For my first foray into frame building/modifying, I'd like to convert the rear dropouts on an old cro-moly frame to track ends. I've been practicing my brazing technique and have already performed a satisfactory repair on a cracked seatstay-seatcluster joint, so I think I'm capable of doing this conversion. I'm thinking I'll either buy the Henry James Conversion dropouts for $20 a pair, or buy some 3/16" cro-moly plate and make them myself. Either way my question is this: Once the new dropouts are brazed to the frame, they are essentially annealed (if I make my own dropouts then I'll be starting with annealed material anyway). So do the dropouts require any hardening/heat treatment afterward? Sorry if this is a stupid question I just don't want to make anything unsafe. Thanks.
Soft dropouts is fine, you want them soft so they can be coldset without cracking. No worry about strength.
Thanks for clearing that up, nessism.