I stopped into my favorite LBS today shopping for some parts for the frame I'm building. The owner and I have gotten along great the last few years and we often talk "shop" when traffic is slow.
Somehow we got to talking tubing and the next thing I know the owner was off to rummage in his back room.
He came out with a Schwinn Tempo frame. He said it had never been ridden because the shop had received it with the hole in the brakestay set at the wrong angle so that the rear brake did not touch the braking surface of the rim at the correct angle. Here's a closeup showing the problem:
The owner handed it to me and said I could have it if I wanted it.
I was nearly giddy as I tossed it on the seat of my truck and raced home.
There is no rust and no dents on the frame. Unfortunately the paint has a lot of chips and shopwear from things rubbing against it over the last 20 years.
Lucky for me that brake stays are the easiest part of a frame to repair. I'll post pics tomorrow of that project.