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Old 05-22-2017, 08:58 AM   #21
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Aw man! I missed the whole thing today? Was it late in the day? I could have been there by 5:15!
He was there until 6:30.. you missed out.
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Robb to the rescue again, cool. As for the crappy design, how about a grade 8 shoulder bolt bottomed out on the welded block? Or a grade 8 with a jam nut against the block (some grinding may be needed) The idea is to put the bolt in tension more than sheer. Helicoils aren't the best when the bolt wants to wiggle around. Last resort might be a quick tack weld of the bolt to the block. A couple fire blankets should take care of any sparks. The stuff comes on rolls, any welding supply will have it.
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Old 05-22-2017, 12:34 PM   #23
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Robb to the rescue again, cool. As for the crappy design, how about a grade 8 shoulder bolt bottomed out on the welded block? Or a grade 8 with a jam nut against the block (some grinding may be needed) The idea is to put the bolt in tension more than sheer. Helicoils aren't the best when the bolt wants to wiggle around. Last resort might be a quick tack weld of the bolt to the block. A couple fire blankets should take care of any sparks. The stuff comes on rolls, any welding supply will have it.
Yeah, the problem is threads in a cheap steel block, and not enough threads. Tack welding the pivot to the block should fix it more permanent-like.
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I've never seen one of these up close, but if there is any room behind the block, you could drill out the block, run a shoulder bolt all the way through and put a nut on the back side. If there is not enough room for the nut, but there was access to the back side of the block, you could countersink where the nut goes. Just make sure the nut bottoms on the sholder bolt rather than tightening against the block. That will assure that the bolt won't pull the entire assembly together, putting it in a bind. Lot's of ways to fix this simple problem without welding.
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Atop the block appears to be the fiberglass top. So to get to the topside you'd have to remove the top from the frame. Sounds complicated.
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He was there until 6:30.. you missed out.
And there was Pliny The Elder?! Well, now you're just rubbing it in man
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