I picked up a ~73 Liberia on Craigslist for 60 dollars. The Previous owner got it at goodwill for much cheaper (I only found the price tag AFTER I got it home), which looks to have been someones loved bike..or it was just victim typical Simplex plastic that broke after a few years. First glance, I notice the first gen Dura-Ace shifters, FD and Crane RD. If I recall correctly, Shimano did a whole "Bird" Naming scheme and crane was the highest, then switched to Dura Ace.
Back to the story.
I get it home, and start the tear down. The bearings all spin smooth, and the grease looks to be recently serviced... odd. New brake pads...even the leather saddle is in good condition. I get to the stem and bars, and I notice a small script.. Cinelli.. Okay... Cinelli 1a stem, with Campion Del Mondo bars. I was thinking that this is going to be a flipper bike, so I am going to hang onto those. A few days later, I picked up an incomplete box of Suntour Sprint stuff for $25.00, and in the mix, is a black stem. I figure, well, it's a stem, I have some spare bars, so I'll just pop it in, and then worry about the cinelli stuff later.
As I'm putting it together, I cant find any markings, except a small NITTO and some measurements, deep into the stem. It has a unique clamp, with a nut on the top of the stem, instead of the usual underneath style. I couldnt find it on VeloBase, and nothing on ebay.
On to the pictures!