Here's the set up...
I have an old A0-8, and the cotters and three pin crankset (as cool as they look) are getting very old and clunky and I want to replace the spindle with one that would accommodate cotterless cranks.
I want to do this only because of availability of parts. I LOVE cotters and three pin chainrings, but I find myself appalled by how much these components can cost for this sort of bike. I trust that I can score some cheapo parts for it, but I want clean, beautiful chrome, not some pitty, rusted out stuff that I see on ebay. That kind of stuff is $100+ especially if I want French components.
I would gladly accept suggestions on either how to replace the spindle (more specifically what kind of spindle I would need-sizes, diameter ect) or, if there is a place somewhere on this good green earth where I can acquire reasonable cottered, three pin cranksets. (i have all of the tools to service them too-press and extra cotters )
Really, at this point I will take any and all advice as long as it will contribute to a more beautiful, functional bike.