I’ve got the old Trek 420 completely stripped of all its components. The last part that needed removing was one of the rack bolts. It was seized into the frame. I tried everything and had to take the last resort of drilling it out and chasing the threads. That took care of the problem.
I’m going to call around locally to find out what it’d cost to have the frame bead blasted here. I thought about chemical strippers, but this frame has so many nooks and crannies that it would take me forever. If I was going to do a rattlecan paint job on it, I’d probably make the effort. But I’m going to have this frame professionally painted and if I don’t get it, the painter will have to redo it. That would defeat the whole purpose.