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    Frame ID... Aero shifters, nice seat cluster, understated clean lug work.

    I like the frame, what I can see of it. Any ideas about who might have built this frame? Shimano parts, no idea what's original.
    Regards, Eric. (I gotta stop looking).
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    The shifters on top of the downtube are certainly a clue. I think Miyata and others used these. Japanese frame is probably certain. Someone more up on these than me should be along shortly.

    Does look like a nice one!

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    I would think close-ups of dropouts, BB and fork crown would help.
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    shifters on top of the downtube are more of an aid to dating than mfr. they were only around for about one and one half to two years ~1982(iirc).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Homebrew01 View Post
    I would think close-ups of dropouts, BB and fork crown would help.
    Yeah, they probably would. But these are all I can get. I know it ain't much to go on.

    Was hoping someone would recognize the seat cluster, though it does look cast, not hand made. The lug filing does look like it was done by hand to me. Maybe wishful thinking.

    The bottom tang of the seat lug looks especially long to me, hoping that it might be a clue.
    Last edited by Last ride 76; 12-20-14 at 11:07 AM. Reason: a little more info

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    Can you get the serial number?
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    Quote Originally Posted by John E View Post
    Can you get the serial number?
    Nope, you got what I got, for now.

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    top of the tube shifter .. Sun Tour? 80's Japan contract build ?, IDK who Importer is , or their Trade Name.

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    Quote Originally Posted by juvela View Post
    shifters on top of the downtube are more of an aid to dating than mfr. they were only around for about one and one half to two years ~1982(iirc).
    I had an 87-ish Miyata 710 with them.

    Looks like a nice frame. Lugs seem more elongated than what I've seen on off-the-shelf Japanese stuff, also I agree they seem very nicely finished. The Japanese frames I've had have been well made, but with a very machine-made look. The ones shown seem of a different level than that (I'm comparing to Miyata 710, Centurion Ironman, Panasonic DX-3000 & 4000).

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    The lugs and seat cluster reminds me of the Lotus Legend.

    But not sure...

    Update:

    How about a 1984 Lotus Classique?

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