I hope the damage is actually the "seat tube" and not the down tube. If the damage is the seat tube there is a fix-it available for that. A slide-hammer-like tool can be used to reshape the tube with respectable results without disturbing the paint.
If you need the service let me know and I can arrange it.
> I have a friend who has a beautiful Atala bike frame. At least it was beautiful until a bike shop (now out of business) put the frame in a vise to work on it. This veteran repair person actually clamped it so hard that he compressed the down tube and now the frame looks sad. My question is there any repair process that can bring this frame back?
> Ray Homiski
> Elizabeth, NJ