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How do you fix a loose Norman pin - Sport15?
|Author||Topic: How do you fix a loose Norman pin - Sport15?|
posted 06-10-2002 04:37 PM ET (US)
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?
posted 06-10-2002 07:25 PM ET (US)
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.
posted 06-11-2002 12:43 AM ET (US)
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.
posted 06-11-2002 09:04 AM ET (US)
Oh yeah I forgot we wrapped the pins with friction tape to improve grip and protect finish before applying channel locks.
posted 06-11-2002 10:42 AM ET (US)
Mine just unscrewed.....go figure:)
|Tom W Clark||
posted 06-11-2002 10:55 AM ET (US)
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.
posted 06-11-2002 12:39 PM ET (US)
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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