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Old 09-24-08, 11:03 AM
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Salvaged Frames

I pulled two Trek 520 frames out the scrap metal pile at my brother in laws house yesterday both look like they are in fairly decent shape. Most parts are there except the wheels,and one was missing the handle bars and seat post. What do I look for to make sure they are not rusted internally from being outside for almost a year. Thanks for any information you guys can provide.
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dude -- check your stuff with a flashlight--- pull the bottom brackets out-- take the forks offand
check the steer tube--- big difference between rusted shut by the beach stuff and surface rust..
make sure nothing is bent-- der hanger etc forks stays-- good bikes and good luck
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Likely there will be some rust inside the tubes but unless the peek down the seat tube and through the holes in the BB shell show signs of really crusty rust issues then they are fine. But if you're going to restore them to use I'd be sure to check alignment first because they may have been tossed due to collision damage or shipping damage. If they check out and the rust isn't super crusty then soak the tubes with some frame saver, drain and let dry and then repaint the outsides.

Even if it is semi crusty in there give it a treatment with a rust remover and THEN after thorough rinsing to remove the residue give it the frame saver treatment to stop any new rusting.
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