So what to do?
Anyway, I called Cycleart about getting a paint job on the Bianchi I found, aside from pretty severe sticker shock (300 complete).. I got to talking with a really friendly gentleman there who discused some issues that plague older frames. Now, I'm not calling him a liar, or anything, but I'm a bit skeptical. So turn to my resources here:
He said that often when you put a different sized hub on the bike, esp when it's concerned with smaller widths, a bike frame can experience failures because of the "squeezing" in of the rear drop outs. He said he's seen numerous frames with this issue. Part of the service he provides includes correcting the frame for a better grab on the axle width (smaller if need be or larger).
I know I've simplfied this, but I'd like to know if anyone has had these problems, or if it's just an issue that is rare, but something that should be addressed at his level of "touch" on the bike.