Petcock rebuild

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Petcock rebuild

Post by OldguyGlen » Mon Mar 11, 2019 3:09 pm

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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Re: Petcock rebuild

Post by jaimenv » Mon Mar 11, 2019 8:29 pm

It is totally acceptable.
I strongly believe function over cosmetics.
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

Post by Aussie81Interstate » Mon Mar 11, 2019 9:21 pm

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 » Wed Mar 13, 2019 7:35 am

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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Re: Petcock rebuild

Post by ConWonTheDon1100 » Sun Mar 17, 2019 4:38 pm

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

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