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ANOTHER run to the hardware store............... ( photo )

June 20 2007 at 3:12 PM
Paul  (no login)

Response to So much of the work can't be photographed !

This particular hardware is a full service hardware and not one of the "Home Depot" type stores. Therefore it has things that can be very useful to the Do-It-Yourselfer!

My new Teleflex steering arm coming out of the steering cable has a 3/8" opening for a 3/8" pin or bolt. Only trouble is, the old tiller arm has a hole in it that's bigger.

Amazingly, I found a BRONZE BUSHING that perfectly fits through the bronze tiller arm, with the perfect interior diameter for a (stainless steel) through-bolt. I'll have to grind off some of that bushing, but this is just PERFECT for mating up the two different sizes.

The bushing was $3, the bronze washers were $1.50 each, and less for the stainless steel parts. I got two different through-bolts just to be sure I had one that wouldn't be grinding threads against the internal side of a bushing, etc.

Add gas for that trip, it's another five bucks. Sheesh, no wonder these projects take so long. I'm going to install the bolt with the threaded side down, with two lock nuts jammed against one another. If the steering ever goes out, it won't be because of this part!



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