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 Post subject: Columbia Spring Barrel Cover Plates
PostPosted: Mon Feb 04, 2019 8:17 pm 
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Victor III
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How do you guys manage to get those tabs lined up with the holes? I mark the plates and the barrels and still have alignment issues! Any tricks to that?

This one is especially bad, A previous repairer drilled and tapped new and bigger holes in the spring barrels. Instead of using the old screw holes, the guy shifted the cover a bit and made new holes.
Dave D


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 Post subject: Re: Columbia Spring Barrel Cover Plates
PostPosted: Mon Feb 04, 2019 10:44 pm 
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I'm usually a big fan of Columbia products in general, but those cursed tabbed (or secured with separate plates) spring barrels are awful. I've had much better luck since carefully marking them (A=A, B=B, etc.) but they're still no fun. You have my sympathy!

George P.


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 Post subject: Re: Columbia Spring Barrel Cover Plates
PostPosted: Tue Feb 05, 2019 1:07 am 
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I just reloaded the barrels on a BN. Stick the thing together, find a tiny ice pick or a nail or something, and work it around where the holes line up. Put in a screw loosely. Then try a few more screws, alternating sides of the barrel. Know how, when you change a car tire, you use a pattern instead of just tightening them in a circle? That's what I did.

Now mine might have been made differently. Columbias are super cool but weird. Hope it works for you.


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 Post subject: Re: Columbia Spring Barrel Cover Plates
PostPosted: Tue Feb 05, 2019 5:15 am 
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VanEpsFan1914 wrote:
I just reloaded the barrels on a BN. Stick the thing together, find a tiny ice pick or a nail or something, and work it around where the holes line up. Put in a screw loosely. Then try a few more screws, alternating sides of the barrel. Know how, when you change a car tire, you use a pattern instead of just tightening them in a circle? That's what I did.

Now mine might have been made differently. Columbias are super cool but weird. Hope it works for you.


That's good advice, and I second the "ice pick" technique. Also, I don't tighten the screws until they're all in place.

Good luck, Dave!

George P.


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 Post subject: Re: Columbia Spring Barrel Cover Plates
PostPosted: Tue Feb 05, 2019 6:04 am 
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Thanks for the great tip. I can't wait to try it.
I usually dread these style of motors and end up spending way too much time on them!
Dave


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 Post subject: Re: Columbia Spring Barrel Cover Plates
PostPosted: Tue Feb 05, 2019 8:16 pm 
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I have found that when a particular tab, or two, will not cooperate in being aligned, that a grab & twist with a plier can bring them into alignment.


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