I am in the process of restoring a Vitus U959 frame. At this point i have everything stripped off the frame except the crank, stem, and fork. The crank need a special tool of some sort and i have talked to a local cycle shop around New Orleans that can take this apart for me. The stem and the crank seem to be frozen together. The stem is aluminum and the fork is steel. Im going to start using some penetrating oil and tapping it once and a while for a few days to see if i can break it loose. But i have read something about aluminum stem and steel forks getting stuck together pretty bad because of the oxidation of the aluminum.
Anyhow, My first question is about the stem and fork. I was wondering if anyone had some tips or tricks that will help me separate the two from each other.
My second question is about the frame construction. I have been looking around the internet but have not really found anything about it. The frame is lugged and im trying to find out if the frame is glued, brazed, epoxied, or something else.
Also, im talking to Renolds about the sticker and getting a replacement for after i get it repainted or powder coated; which leads to my last question. Can i get this frame powder coated or not? I ask because im not sure what holds the bike together so im not sure if i can expose it to the heat of powder coating.
I would like to say... Thanks to all who take the time to read my post and reply with any information to help me out here. Also ill post some photos of the frame.