Deacon you make a good point. In defense of the guys who said to read threads, I don't think they/we were trying to be rude. It looks like he had four issues.
1) Wheel bearings - addressed. Lube the bike wheel bearings
2) Fatty pipe - addressed. Worry about pipes later
3) Rusty connecting rod - addressed. (more or less) Not rusty, bronze alloy
4) A general confusion about HT stuff - addressed - lots of reading will calm the nerves to find out lots of items have been attacked already.
Play nice, ask questions...people will answer!