Trying to get there
I am just going to write this post as if it hasn't been almost two months since my last update. Here it goes...
After many "you can DO IT" conversations from friends, relatives, and people on the forums, I became convinced that I could fix the head tube of the Minsk myself. The plan was to cut off the metal strap that had been welded around the front of the head tube, clean everything up, then try to pound it back into shape with a mallet, then weld a new strap back on. Then I would be able to fill the imperfections with JB Weld or something similar. Surely, this would work.
Beginning to cut the strap off
This is where it all went down the drain... When I cleaned it all up, I could see that it was much worse than I realized. Several major cracks, and worse, a huge ledge that had been sort of forged into the inside of the neck by the O.D. of the race.
I tried to tap on it with a hammer a bit, but I could tell that the cracks were only going to get worse, and I was not going to be able to undo that ledge. So the frame is back over at Motolab with Derek, and he is going to... Do something. I'll keep you all updated, and annoy Derek by following him around with a camera and asking stupid questions.
'75 XS650, '77 KE100, 19xx Minsk, '01 F650GS Dakar, '77 Scirocco, '84 Jetta GLI 16v, '88 GLI 16v, '07 Sprinter CDI, '08 Sloan Kwik Load, 85 245Ti, '69 Westfalia, '91 Range Rover Classic, '04 VW Phaeton, '80 242DL, '74 Alfa Romeo Spider, '84 K30, and probably some others that I can't remember right now.
I probably hate you.