Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Picked up this wartime CWC cycle truck frame at Copake this spring. I'm guessing that I started pulling it apart in June. The stem would not budge from the fork. There was evidence that someone else had tried to separate them earlier. Tried all kinds of penetrants, literally. Heated it, as best I could, a couple of times. Left it alone to soak for weeks & even a month between poundings & vibration with a hammer drill. Sacrificed five bolts & washers to preserve the stem. Finally, yesterday as I was using the hammer drill, again, I began to see minuscule bubbles forming where the stem goes into the fork. It was filled with K-1 and automatic transmission fluid. A couple of taps & a twist with an old handlebar & it moved, finally.