I have a very old (1978?) Kelty external-frame backpack that is still in amazingly pristine, original condition. Has been used v sparingly, and stored most of its life.
I'd like to put it back into service.
Don't even know the capacity of the pack. Medium-Large, I'm guessing. It's red packcloth with a blue lower-center pocket-flap, that's covered by the long top-flap (if nothing is rolled-up into it).
What suggestions do you have for upgrades? The obvious one, is a sternum-strap, if there is one that will adapt. Did not have one, as per original. Are there smaller packs available that can be substituted and mounted on the still almost-perfect frame?
Anyone ever experiment with small clevis-pins instead of those pesky Kelty wire circlips that break your fingernails? Nylon pins would be cool (and not 'squeaky') if they might be available.