Thanks for your insight on the bike. I had no idea what year it was made. It was made in Taiwan.In case you haven't figured it out yet, that's a 1996 Model.
I waited a few years to get mine, being picky about the colors offered until Y2K.
That frameset is highly versatile in that you can easily make it just about anything you want it to be due to the canti mounts and semi-horizontal dropouts.
I haven't decided what I want the bike to be yet. I have Chrome BMX bars with a 6" rise that I took off of my SE OM flyer That I could throw on there for now, Although I kind of like the stock bars. The gears will probably stay, but the twist shifter has to go. What type of shifter would be best for this, thumb shifter?