At 10:09 PM 5/2/2002, Roger N. Smith wrote:
>Does any one on the list have or know where I can rent a bushing reamer for
>a sprite. My machinist says he didn't want to ream them without the right
>reamer for fear of misalignment. I'd be more than happy to send a deposit
>and of course pay for shipping both ways.
Several thoughts on this, if you'll allow.
First, if your car has a drum brake front, there is no specific special
tool like for the later cars.
Second, this should be the only time you'll ever need one, on this car, so
purchasing would be a waste.
There are "specialists" who have the tool, who bought it as an
investment, with the hope of being able to earn some money by having the tool.
My company, and others, can offer various forms of the service;
everything from supplying an exchange set, to removing, replacing, and
reaming the bushings in your set with your parts. Those that do this with
some regularity will have developed some special jigs and bushing removers
and installation tools to make the job easier.
Lending tools can be like lending money to friends.... good in
theory, but can harm a relationship. As to the list buying the tool for
future use... This was discussed for some other item, a video I think, a
while ago. What would be the process? Who would be the "keeper"? It sounds
plausible to me.
I've cut flutes in old king pins on occasion, and it works OK,
builds lots of upper body strength, though. Even the right tool will have
you building up a sweat.
Having written all of that, and answering a dozen or so phones, I
realize from your address, Roger, that you might be in Hawaii? Guess that
changes things a bit. Contact me off list... I'm thinking about it.
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