Good spotting & naming the Rhino OSdude.
It's a shame that the bike was nothing near what the seller claimed it to be , I hope the lesson wasn't too costly &
you can make something useful out of it , azza9.
Everyone wants to make a great score , good trade or unearth something really cool , my rant below might be of some use....
Frame-Spotting made easy.
In order to confirm or deny the epic story told behind a genuine factory special , rarity or "1 of 3 frames ever made" etc etc BITD , _always_ look for the serial number stamped into it or complete lack of serial number on the frame.
ie: I have a Tim Judge Thruster frame , made by Rocket Industries , distinct design features , nice looking welds & no serial numbers stamped anywhere into the frame.
According to Tim Judge there was _one_ TJ Replica Frame that came out of Rocket Industries that has a T stamped out of the plate behind the bottom bracket instead of the usual O cutout on my frame here.
On the other end of the stamped serial number spectrum......I've seen a few "001" or odd Serial Numbers that prove a bike frame to be considered rare or special , this one looks too good to be true...
Sloppy Photo but it reads
I have plenty of documentation to prove the SN is legit & chain of custody over the years plus plenty of cool stories of the frames adventures. I put the bike together in late 1981 & it has never been completely stripped back down to the bare frame that was given to me , plenty of part swapping & repairs on this bike over the years
When buying anything pay the money for what can be proved & documented , lest ye get lulled into the sea by the sweet songs the siren is singing.