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Old 03-21-2007, 08:17 PM   #43
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Before posting about a similar problem, I found this thread with a search. Yeah! Great thread!

I recently switched from 40# to 30# tanks. My 1975 rod was held in place by a 'roll pin' or whatever. I thought I'd pop it out and drill another hole in the right place to hold the 30#'ers. I would also avoid the problem of the front solar guard impinging on the gas bottle holder rod...

....2 hours later, 2 busted drill bits, 2 rounded out metal punches and the roll pin is still pretty much the way it started! That sucker is in there to stay!

I'm thinking of taking the earlier suggestion and just threading the rod further down. I assume this is 1/2" coarse thread....

I think I may weld the rod too just for extra insurance.
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Old 03-21-2007, 10:03 PM   #44
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Yep, those pins are tough! I had a really hard time getting it out. And in fact, I started to put the new one in, but changed my mind 1/4 way through- thought it was, perhaps, too thick (it was tooooooo hard to pound in!) and had quite a time getting that one out.

I ended up drilling the rod and dropping it (without more thread) but have yet to put the new pin in...
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Old 03-21-2007, 10:28 PM   #45
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Removing spring pins...

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Before posting about a similar problem, I found this thread with a search. Yeah! Great thread!

I recently switched from 40# to 30# tanks. My 1975 rod was held in place by a 'roll pin' or whatever. I thought I'd pop it out and drill another hole in the right place to hold the 30#'ers. I would also avoid the problem of the front solar guard impinging on the gas bottle holder rod...

....2 hours later, 2 busted drill bits, 2 rounded out metal punches and the roll pin is still pretty much the way it started! That sucker is in there to stay!

I'm thinking of taking the earlier suggestion and just threading the rod further down. I assume this is 1/2" coarse thread....

I think I may weld the rod too just for extra insurance.
You can get better removal on these type pins if you soak them with a lubricant like PB Blaster Breakfree or WD40 first then drive them with a punch of just slightly smaller diameter than the pin itself and a 2# sledge hammer or 16 oz. or larger Ballpene hammer. FYI, Ed
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