New rule! ok, new rule! there's a reason in the original post I didn't say remove the fork. this is the 3rd bike I've had shipped to me like this. so new rule, LEAVE THE FORK IN THE FRAME!!! always remember the people at the shipping company do not care that your bike is 60-80 years old, they just don't and they throw them around and drop them out of the truck on the ends, and all of the "FRAGILE" stickers you attach mean nothing to them at all, in fact it may even encourage them to handle it rougher.