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Old 02-25-2003, 07:49 AM
ctaylor738 ctaylor738 is offline
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That rail is held in by two pins so it's not going to fall off if the loose pin is removed and replaced.

What I think has happened, though, is that the pin has broken leaving the head in the hole in the block on the inside of the rail. I found an old pin from my 110 engine last night, and there is a groove about 5mm from the tip that would be a primo place for the break to occur. I think that the inside hole provides the real holding power for the pin.

Why don't you remove the pin for inspection and see if it has broken?

I am unsure of what advice to give you if this has happened. One difficult approach would be to try to drill the piece, insert an easy-out, and try to attach some sort of puller. Another would be to roughen or otherwise treat the surface of a new shortened pin, and install it with loctite and hope that the outer hole will hold it.

I guess I would try the second, on the theory that you could always try the first if it didn't work.
Chuck Taylor
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