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Hi. I've been in the process of Spring recommissioning a 1980 S2 9.2C and have encountered a problem with the rigging. As a part of the winter layup, I removed and had the machinist clean and true the turnbuckles and toggle threads. Two turnbuckles are unservicable due to sever galling and need to be replaced. Wire rigging stayed on the mast. The swaged wire studs are galled, but appear servicable. Rig is 1/4" wire w/ 1/2"x24 swaged studs. All hardware is original fitted by S2 and from CS Johnson. Problem 1 is that it appears from From their website, it appears CS Johnson only manufactures this particular turnbuckle in a 1/2"x20 configuration-no help. Haven't serviced the studs on the rigging yet, but suspect I may encounter difficulties with running a die to true the threads due to the severe galling. Wire is as good as new. Toggles down low are ok, serviced turnbuckles turn like butter, and the eyes up high appear fantastic. What to do?
1. Where can I purchase the appropriate 1/2x24 threaded turnbuckle (if such an animal exists)?
2. In the event any of the rigging studs are unservicable, what then? The wire is in perfect shape. Can I safely swage on a longer stud and not change the wire out? Haven't gotten a hold of anybody in the tech department of CS Johnson to see about a couple of custom turned turnbuckles that will fit. I have't come across this 1/2 x24 thread pattern on rigging anywhere.
I don't want to Rube Goldberg the rigging, but she's an old boat. Any ideas short of replacing the standing rigging would be greatly appreciated!