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I've found Acetone or Nitromethane to be the most effective for me for softening cured Loctite.

Loctite sells the latter as LOCTITE 768 X-NMS™. Expensive, but still cheaper than buying a 5 gallon can from the local speed shop.
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(04-09-2022, 02:15 PM)Highpower Wrote: I've found Acetone or Nitromethane to be the most effective for me for softening cured Loctite.

Loctite sells the latter as LOCTITE 768 X-NMS™. Expensive, but still cheaper than buying a 5 gallon can from the local speed shop.

If I'd only known why it was stuck..
Model airplane fuel used to have nitromethane in it. That, methanol, and castor oil. No idea nowadays. Haven't flown an IC model since the sixties.
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(04-09-2022, 09:26 PM)vtsteam Wrote: Model airplane fuel used to have nitromethane in it. That, methanol, and castor oil. No idea nowadays. Haven't flown an IC model since the sixties.

Yup. I had a .60 helo back in the 80's. Ran on about a 12% mix of nitro and methanol if I remember correctly.
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Well also this. No not the steady rest -- I cast and built that. The little metal muncher on the left who will not get out of the way of a camera. Darlene.

She's a rescue dog, supposedly a cross between a Catahoula Leopard dog and an errant dachshund. Frankly, I think she was switched at birth and seems more like half Rottweiler and half Chihuahua. She's murder on a chew toy. Shakes it like a rat. 6 pounds of danger.


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I'll second the loctite fix. I've redone crank pulleys on cars with messed up keyways by thorough cleaning and using the stuff. Never had a failure, but wouldn't want to try to get it off again. I'm talking high revving engines used in autocross, so about as stressful an application as it gets.

As to those chineseium boring bars, I have a secret weapon: the diamond machinists here at work. They have sharpened and reground bits for me that I thought were hopeless. Even the cheap harbor fright stuff works well with the right angles and a good cutting edge. I give them pens and bottle openers as bribes.
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