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 HL Panther G Idler Mount Repair

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PostSubject: HL Panther G Idler Mount Repair   Fri Jun 28, 2013 9:47 am

While I was installing the new 400 Motors in the Panther 435, I noticed the right, rear idler repair I did in 2010 was not holding and the crack had returned.

This was my first tank, bought in 2010 and the assembly people at HL had used 3/8" impact guns to tighten the fasteners Shocked  so when I did the rebuild/refinish last year, I did a lot of repairs.  Most held but the plastic collar glued around the idler mount did not.

The idler mount had an O.D. of .435", and was tough to get a piece of metal tube of the right diameter to fit.

Then I got looking at a fired .30-06 cartridge, it looked close, so I cut one and found it to be .405" I.D. 

I got the idea to cut some notches in the cut end, to make a (very) crude milling tool.  I chucked this up in the 3/8" variable speed drill and milled down the O.D. of the mount, it took it to the same size as the I.D. of the cartridge case.

I took another case and made a 1/8" wide ring from it which fit the milled end of the idler mount.  Then I glued it in place and painted it to match.

Posting this as a tip was an after thought, so I did not take pictures of the whole process Embarassed 

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PostSubject: Re: HL Panther G Idler Mount Repair   Fri Jun 28, 2013 12:33 pm

So far Glen, we've seen you fix your tanks with aluminum arrow shafts and bullet casings.

I'd love to see what you could with a ammo shell from a tank! geek

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