I bought a secondhand Basso racer in the late 80's and rode it for years. Later, while on the STP, (Seattle To Portland) the chain stay broke at the drop out. I took the frame to R&E Cycles in Seattle and while they fixed the frame, I had them put braze-ons for a proper rear rack. I was thinking that the old steel, lugged-framed Basso would make a great rando bike.
When I got it back from the shop, I stripped the frame, put on a coat of primer and applied a rattle can paint job. Since I had a new Lemond, I gave the Basso to my Son in law, Will, and it's proved to be a great rando rider.
If I were going to do this build today, I'd do a few things differently, but on the whole, I'm happy with the way the old Basso turned out.