[CR] Was "Market Slump", Now "Deal Breaker?"

(Example: Events:Eroica)

From: "Matthew 'Devotion' Bowne" <devotion_finesse@hotmail.com>
To: CR discussion list <classicrendezvous@bikelist.org>
Date: Mon, 22 Mar 2010 09:40:10 -0400
Subject: [CR] Was "Market Slump", Now "Deal Breaker?"

In reference to a bike offered for sale that did not meet it's asking price, Dale Phelps wrote:

"1) The busted seat lug is a deal-breaker, the crack extends from keyhole to the edge of the lug. Nothing about this bike is unique enough to overlook that."

Which got me to thinkin' much more generally...

Can't a crack such as the one described be dealt with by drilling a small "stop hole" at the bottom of the crack? Or is the general consensus that a frame with that type of damage is essentially ruined? If you had a great frame in need of restoration that had a similar crack, would the crack be enough to keep you from re-painted and re-building the bike (assuming a stop hole was drilled)?

Matthew Bowne
Brooklyn, New York