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Forum topic by Ben_Durham posted 01-08-2015 11:00 PM 748 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Ben_Durham

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01-08-2015 11:00 PM

Topic tags/keywords: tip question brace hand refurbishing

Hi All,

I’m in the process of restoring a brace and have hit a bit of a snag.

The brace was severely rusted and I want/need to take it to pieces to clean it properly. However, I’ve run up against some blind pins. Having seen a lot of people here refurbishing braces I was hoping someone would have tried this before and could offer some advice.

Thanks
Ben


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#1 posted 01-08-2015 11:25 PM

All I can think of is to grind them flush, then drill them out.

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#2 posted 01-08-2015 11:29 PM

Are you sure they are blind pins and not taper pins? Sometimes, it can be difficult to see the hole on the opposite side if the pin has been ground flush. Otherwise, l’d try drilling a small hole in the middle and using a screw extractor bit on it to back it out.

Cheers,
Brad

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Don W

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#3 posted 01-09-2015 12:01 AM

you MAY be able to grab them with vise grips. Then tap the grip with a hammer and try driving them out. Driving seems to work better then just twisting or pulling.

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#4 posted 01-09-2015 12:13 AM

Don’s idea is a good one as well.. I’ve used that method to remove stubborn parts in the past. Impact removal will allow more force to be applied than just pulling alone. I’ve also on occasion been able to get a screw extractor to get enough of a bite so a pair of vice grips can be used on it for a better grip. I’ve been wanting to make me a vice-grip slide hammer similar to the one below, but never seem to find the time :)

Cheers,
Brad

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#5 posted 01-09-2015 12:47 AM



Don s idea is a good one as well.. I ve used that method to remove stubborn parts in the past. Impact removal will allow more force to be applied than just pulling alone. I ve also on occasion been able to get a screw extractor to get enough of a bite so a pair of vice grips can be used on it for a better grip. I ve been wanting to make me a vice-grip slide hammer similar to the one below, but never seem to find the time :)

Cheers,
Brad

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Ben_Durham

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#6 posted 01-09-2015 10:01 AM

Thanks for the ideas, I’m leaning towards drilling them out at this point as i’m struggling to get a grip with a vice grip.

Brad, I’ve had a close look around and they certainly seem to be blind as despite a thorough clean I can’t see any evidence of them going through.

The other problem I’ve encountered Is that a few parts are riveted on, so I may just have to content myself to cleaning the bits I cant get to by submerging in acetone and just applying elbow grease to finish what I can…..

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