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Barn Find - Early '70's red Masi w full Campy Nuovo Record

Old 09-11-22, 10:02 PM
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Barn Find - Early '70's red Masi w full Campy Nuovo Record

Warning - This thread contains considerable patina. If you require nicely polished components and freshly waxed paint, turn back now. You've been warned!

I happened to come across a great old road bike poking out of a corner at an estate sale. We've all heard stories of "barn finds" but this one really is it. It appears to be an all (or mostly) original 1970's Italian-made Masi, with (almost) full Campagnolo Nuovo Record components. It was thick with grime and cobwebs when I found it, but has since cleaned up well enough to post pictures. Please help me identify the bike and figure out what to do next.

Brian Hovey's website has been invaluable and helped me identify it as most likely an Italian-made Masi from 1972-1974. My cycling era is from about 1987 and later, so please school me on what you know.
Apologies for the extra large pics, but more details are better than too few. Dial-up warning, for anyone still using an AOL.Com connection.
On with the pics!

What's this? A double-plate fork? Campy Nuovo Record brakes?


Could it be an old, red, Masi covered in grime?
It is a 60cm ST x 58cm TT, both c-c. It is way too big for me but I couldn’t just leave it there.


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I cleaned off the grime to get to the bike underneath. Here are some key money shots, with more to come later






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Campagnolo Nuovo

Seems to be full Campagnolo Nuovo Record, with a Patent 72 date on the rear derailleur.
The only non-original parts are an ‘80s 6spd Ultra wheelset, with Japanese hubs.
The steel parts have lots of flash rust, but everything works. Cables pull and derailleurs seemed to move through the gears.



Front derailleur, before the CPSC-mandated "lip". It has Campy pedals.



Campy 2-bolt 27.2 seatpost. No "zigzag" marks on the back, it'll polish up nicely.
Once I untighted the bolt, it extracted easily... not stuck!

The Brooks saddle unfortunately is perished. The leather is zip-tied to the seat carriage.

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Old 09-11-22, 10:14 PM
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Congrats on a great find! The little bits of rust should clean up nicely with a bit of Oxalic acid solution and be touched ua to prevent further rusting but over all a great bike and probably a keeper. Smiles, MH
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Old 09-11-22, 10:19 PM
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Decal ID

Thanks to Brian Hovey's "Masi Bits" page this seems to be an Italian-made Masi from 1972. The Fleur-de-Lis/Serpent with black border (not white) seems to identify it, and the “Patent 72” on RD seems to confirm it.





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That is quite an incredible find and a fantastic piece of cycling history.

Coincidentally a c. 1971 Masi GC in the same size and colour and very similar condition passed through eBay just a few weeks ago. The auction was pretty hotly contested.

Not a frame/bicycle I'd let go were I to fortuitously come across one. Look forward to seeing its progress now it has be debarned.
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I got my twin plate Italian Masi almost exactly 50 years ago. I'm wondering if your wheels are original? I can't tell from the pictures but it looks like they may be clinchers now. My Masi has the month it was made stamped on the steerer. Of course you would have to take the fork off to find out. I'm guessing yours and mine were made about the same time. I vaguely remember that Bob Hovey thought mine was about the earliest town plate Masi he knew about.
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Old 09-12-22, 08:24 AM
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We all dream of finding something like that the way you did.
I would get her working good mechanimechanically and leave all that patina.
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Old 09-12-22, 08:28 AM
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Originally Posted by Doug Fattic View Post
I'm wondering if your wheels are original? I can't tell from the pictures but it looks like they may be clinchers now.
The wheel set and the brake hoods are only items that don’t look original. The wheels are clinchers with Japanese hubs (and ‘80s tires). The brake hoods are gum Weinmann replacements.

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Old 09-12-22, 09:11 AM
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Nice find! As Doug Fattic mentioned, if you remove the fork, the month/year date code should be stamped into the steerer tube.

I’m just now starting to build a ‘71.
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In case you're wondering, it is my size... Anyway what a beautiful find. I love a gentle resto on bikes like this. The scratches tell stories!
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It's my size, too. Is it for sale? :-)
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Just a bit small for me, but I can't afford it anyways. 😟

Great find, congrats! 👍

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That is amazing, what a find. Wouldn't you love to know its history. I wonder how many people looked at it without a clue what it is.
my wife and I go to a lot of "estate sales" ( a term being overused these days) and all we see are Huffys and Walmart junk.
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Here is a picture of my 1972 Italian Masi. Yours and mine must have been made about the same time. I placed it on my Ukrainian laser cut and etched fixture I use for building frames but it also shows me a frame's exact dimensions. I documented mine for my framebuilding colleague Rich Gangl that wanted to duplicate the Masi he 1st raced on back in the 70's. If you look close you can read what the dimensions are on the fixture. One of the interesting features Faliero did was mark the size of the frame on the down tube socket of the BB shell. He measured his frames center to top so they are marked about a cm bigger than if they are measured c to c. Mine is marked V 58. As I have heard but not confirmed, the Roman letter (in my case a V) is a code for where the frame was made. Apparently faliero used subcontractors to make his Masis in different cities. They weren't all made under the vigorelli in Milan.

By the way my top tube slopes uphill by 6mm. A group of us Masi owners got to measuring how level our top tubes were and discovered variation. Before I went to England to learn how to build frames, I very carefully measured my seat tube to top tube angle at 73.5º and my head tube at 74º. I didn't realize the top tube wasn't level so in fact the 1st frame I made wasn't an exact copy of my Masi since it really has a 72.5º seat angle to the ground with a 73º head tube.

You might want to check with the estate to see if the original wheels are still around. Mine were 32 hole 3 cross tied and soldered.


Decoding the dimensions of my 1972 Italian Masi on my Ukrainian fixture.


Where the frame size and code for where the frame was made located on the down tube socket.
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Great find Guerc! Looking forward to more pics of the gentle restoration. Awesome bike!

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Nice bike. I look forward to updates. If it were me , I would get it road worthy and ride it . If it is any consolation , it is in way better shape than my ItalVega was when I found
it . It took me a year to get it road worthy (off and on). When I am pedaling along , I think about how it was worth it. Of course it is not the same level of value of your Masi , but still......


This is how I found it . Outside in a field in Moro Bay California
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Nice bike. I look forward to updates. If it were me , I would get it road worthy and ride it . If it is any consolation , it is in way better shape than my ItalVega was when I found
it . It took me a year to get it road worthy (off and on). When I am pedaling along , I think about how it was worth it. Of course it is not the same level of value of your Masi , but still......
Beautiful!
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Incredible! Awesome find!!! I'm excited for you!
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Beautiful!
Wow, excellent work and should be inspirational to the OP!

OP, can you show a closeup of that big rust spot on the top tube? I'd want to do a strip and re-paint simply to make sure I'm not missing hidden rust.
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Beautiful!
Wow, excellent work and should be inspirational to the OP!

OP, can you show a closeup of that big rust spot on the top tube? I'd want to do a strip and re-paint simply to make sure I'm not missing hidden rust.
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Holimoli!!! This is awesome
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When Carlsbad started the product sheet called the color Orange-Red. Color got darker later in the 80's. and moved again, closer to Red, but still with yellow and black mixed in.

This should be a good project. I vote early 1972 or very late 1971. The fork steerer should tell the tale.
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Holy "Breaking Away," Batman, although his was late, instead of early, 1970s.
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Originally Posted by Guerc View Post
The steel parts have lots of flash rust, but everything works. Cables pull and derailleurs seemed to move through the gears.
Its too bad bike and component manufacturers were too cheap to use quality chrome plating or better yet stainless steel
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