So I left off needing a couple of special tools. $40 later I am the owner of a chain tool for removing and installing a chain and a crank remover.
Now the frame is stripped all the way except for the bottom bracket which I do not want to mess with at all (another special tool required).
So I started in with the grinder and sander to remove the old paint and as a bonus remove the external welds. Not going to fool anyone that it is not an aluminum frame but I like the smooth look. After grinding and sanding, one layer of body filler and more sanding. At least two more applications of body filler and sanding would be required for a nice finish but this project is already over budget and off schedule.
Here is a comparison of before and after welds.
Here is the frame ready for paint. Don’t be fooled this is a good day and a half worth of sanding.
Next time, the paint flies.