Once again I am amazed at the powers of the internet and its forums. Thanks to all who have commented and responded.
Is that a seized alloy stem?
time for the caustic soda...
That rack, and the gusset on the right hand stays, look like they were welded on (badly) by someone else later. Why would a time trial bike have a luggage rack?
Yes it is a seized alloy stem :-( My brother could not remove the stem for shipping so he cut it off.
The rack was braised on in the 1950's while my father was in france. I kind of like it but also know that its not original. I think I will have it removed when I get the frame fixed and painted.
The welding on the dropout was done by a Garage mechanic in the early 1990's to enable my father to continue on the tour he was doing.
With regards to the shopping list, is google my best friend for finding second hand bits and pieces? Or are there better ways of going about it? I have found the appropriate handlebars and stem on these forums, and am just waiting for the seller to PM me back.
Thanks again in advance.