I am reviving my buddies 1985 Pinarello Montello and having one hell of a time. The previous dude who tuned it up did a number - brake pads reversed, brake cables going to derailleurs, shifter cables going to brakes, insane amount of ooozing red lube coming out everywhere.
Now the current problem. I noticed the 3TTT quill stem has no bolt in it. Also, the quill stem seems to be totally froze to the fork. Looking from the bottom up I can see the nute wedged and stuck. Someone must have tried to unscrew the bolt and the nut dropped and they couldn't get the bolt out and so they leaved it.
So, how can I get this stem out? I have tried putting lots of WD-40 where the quill meets the fork. Nothing. I tried the boiling water method to try to expand it and see if that cracks the seal. Nothing. Any other ideas?
Alternatively, should I just leave it stuck without the bolt and let him ride it that way. It isn't coming loose now. It doesn't need adjustment.
Thanks in advance for your input.