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How the HECK do I get these off?


By the96stang

4 years ago



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#1 4 years ago

I have been tearing down my cyclone, and the Tshaped nuts on the bottom of the star posts keep moving when I try and loosen the posts. How to a I get these posts to come out? How do I stop the nuts from moving?

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#3 4 years ago

That post is locked in or cross threaded probably which has caused your T nut to come undone. Take a pair of vice crips and lock them on the nut and remove the post. You will need to pick up a new t nut. I get them at the hardware store. They aren't very expensive.

#4 4 years ago

not crossthreaded. Williams unfortunately used locktite on the threads for most of the late 11B and 11C games.

Cyclone, Whirlwind, EATPM, Rollersgames will all do this when you shop them. I usually have around 8 or so do this, sometimes i'll luck out and have only a few and sometimes they all strip.

Use some channel locks or vice grips to hold the T-nut, sometimes you can wedge a large flat head screw driver in there. Other times nothing will work and you will have to snap off the screw.

#5 4 years ago

Use a soldering iron to heat the t-nut from below. It will soften the loctite so you can back the screw out.

#6 4 years ago

Swearing is necessary, but does not seem to help.

#7 4 years ago

I just clamp down with the vice grips and if the bolt breaks I buy a new one. If you are stripping the playfield you will be placing an order anyways

#8 4 years ago
Quoted from kbliznick:

Cyclone, Whirlwind, EATPM, Rollersgames will all do this when you shop them.

So will Bad Cats.

#9 4 years ago
Quoted from jmountjoy111:

I just clamp down with the vice grips and if the bolt breaks I buy a new one. If you are stripping the playfield you will be placing an order anyways

Issue: Order already placed. DOH

#10 4 years ago
Quoted from jmountjoy111:

I just clamp down with the vice grips and if the bolt breaks I buy a new one. If you are stripping the playfield you will be placing an order anyways

before doing that verify the post you are about to break is replaceable, some posts aren't made anymore.

#11 4 years ago

That's true on the ones that are not available. I take for granted some of these post types not being available because I picked a bunch up off of stripped out playfields a while back. Pretty much every post I have ran across on system 11 are available through Marcos though.

#12 4 years ago

I just used the soldering iron method last night on a few on my TAXI. It does work. My question, since I need to replace some tee-nuts, is which size is the more common one? #6-32 or #10-32 ? Not sure which to stock up on.

#13 4 years ago

Ive had better luck using a soldering GUN, Mine is a weller and it gets hot enough to loosen the Loctite.
Usually 20 -30 seconds of heat and the screws come right out.
For those that have already started spinning, vise grips and heat or screw a short screw against the t nut to hold in place still using heat.

#14 4 years ago
Quoted from Bohdi:

I just used the soldering iron method last night on a few on my TAXI. It does work. My question, since I need to replace some tee-nuts, is which size is the more common one? #6-32 or #10-32 ? Not sure which to stock up on.

6-32 is for most system 11 posts and screws. Somewhere in WPC they switched to the 8-32. 10-32 are rarely needed, but it's always good to a couple on hand.

#15 4 years ago
Quoted from kbliznick:

6-32 is for most system 11 posts and screws. Somewhere in WPC they switched to the 8-32. 10-32 are rarely needed, but it's always good to a couple on hand.

Thanks

#16 4 years ago
Quoted from jmountjoy111:

. You will need to pick up a new t nut. I get them at the hardware store.

Some that you find at the hardware store will have a thicker collar, and won't fit it the hole. Ran into this with my Centaur. The ones Pinballlife sells will fit.

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