any ideas on removing weld from fork lock hole?

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old52pan
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any ideas on removing weld from fork lock hole?

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Post by old52pan » Fri Apr 24, 2009 4:54 am

Hi all, some clown filled my 52 pan fork lock hole with weld,right up to the top. I have been drilling but the weld seems hardened. Any tricks to speed this up? I am restoring this frame and have allready replaced the sidecar loops.otherwise I would paint over it and forget it. Any help would be great-panman1960



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Re: any ideas on removing weld from fork lock hole?

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Post by steinauge » Fri Apr 24, 2009 3:08 pm

Buy a cobalt steel drill bit ,keep your drill speed down and your pressure up,use cutting oil.If that wont cut it try a carbide bit,that WILL cut it.once you get a hole throughn it you can grind it out with a dremel and small grinding bits.Slow and tedious!

old52pan
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Re: any ideas on removing weld from fork lock hole?

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Post by old52pan » Fri Apr 24, 2009 7:01 pm

thank you for the reply, I will give that a try as standard bit's are not touching it. I wonder if they used a stainless rod?-panman1960

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Re: any ideas on removing weld from fork lock hole?

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Post by Panacea » Fri Apr 24, 2009 11:11 pm

Mine had a slug welded over it, I started with a 3/8 bit then went up size by size so I could keep checking to see how close I was getting the the stock bore of the lock hole. I was slightly off center so I had to finish off with a dremmel tool. I had the replacement lock from V-Twin which came with a couple roll pins, I was able to estimate where the pin hole should be by sticking a small drill bit into the pre-drilled hole on the side of the lock to see the correct angle, when I went to center punch the location I lucked out and hit the old pin hole that had been bondoed over. ...Mike

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