Removing a baulky stem nut on a '60s American middleweight
I'm in the process of refurbishing a late-'60s/early-'70s middleweight American bike for my wife. The one bit that's holding me up is that I can't manage to remove the nut at the top of the neck. I've tried soaking it with Liquid Wrench, I've tried heating it up with a propane torch, I've offered it cookies, I've threatened it with a turkey baster. Nothing.
I don't suppose that stem nuts were ever reverse-threaded, were they? Any suggestions?
Stem nut or headset nut? If it is the headset nut, reinstall the handlebars and stem, they give you a lot more leverage. PB Blaster works a lot better too. So try some of that, you can find PB Blaster at Walmart or Big Lots cheap.