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76er posted 11-09-2003 11:29 AM ET (US)   Profile for 76er   Send Email to 76er  
Hello again. Question: How would I go about replacing SS T's on the rails. These are one piece rails bent on both ends 90 degrees. I'm unable to slide new T's around bend. Do they make two piece T's or do I have to cut the rails. The original T's were cast SS and cracked. I was able to get them off by breaking them apart. Any info would be greatly appreciated.

Just a side bar. I went with your recommendations about motor. I purchased the Merc 60 ELPT EFI, waiting for it to be delivered. Thanks.

Tom W Clark posted 11-09-2003 01:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     

You're welcome for the advise but I donít recall giving it. In fact, I donít think I would have made that recommendation but I hope you enjoy your new motor. I'm sure it will serve you well.

The only thing you can do with your rails apart from replacing them entirely, is to cut them at the location of the Tees and insert what is called a "Hot Dog" with is a 4" long piece of 3/4" stainless steel tubing which will work as a spline to hold the two severed rail parts together.

I have not done this myself but it is reported that it works quite well. Some factory Railings were built by Whaler using the Hot Dogs. I believe you could even order the part from Whaler. In the 1980's the Whaler part number for a Hot Dog was #72109304. Any Whaler dealer should be able to cross reference this number with the new one but of course, you could just go buy a short section of the correct diameter stainless steel tubing and cut your own.

76er posted 11-10-2003 09:39 AM ET (US)     Profile for 76er  Send Email to 76er     
Thank You Tom.

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