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Date:         Sun, 24 Jul 2016 19:27:56 -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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Would Any of these be close to being Right the Job ~

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 >>>> >>>> -----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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