Schatz Type 53 Loose Upper Supports

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  1. KurtinSA

    KurtinSA Registered User
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    Just started working on one of these. First time I've found that the two supports which tie into the hoop frame are a little loose. How can I tighten them? It's the hex shaped standoffs that are loose on the posts. I think they should be tighter to avoid looseness when in the frame allowing the movement to walk back and forth.

    Kurt

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  2. clksmyhobby

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    Hi Kurt,
    As I understand your query, the hex-shaped mount is loose on the post while the post is secure in the front plate. Hard to see how that could occur considering the pin driven through the post and mount.

    Was there noticeable movement in the mechanism when the attaching bolts were installed before disassembly?

    I have 2 of this type, ca 1953 and 1956. Both have totally secure mounts.

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  3. KurtinSA

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    Thought I'd check...I mounted the front plate back onto the hoop frame with the two mounting screws...it seems pretty solid. Still, if there was an easy way to reduce the slop, I'd like to try. In the end, maybe it doesn't matter.

    Kurt
     
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    Have a couple of those too and there very solidly mounted. When mounted in the arch it may stop the movement?

    One of mine from an estate sale had taken a tumble sometime in its past and the arch was bent a good bit but the movement was held solid.
     
  5. clksmyhobby

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    I agree. If the mounted mechanism seems secure, it should be good to go.

    Perhaps someone in the past tried to force it on or off the arch, not holding it up against the arch while working the bolts, thus possibly deforming either the pin or hole through the post? Is the arch itself without any visible damage from dropping? If it is deformed enough the mounts would not line up and would have to be forced into alignment with the bolt.

    This hobby is kind of like adopting a pet - you never know the history except when there is visible evidence.
     

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