! Only took 3/4 of a turn to lock down the silver bolts!
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    cool project, nice work...
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    Unfortunately I did not take a picture of the front derailleur before I started cleaning it. The steel parts where badly rusted and I decided after running it through the ultrasonic I would just get a replacement....
    Here are the two derailleurs side by side and the newer one on the bike.
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    Love it!
    Great project and bike. I'm loving the SSC components - gorgeous!!!!

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    You are going to have a very unique bike here. It would be fun to roll up with this on a club ride and drop some folks on plastic bikes. Very cool

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    The rear derailleur survived storage in much better shape and basically needed a good cleaning. The beauty of the Mavic SSC gruppo is that both the front and rear derailleur are totally modular and can be completely disassembled in order to replace parts. I disassembled the rear derailleur, cleaned the parts and then lubricated and reassembled it.
    Here is the parallelogram.....
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    And here is the complete derailleur. I replaced the jockey pulleys with BBB BDP-01 Rollerboys pulleys....
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    Quote Originally Posted by los83 View Post
    Started restoring the Mavic SSC gruppo before reassembly. Here are the Simplex shifters before and after a run through the ultrasonic cleaner....
    Finest shift levers ever.

    And the rest of the bike is quite nice too.
    Too old to ride plastic

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    And now to the brakes....
    They were completely disassembled, run through the ultrasonic and the reassembled. When I first built the bike in 1984 I modified Campagnolo Super Record pads to replace the sinterized pads that came with the gruppo. They are now petrified rocks and needed to go......
    The brake on the left is after cleaning and the brake on the right is what I had to work with.....
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    So not being satisfied with the condition of the tire guides and the rubber bumpers for the quick releases I went and got donor brakes from eBay....
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    This was the right call as here are the old and replacement guides AFTER going through ultrasonic cleaning.
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    I ordered Kool Stop Salmons for the replacement brake pads. After installing them the final assembly of the brakes went forward.....
    And here is how they came out!
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    So after 5-1/2 weeks of work this is where it its at....
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    Beautiful work!

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    Excellent!!!
    Some Mavic pedals to round it out?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kuma601 View Post
    Excellent!!!
    Some Mavic pedals to round it out?
    I do have them here and will restore them as part of this project but I switched to clipless pedals back in the early nineties as evidenced by the Time Titanium Magnesiums in the bike in the first picture.
    I am putting Time Xpresso 6's on the bike as the bearings in the Titans are completely shot.The pedal bodies also are showing 100,000 miles plus of wear and I do not think trying to rebuild them is worth it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by los83 View Post
    I do have them here and will restore them as part of this project but I switched to clipless pedals back in the early nineties as evidenced by the Time Titanium Magnesiums in the bike in the first picture.
    I am putting Time Xpresso 6's on the bike as the bearings in the Titans are completely shot.The pedal bodies also are showing 100,000 miles plus of wear and I do not think trying to rebuild them is worth it.
    There were Mavic branded Look Delta pedals in the mid 80's, but good luck finding a pair that aren't worn out.
    Too old to ride plastic

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    Almost a carbon copy of my look kg86 I finished for Eroica last year.. nice work!
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