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#1 2016-01-30 3:58pm

Shotgun
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Fixing Pitted or Chewed Dropouts

First off, if you don't have anything nice to say, move along. I am sick of the keyboard experts telling me what I can and cannot do. I fabricate and weld for a living. This is how I fix pitted or chewed up drop outs.these are the drop outs on my '81 Team Mongoose. On top of being really pitted, there was some axle nut marks that needed to be fixed. I first sandblasted the entire frame especially the pitted drop outs because rust would inhibit the process. I use my MIG welder because you can make a series of tack welds that will cover the damage. This is one place where a MIG welder shines, as it does not concentrate a lot of heat in one place which can warp the thin drop out.I then take a 36 grit sanding disc and carefully grind the welds flat. I then move on to 80 grit and finally a flap disc for the final finish. If there are more pits or damage, simply add some more tack welds until you are done. This is the process I use to repair pitted car chassis, motorcycle parts and vintage race cars that I restore.

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#2 2016-01-30 4:10pm

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Re: Fixing Pitted or Chewed Dropouts

Looks good!

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#3 2016-01-30 5:00pm

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Re: Fixing Pitted or Chewed Dropouts

stevemilz wrote:

Looks good!

+1


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#4 2016-01-30 7:43pm

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Re: Fixing Pitted or Chewed Dropouts

Well done.


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#5 2016-01-30 7:48pm

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Re: Fixing Pitted or Chewed Dropouts

Crappy job for a welder! lollol


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#6 2016-01-30 8:19pm

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Re: Fixing Pitted or Chewed Dropouts

norelk98 wrote:

Crappy job for a welder! lollol

He said move along, if you don't have anything nice to say!lol


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#7 2016-01-30 8:59pm

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Re: Fixing Pitted or Chewed Dropouts

Those drop outs look good but do you have any pictures of them before you started welding them up?

Oh and can I send you a DB frame that needs some love?

Last edited by BritUS (2016-01-30 9:01pm)


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#8 2016-01-31 5:44am

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Re: Fixing Pitted or Chewed Dropouts

BritUS wrote:

Those drop outs look good but do you have any pictures of them before you started welding them up?

Oh and can I send you a DB frame that needs some love?

Look at the last picture, for some reason the pictures loaded backwards. What does the DB need?

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#9 2016-01-31 5:54am

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Re: Fixing Pitted or Chewed Dropouts

Here is a before shot:
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#10 2016-01-31 7:02am

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Re: Fixing Pitted or Chewed Dropouts

Nice work

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#11 2016-01-31 10:47am

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Those sanding discs are the best for getting a flat smooth finish.


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#12 2016-01-31 11:48am

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Re: Fixing Pitted or Chewed Dropouts

Awesome job!


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#13 2016-01-31 5:55pm

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Re: Fixing Pitted or Chewed Dropouts

Looks good..great job!


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#14 2016-01-31 5:56pm

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Re: Fixing Pitted or Chewed Dropouts

Shotgun wrote:

BritUS wrote:

Those drop outs look good but do you have any pictures of them before you started welding them up?

Oh and can I send you a DB frame that needs some love?

Look at the last picture, for some reason the pictures loaded backwards. What does the DB need?

Sent you a PM with pics. smile


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#15 2016-02-01 7:36am

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Re: Fixing Pitted or Chewed Dropouts

Wish I had welding skills. ...nice job


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