shapps1313 wrote:I finally just broke the heads off and drilled and re-tapped them. If you do, don't drill too deep, you'll go right out the front.
shapps1313 wrote:No I didn't drill thru the front, but I know it does happen. The casting is not the thickest in that region. Also if you are not quite centered on the old bolt it could skate off and you'd be drilling into a "softer" metal that the bolt is made of and viola more pressure into softer metal means faster cutting means a deeper hole means an ugly bolt sticking thru the front.
Although, you can move over about a half inch and drill and tap new holes. Also being careful with the depth of your hole. Just be sure to use a bottoming tap for your final step,you'll have the maximum amount threads that way.
RMA wrote:I would choose a damp day with moderate temps, in the shade. I would keep the stove's rusted parts wet with PHOSPHORIC ACID rust remover/converter and then scrub, rinse, dry and paint. Some marine stores have the ACID product under the name RUST BUST ( I buy at Pt. Pleasant Fisherman's sply./apprx $25/gal.concentrate). A very similar product is used in body shops and is available from NAPA (triple etch)..other very good products are available as Metal Prep. from Aircraft Spruce Supply Co.
This acid prep is *great* for pre-paint preparation...
shapps1313 wrote:If your going to weld, be careful welding steel to cast iron. I know it can be done,BUT, make sure you take it to someone who has welded dissimilar metals before. Cast iron does not like to be welded cold,Think long bake in an oven at around 400 degrees,Or even higher temp, not 100% certain on this. Also you'll need high nickel content rods. MIG does not always work on cast iron,this is from a bad experience MIG welding cast iron.Bill
ceccil wrote:The more I see the refurbs that you guys do, the more I wish I knew about this site before buying my stove brand new. I would have bought one of these rebuilds in a minuet before buying new again. Only thing I can't figure out is why you guys don't get together and start a new stove manufacturing company. With the knowledge you guys have, I would think it would be a very successfull company.