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Craig Allen

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Restoration tips, broken spoke nuts
« on: November 06, 2018, 06:36:21 PM »
Trying to loosen up spoke nuts that haven't turned in 100 plus years can be an exasperating experience especially when patience is running thin. When spokes break off, they have the irritating habit of breaking flush or nearly flush with the end of the spoke nut. Except for the spoke, all is not lost. The spoke nut can be chucked in the lathe and turned down just a little on the end to expose part of the broken spoke. Cutting off 1/16" to 1/8" should be plenty. It's important when turning down the nut not to cut into the spoke. While still chucked in the lathe, you can use a torch to heat up the nut. You don't need to get it red. Usually a black tar like substance will leach out which indicates the broken spoke piece is loose. Use a good vise grip to grab hold of the exposed spoke and it should start unscrewing out very easily.

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Re: Restoration tips, broken spoke nuts
« Reply #1 on: November 06, 2018, 07:55:53 PM »
good tip Craig, for those of us who don't have a lathe, a drill press will suffice, as the thing spins you can carefully hold a file against the surface you want to remove, be careful and stop periodically to examine the results.
This works on spoke nipples too!
« Last Edit: November 07, 2018, 11:11:53 AM by 55inchwheel »