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whaleryo posted 06-10-2002 04:37 PM ET (US)   Profile for whaleryo   Send Email to whaleryo  
It looks like the norman pin is made of two parts that are screwed together. I wrapped them with masking tape and tried to unscrew them using visegrips. They don't budge and I don't want to scrape them up. I'd like to remove the pins, fill the hole with epoxy and redrill it for a tighter fit. Any suggestions?


jimp posted 06-10-2002 07:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimp  Send Email to jimp     
whaleryo -

You're right, 2 parts screwed together. I just removed a norman pin from a 1968 Squall that had been abused for a bit. I loaded up both sides with "Break Free" (others things would likely work like Liquid Wrench), and waited. I did scratch it a bit, but emery cloth brought back the shine. Not sure if that's the best way to do it, but it worked. Slop it in and wait.


mudpuppy posted 06-11-2002 12:43 AM ET (US)     Profile for mudpuppy  Send Email to mudpuppy     
After you apply LiquidWrench, BreakFree, whatever, tap on it periodically with a ball peen hammer--set up some vibration to allow the solvent/lubricant to get to work.
mudpuppy posted 06-11-2002 09:04 AM ET (US)     Profile for mudpuppy  Send Email to mudpuppy     
Oh yeah I forgot we wrapped the pins with friction tape to improve grip and protect finish before applying channel locks.
Bigshot posted 06-11-2002 10:42 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Mine just unscrewed.....go figure:)
Tom W Clark posted 06-11-2002 10:55 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     
Use a piece of rubber, like from an inner tube, wrapped around the norman pin and grip it tightly with [b]smooth jawed]/b] pliers. If you don't own a pair run down to the hardware store and buy some. They will be useful in future for many things I think you will find.

Alternatively, use the rubber and regular (adjustable) pliers with cloth on top of the rubber to help prevent the teeth on the jaws from cutting through everything and marring the bronze.

Using this technique you will have to exert quite a bit of gripping force. You might consider using Vise-Grip type locking pliers for this but be sure they are the curved jaw type to help distribute the clamping forces around the pin.

where2 posted 06-11-2002 12:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for where2  Send Email to where2     
Mine just broke the all-thread one day while I was adjusting it on the lift. (Glad I wasn't anchored in the Atlantic off Palm Beach snorkeling at the time!) Amazingly, I managed to back one of the brass caps off, and ended up drilling and tapping the other successfully. Had to get out the big wallet to get a replacement all-thread from the BW dealer, though.

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