That's exactly how I took it. Re-read post #1 and #10
I guess that after I read the first post
"So anyone else nuts over heli-coils ?????"
should have answered with a simple
But I didn't so please forgive me for offending you.
I have no idea.
I make my own inserts for hollow tubing and weld them in.
Turboglen has a lathe, mill and other shop equipment as do I
I also do not understand "and i'll say **** yea!!"
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11-28-2008, 09:23 AM #21
11-28-2008, 10:32 AM #22
Heck man you ain't offending me at all!!! I just like to stir the pot and helping Turboglen's thread going...it has been a good one to say the least with many good info and links. Sharing ideas and agreeing to dis-agree is what we are all about here.
I am just sorta pointing out that I would have to think a hand drill is a clumsy way to do this and only do it if it makes the dif between racing or setting in the garage ...trust me I understand. It is just too crude for my taste. I used to race Nascar asphalt Grand American late Models and they are an entirely fabricated tube chassis unlike traditional late models that use a frame from a car to begin with. I built my own.
Things get really crazy when it comes down to do we rig it for the weekend or do we scatter it and lay out a week?
I've owned 2 machine shops (automotive) and I used to be a machinist in the Army and much of their training was aimed at doing this very thing out in the field. We had a bunch of crazy mechanics who would break off every bolt for exhaust manifolds on M1-51A1's (jeeps) and then bring them to me. Along with everything else they could screw up.
It went well with my hillbilly junkyard background for sure. When i got out of their I was a firm believer in doing everything to keep from messing threads up.
Now I have my own aluminum repair biz and I STILL see every type of thread screw-up imaginable and get to fix them.
This thread has sorta made me look at this in a different light tho. I'll admit but all of my insert conversions if needed would be done on a professional set-up. it is to hard to do countless counterbores and hold any kind of tolerences both on location and to size as well as depth. Plus keeping the tap straight. Most heli-coils that I get to fix are entirely FUBAR already.
Now despite how I feel myself I will say I would imagine that Turbo-Glenn has gotten WAY WAY better at doing this than the average bear!!
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11-28-2008, 04:30 PM #23
Please let me apologize for being so quick to come back like that and I would like to start over if it is ok with you????
First-- I do like Heli coils and have drilled and taped thousands of them, the ones that I found to be the toughest were 2-56 in titanium cause it was a real pain to drill out the broken taps. We tried to EDM them out one time but found that there was a HAZ with that and they were more difficult to tap so we just drilled them out. Helicoils do have limits and are not a cure all for everything. If the hole is oval or at an angle a mill or drill jig is required to repair.
I have found that Heli coils are a BIG NO NO in salt water. I live on the coast and have taken to working on some of the boats that are down the street at the Marina. Aluminum works great till a fastener is put in it then it is just a matter of time before it falls apart. Even stainless, by itself, is no match for the salt water. I have put rod holders up in the cabin just to have the SS screws fail after less than three years.
Helicoils with stainless fasteners going in to them do not want to come apart without gauling or just welding themselves together.
Every thing has its place and there is a place for helicoils.
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Thread reapairs are great. I have used them on 3" turbine bolts before. They are a good permanent repair.
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Helicoil Thread Repair System
Helicoil thread repair system a reliable technology
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• Create Stronger and longer lasting threads in soft & light metal components made of Aluminium , Composite Alloys or Plastics & Polymers where internal threads of a component are prone to damage due to operating conditions of the equipment the same are fitted in.
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The above mentioned compensation & even load distribution features allow a superior reliability of assembly and without compromising on performance Allows the Designers to choose a bolts of lower strength , bolt of alternate metals, bolt having lesser length , creating possibility of lower torque requirements for soft metals , retaining strength of components having less wall thickness.
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The HeliCoil is installed by a tool which compresses it at first to get installed in a threaded hole after which it sits tightly against the thread flanks , the only way it can be taken out is by using a tool which reduces it in diameter during extraction.
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Helicoil is an easy to use good technology & one could do it on own
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