I had posted about this frame when I first won it but figured now that I have it I mind as well make it official with a project thread. Anyways, I won this frame a little over a week ago, I'm told that it is a ~1974 Gios Torino Super Record that was professionally repainted and had new decals put on it saving me a ton of work, figured it was a no-brainer for a little over $300 + shipping.
I just got this frame in the mail today, looking it over I'm very impressed with the paint job, looks like they sand blasted it (I need to take the air compressor to it since there's still a bunch of grit in it) and then painted it with careful care to detail, I couldn't find any imperfections in the paint itself. The decals look good with the exception of a small bubble in the decal under the down tube, looks like he didn't quite line it up correctly. The chrome fork also looks to be in great condition. The only thing I noticed is in the top tube, it looks like there are several incredibly small indents in the steel under the paint on the non-drive side of the top tube. You can't even see it unless you get the bike in the perfect lighting and you can feel them slightly feel them if you run your finger across the TT. I tried to take pictures of them but I couldn't get them to show up in the photos. This worries me a bit but if it is in fact a 1974 I suppose it would have a few small imperfections to it?? Should I be worried? The frame weighs in at 1880kg and the fork at 700kg.
Now, as to the year of this frame? After doing some research and thanks to some others here it looks very similar to the 1970s frames (http://bulgier.net/pics/bike/Catalogs/gios-large/2.jpg), but after seeing an auction on ebay for a 90s Gios Evolution I'm getting a tad worried as it also looks similar (http://cgi.ebay.com/beautiful-GIOS-T...QQcmdZViewItem). So between the tiny indents in the top tube and this ebay auction I've become a little worried, so please help me identify this frame. Also, one thing I've noticed that may help is that top tube does not have any brake cable hangers which leads me to believe that it is in fact an older frame.
I'm planning on either using Super Record or Nuevo Record components, if I can ever figure out the actual year since I'd like to make the components on this as accurate as possible. I already have a Brooks Swift I'm planning on putting on it
Anyways, here's a bunch of pics, hope they help: