Thanks to a post by Rocket Sauce in the ebay/CL thread, I scored a pretty nice Bianchi (Japanese built) touring bike for my wife. The seller was right around the corner from my house, and it turns out I had met him a couple of years ago at a bike-focused yard sale he was having. Great guy, former mechanic at a reputable area LBS.
Ishiwata double butted tubing throughout, Suntour forged dropouts, and a nearly complete Shimano Arabesque group (the RD was replaced with a modern 8-speed Alivio). Original rack (not sure if Nitto or Blackburn? Is there a way to tell?) Anyway, the Shimano date codes point to 1983. However, I can't find a model name. It is clearly a touring bike, with relaxed angles, long chainstays, original touring rack, and half-step plus granny triple setup. The SKS fenders that came on it are in great shape.
BB spindle is cracked, so it needs that at the very least. Rear hub may be broken, but I won't know until I dismantle it. Other than that, it just needs pedals, saddle, chain, and a good cleanup. The original deep burgandy paint is in surprisingly good shape, and not a bit of rust anywhere.
Here are some more pictures:
Also, what model hubs are these? Does that icon above Shimano indicate the 600 Arabesque group?
I also ended up getting a bunch of other stuff from him. Wonderful guy.
Any ID help on this Bianchi is appreciated! Bianchi girl???