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Re: Rear idler appears to bend inwards?
« Reply #60 on: October 17, 2020, 02:41:04 AM »
Thanks for the replies.

I’ve found some photos on the G503 showing the long brace but the bolts look tiny compared to the ones I pulled. Has anyone ever fitted bolts here?


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Re: Rear idler appears to bend inwards?
« Reply #61 on: October 17, 2020, 12:09:57 PM »


The books states for the later type arrangement it should be a pair of  3/4" 16NF x 2 1/2" bolts and the lower one should be a 1/2 20NF x 2".

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Re: Rear idler appears to bend inwards?
« Reply #62 on: October 18, 2020, 01:53:19 AM »
Thanks for the reply, do you know what those bolts actually do? I know it’s a stupid question but I can’t see then in photos and I have nothing in that area. Did they just hold the armour on to the frame?

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Re: Rear idler appears to bend inwards?
« Reply #63 on: October 18, 2020, 07:04:03 AM »
All they do is hold the idler support rod (turn buckle) to the frame (early version), and they go through the bumper washers and help hold on the bumpers.

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Re: Rear idler appears to bend inwards?
« Reply #64 on: October 18, 2020, 02:28:22 PM »
Thanks, I’ve just googled a photo and I see how they go. It all becomes clear when someone point me in the right direction.

I managed to get the second idler post out today. I put as much pressure on it as I physically could with my 20T bottle Jack and it wouldn’t budge. I took 3 of the inner bracket bolts out in case they ovalised the bracket bore and then heated the bracket. It went with an almighty bang and I thought the Jack had exploded. It moved about a 1/4” but chunks of rust were thrown about 6’! Scared the crap out of me.

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Re: Rear idler appears to bend inwards?
« Reply #65 on: October 18, 2020, 06:27:26 PM »
Welcome to the world of old rusty restorations
Now change your underwear.  Lol


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Re: Rear idler appears to bend inwards?
« Reply #66 on: October 19, 2020, 11:02:09 AM »
The shaft on one of my crab assemblies was frozen.  I tried everything for months to get it free and I finally sent it to a local machine shop.  They put it in a something like a 100 ton press and kept it under pressure.  They went do work on other projects and said that it sounded like an explosion when it finally let go.  I still laugh when I think about it! ;D
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Re: Rear idler appears to bend inwards?
« Reply #67 on: October 19, 2020, 03:27:43 PM »
I would love to say that I’d be ready for it next time.....but I’d still crap myself.