Y'know, I think I have seen that, but didn't think to try it here... I think I'll give it a go today.... But I stiil feel like the bigger problem is the stem's clamp in terms of lateral size, not so much the diameter.... Could be worth a try; I don't see how opening the clamp wider could hurt....
**EDIT**Update: I got it in there, but it was a shameful ordeal, and I gouged up the bars a little bit. (Stress risers? I'm trying to make this a stress-free build, in both a literal and pun-style sense of the term.) Plus, I'm pretty sure that dime is no longer suitable as legal tender, which essentially means I've committed a federal offense. =P But, it' looking pretty hott**, and as I sat astride it (with no cranks and deflated tires, mind you) the fit seems exactly right to me.
So, I'm thinking the original elephant grey paint with (mostly intact!) yellow/pink decals is a nice start; probably going to hang silver components, black tubus racks, navy bags/saddle/bar-tape. So, biggest dilemma now is: what color housing? Pink to pick up the decals, or something more understated (grey or silver)?
**Drop bars on stems with a positive rise never look quite right to me, but the look has grown on me, mostly decause of the first round of drop-bar MTBs. again, I'm mostly making a tourish thing, but it may see some trails from time to time as well.