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beachedwhale posted 05-11-2001 11:21 AM ET (US)   Profile for beachedwhale   Send Email to beachedwhale  
A few lessons learned on repairing the rails on my 1968 Naucet. I had to
replace the Tee's, they had corroded. Best may to remove them was to grind
them until they cracked, they chisel off. With it apart, polish the rails.
To replace the Tee's, one has to cut the rail if it is curved, do not use a
pipecutter as they constrict the ID and make the splice tubing not fit. I
used a cut saw with a metal blade. To make the splice, I used 6" of .75" OD
SS tubing I got at a metal shop. Drilled slightly oversize holes in the
railing, then correct size in the splice tubing. Occasionally you have to
ream the SS 7/8" tubing because of seam. Although I had self tapping screws,
running a tap prior prevents them losing their thread. I replaced all the
old chrome standoffs with replacements out of SS, the old ones were worn
thin and would allow alot of slop. The old SS bases have a bronze plug, if
a screw had stripped, just turn it 45 degrees and redrill the hole and then
retap. Need a lot of selftapping SS screws with a little plastic washer to
keep in place. I got the needed parts from CMI Marine in Hingham MA except
for the Tees that were available locally. Fast service for all the parts.

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