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Old 09 July 2015, 07:19   #1
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to grind or drill??

this disgusting article is what's left of a steering hub on my avon. obviously the years have taken their toll and, well, it's shagged!! took a hacksaw to remove the steering wheel so what to do? spend ages drilling out the bolts or...angle grinder? obviously using a grinder will be messy so i would wrap up everything that can be affected by the swarf but a drill would still be messy too. opinions please?


on another note, the lack of maintenance this hub has had is disgraceful!! What's wrong with cleaning and at very least WD40 or ACF50!!
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Old 09 July 2015, 07:29   #2
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I'd Cover up well...grind em flat..they may well punch out...if not use a quality Bit and carefully drill them out...a decent handheld/cordless variable speed will help.
If you have to drill,use a good hole punch to get a good (central) start.
Shouldn't be too much of a job.
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Old 09 July 2015, 07:36   #4
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either way i've got the tools and will cover up everything as best i can. i dont want rusting swarf all over the place.

i think it's more a case of me just wanting an excuse to feel manly with a grinder!! lol

get me "grrrr" face on!
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GRIND less downward load on the GRP.
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GRIND less downward load on the GRP.
i think that's gonna be my choice. just gotta be careful.
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Cover EVERYTHING so that little slivers of metal don't embed in the grp and rust later.
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well, grinder it was. 10 mins later and it's off! everything was well covered and afterwards gave the whole rib a ruddy good scrub and then compounded & polished the fibreglass console.

i've made sure that NO metal was left anywhere to rust and none was embeded in the grp. took way longer to clean than cut but the whole thing looks so much better now and all ready to fit the new system which will be delivered today with a nice 5 spoke steering wheel. give the rib a more up to date look. i can't stand the cheapo crappy standard plastic wheels.
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You won't beat that for a no-nonsense Bullet proof Stearing Wheel
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well, Grinder it was and 10 mins later the offending article was no more!! seeing as the dash is a bit tatty i decided to tart it ip in preparation for the new steering kit so this is how it tuned out. quite chuffed with the results.
started with this, bland, worn and generally tatty...

now this...

IMO, looks far better. the wood panel through bolted (with huge penny washers) in stainless steel and sealed around the edge and through the bolt holes.

i need me projects.
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