Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Outside Philadelphia, PA
I think the old Metaframe look great and they clean up well, but they may have some problems. Check them out carefully before you buy.
The slate bottoms can go bad after many years. Slate is a rock that forms in layers and sometimes they can separate or crack, causing the bottom to fail. Always check the bottom to make sure it's not damaged.
The cement used in the tanks was a tar like compound. Over many years it can dry out and look grey and turn to powder. As long as it still supports the class and bottom, you can reseal the tank. If it's really gone, you have a major job of taking the tank apart, and rebuilding it.