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The welding damage to the lower stays has pretty much toasted that frame. I sure wouldn't trust it as it is.
If you're good and don't mind the repair work you COULD find a donor frame and use some of the metal to braze on long patches over the weld damaged areas. Or perhaps even change out the lower stays alltogether. But this is only worth it if the frame really has some fairly highly significant sentimental value. As it sits now it's trash bin material.
Hitting DOWN on the stem isn't how to get it out. The steel wedge is stuck in there at least and hitting down on the stem is just jamming the stem in all that much harder. You want to hit it UP and out after removing the stem bolt. Then dribble in some penetrating oil or spray in some WD40 and let it sit overnight. At the same time once you have the stem out and the headset nuts off the upper part of the headset you should be able to pull the fork out.
If the aluminium of the stem has corroded into place in the fork steerer then you've got a problem. But again hit the joint with penetrating oil and let sit overnight. You may be able to tap it upwards and then twist it out.
Last edited by BCRider; 08-06-08 at 01:53 AM.