I picked this pretty white Peugeot Mixte frame out of the pile at the local bike coop. It's a very neat looking frame, and I though I could make something kinda nifty out of it to sell in the spring fundraiser. Unfortunately it's fighting me all the way. someone had jammed a too big stem in with so much force that I had to cut it off, and am now trying to cut it out of the fork from the inside, what a pain.
The other frog specific problem is just as vexing. I was able to get the bottom bracket out, but was unable to get the drive side of the crank off the spindle (cotter bent over), so the drive side cup is trapped until I manage to cut the crank off the spindle. I think I should be able to use an italian spindle with the french cups. I would be even happier to discover I could use any italian threaded BB, but I figure it's almost certainly french considering the stem diameter is clearly french. I'm planning to use a square taper instead of cottered cranks.
So I guess the specific questions are this: Any suggestions for getting the end of that stem out? I've already cut a ways through it from the inside with a hacksaw, but it's still not budging, and I'm nervous about cutting into the fork tube. Any insight into getting a square taper bottom bracket to work with or without the original cups. Any other advice or ideas about working with french frames that I might be overlooking are also welcome. Thanks
(Cross posted to Mechanics forum)