Petcock rebuild


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OldguyGlen
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Petcock rebuild

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I am embarrassed to admit to this hack-job rebuild, but here goes...
I got the parts with my Randakk's carb kit, and I read his blog about technique.
But I failed miserably in the "carefully drill out the rivets".
Being Mr. Frugal, I pressed on with the rebuild rather than source a replacement petcock.
I drilled a clearance hole for 3mm screws. I don't know the actual size... probably 1/8", or slightly smaller. My bits are old, chewed up & hard to read. I mic'd it at about 3mm diam. The local hardware had 3mm- 0.5 screws of various lengths. Got 2 screws, with 2 nuts each. Re-assembled, with two jam nuts at the back, and a drop of blue locktite. Looks bad, but seems to be leakfree. No one can see the backside once installed, so I won't have to "explain" it to casual observers.
Aside from the self-respect issues, do you guys think this is acceptable????

Petcock with hack-job replacement screws.
Petcock with hack-job replacement screws.



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jaimenv
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Re: Petcock rebuild

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Yes
It is totally acceptable.
I strongly believe function over cosmetics.
Jaime
When there is some you don't want none, when there is none you want some :cry: .
You can please some people some of the time, but not all the people all of the time :roll: .
Do what you can, with what you have, while you can ;) .
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Re: Petcock rebuild

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If it works and doesn't leak - then you should be proud of your achievement.

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Re: Petcock rebuild

Post by newday777 »

Or you could use nyloc nuts. I prefer to use stainless steel on hardware when possible. It helps keep to have rust free hardware.
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ConWonTheDon1100
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Re: Petcock rebuild

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If you didn't break the thing and it works, I'd say it's allll good!


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