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Old 04-26-2012, 03:55 PM   #15
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Great...i will try the torch thing and see if that works. I'm assuming they are aluminum but not sure, they look like aluminum but could be zinc.
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Old 04-26-2012, 06:18 PM   #16
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Trow the SOB away and buy new ones from Scamp.
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Old 04-26-2012, 07:44 PM   #17
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Know anyone who can weld? Now that I see it the solution is to weld a nut on the bolt. The heat from the migwelder will cause the bolt to expand then contract as it cools. This will sort of crush the rust and such and when its cool you can turn it out with the nut. Liberal amounts of penetrating oil will help. If that fails then carefully dremel it out to the threads then pick the remaining bolt out of the threads.
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Old 04-26-2012, 11:33 PM   #18
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My Dad and my Grandpa are both welders. I will try to get my Dad to weld the hinge on Saturday.

As for scamp hinges that will be a last resort as I am not keen on trying to align the new hinges and drilling the extra holes.

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Old 04-27-2012, 12:12 AM   #19
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Smile EDM is the way to go

Thanks for the picture, it helps a lot!

That is small enough to fit into an EDM machine, and can be submerged in the medium.

Be careful with heat. You could change the structural character of the hinge material or worse, melt it.

Zinc melts at 780F, Aluminum 1220F. A propane torch flame is about 3200F' acetylene/oxygen is 6300F!

Maybe your Dad knows someone who does EDM.
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