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 Post subject: Re: How to get Columbia 161 portable out of its case?
PostPosted: Mon Aug 19, 2019 8:39 pm 
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Victor V
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soundgen wrote:
F_R_Parker1 wrote:
I’m just a couple of states north of you in Virginia :D . Many thanks for the info about the springs, I will go ahead and simply replace it then, which I’m sure will save me many headaches down the road. Now if I could only get the spring barrel open...


"If it ain't broke don't fix it " If the spring(s) is/are intact they will be fine just need a good clean an relubrication



Agreed! Don't overthink this.


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 Post subject: Re: How to get Columbia 161 portable out of its case?
PostPosted: Fri Sep 06, 2019 5:47 pm 
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Victor Jr
“What’s the worst that can happen.” There are times when I rue the day I say these words.
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Well, I've tried everything from penetrating oil to prying to channel locks, but I cannot for the life of me get the spring barrel cover off so I can re-grease the spring. The piece underscored in red has been a pain in my neck as well as my hand for weeks now. Is there something I'm missing?
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 Post subject: Re: How to get Columbia 161 portable out of its case?
PostPosted: Sat Sep 07, 2019 9:33 am 
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You need to clamp the large cog at the base between two blocks of wood in a vice, so that the top lid is vertical, then use a large screwdriver blade to hit the lip of the lid. They can be tough to remove, and in desperation I have resorted to heating the lid with a blowtorch, which melts the old grease holding the lid on.


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