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Date:         Sun, 24 Jul 2016 19:12:55 -0600
Reply-To:     OlRivrRat <OlRivrRat@COMCAST.NET>
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From:         OlRivrRat <OlRivrRat@COMCAST.NET>
Subject:      Re: Another pop top hinge repair
Comments: To: Alistair Bell <albell@SHAW.CA>
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If the Top Is Up & Supported so that the Weight is Off the Hinge can the CrossBar be Removed for Inspection ~

On 24 Jul , 2016, at 6:21 PM, Alistair Bell wrote:

> Sure Dave, but with the proviso that I haven't tested it out yet. Seems like it should work but, what's that state motto? Show me. > > Hard to give time estimate as I was making it up as I went along. But with material that is closer to finished dimensions than the stuff I used ( I tend to use up scrap material with this kind of project) it would only take about 30 min lathe time, and about 45 min or less on the mill. > > So about an hour and a quarter machine time at the most. If one were a real machinist, under an hour. > > The material cost? Well you'd use about 4" of 3/4" stainless rod for the pin, and about 2" of 1.25" brass or bronze rod for the bushing. Then two 1/8" roll pins. How much does that cost? Well the brass or bronze is the relatively spendy stuff but then again a machine shop will have some shorts lying around for a good price. Maybe 5 - 10 bucks for that. The stainless would be a couple of bucks. > > I'm really spit balling the material cost. You really ought to be paying scrap value for the brass/bronze. > > Hope this gives you an idea. I'm getting to be an old fogey, I think everything costs too much. But then when I make something, and it's all custom work, and if I actually cost out my time, then the price of things doesn't seem that bad. > > Alistair > >> On Jul 24, 2016, at 11:52 AM, David McNeely <> wrote: >> >> Alistair, this is an elegant and seemingly very good redesign. However, most of us lack machine shops, and even fewer of us have your talents. I realize that some folks with lots of time and effort can develop talents, but remember, I'm the guy who once twisted off the bolt that held the waterpump housing onto the engine of a 1966 Ford Falcon. >> >> When I sense that my pop top needs this done, I think I will copy your blog entry (if I have permission to do so) and take it to a machine shop for the fix. Would you recommend that? Can you give me an estimate of the time you think a capable machine shop operator should require to do the work? >> >> Thanks, DMc >> >>> On Sun, Jul 24, 2016 at 11:19 AM, Alistair Bell <> wrote: >>> To be honest Stuart, the design was made up as I went along. And seeing what others had done gave me some guidance. >>> >>> And as with all things I do, I find that during the process I see too late what I should have done. >>> >>> It would be great to have a simple kit that requires only simple tools to install. Some ideas along that line came to me during my fix, I have to try and follow through with them. >>> >>> One wonders if the pop top assist kits ( jack Bombay and go Westy) help in reducing the pressure on that wearing surface in the hinge. I'm guessing they do. If you don't have to grunt so hard pushing up the bar then logically there must be less pressure on the hinge. >>> >>> So all you Westy owners, get the pop top assist kits even if you don't have added loads on your pop top. >>> >>> Alistair >>> >>> >>>> On Jul 24, 2016, at 10:51 AM, Stuart MacMillan <> wrote: >>>> >>>> This is a complete redesign, not a repair, which is what I'd expect from a >>>> man of your talents and resources. I "repaired" mine by welding up the sawn >>>> through crossbar and grinding it smooth. Inelegant, temporary and simple, >>>> just like me. >>>> >>>> I've found that the H bar is very expensive to ship assembled, but taking it >>>> apart for shipping is reasonably cheap. Maybe you could start a side >>>> business, even Go Westy hasn't come up with a fix for this! >>>> >>>> Stuart >>>> >>>> >>>> >>>> -----Original Message----- >>>> From: Vanagon Mailing List [] On Behalf Of >>>> Alistair Bell >>>> Sent: Saturday, July 23, 2016 11:36 AM >>>> To: vanagon@GERRY.VANAGON.COM >>>> Subject: Another pop top hinge repair >>>> >>>> Between other things , I futzed around with my spare pop top lifting bar >>>> assembly this week. Little stainless steel shaft and a bronze bushing to fix >>>> the worn out hinge joint. >>>> Just adding one more version of what others have done. >>>> >>>> >>>> >>>> Alistair >>>> >>

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