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Frame repair shop


Post by stevemc » Mon Aug 15, 2005 8:48 pm

I have a '36 EL frame that has some bent tubes that need repair. Any recommendations on a reputable shop would be greatly appreciated.

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Post by Billy » Tue Aug 16, 2005 5:12 am

I would be very picky, in choosing a frame repair specialist.
As the '36el frame is a (1) year only frame. :o

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Re: Frame repair shop


Post by Cotten » Wed Aug 17, 2005 7:32 am

I can think of two frame straighteners in the Midwest who have excelled in the past, but have been generating serious complaints in recent don't go by reputation!
The '36 is nearly totally speltered (brazed), so a cut'n'paste routine is to be avoided. Heat destroys the metal's memory.
'Memory' allows a frame to be straightened back to its original shape cold. It wants to go back to straight, if you can just bend it back past center far enough. Often it takes little more than a barnyard selection of woodblocks, c-clamps, eyebolts and chains, turnbuckles, threaded rod, and jacks to massage one square, with lots of carefull thought applied along the way.

Borrow a "porta-power" and go for it.


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Re: Frame repair shop


Post by Fast Ed 53 » Wed Aug 17, 2005 5:45 pm

Cotten, You just about listed everything I used today to straighten the neck on my 53, I did it cold and got it just past center and it came in pretty close. I know it was crude but it worked for me. Thank's, Ed

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