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I'm still arm wrestling with Jack Helms and he's still winning.

There are few parts of my 1975 Helms I haven't repaired replaced or improved. I admit I have been avoiding the standing rigging, here's why.

Mine is in excellent shape and and tunes well enough. I've saliled this rig 20 yrs. and I strongly believe it is original. Yup 37 yrs old and exclusively used in salt last 30 yrs.
Preventative maintenience says replace it, and I agree especially since Metal Fatigue is an accumilitative stress phenomenon.



Here's the issue.
I've disassembled shroud ends and can't pass the swage from either end thru spreader tip. Current spreader tip is solid insert into 3/4" st. stl tubing secured by rivet. I can drill out rivet to release but then the shroud still is "trapped" on the tip.

Got a suggestion? Better way?

I believe I'll grind from end a deep groove down to drilled hole. I would be able to release shroud and I could drill and tap #6's w/sheet metal cover. I am intent on retaining my near perfect standing rig as spare so I obviously don't wish to merely cut it away and additionally I have to reinstall the new shroud.
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Re: I'm still arm wrestling with Jack Helms and he's still winning.

Well, you could drill out the rivet, have it threaded for a proper machine screw, and just give the half-assed spreader tips to the rigger saying "do it the same way". Ten or twenty years from now, eh, does it really matter?
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Re: I'm still arm wrestling with Jack Helms and he's still winning.

Won this round. My standing rig isn't damaged now i can retain the old as spare
And 10-20 yrs from now I'll still care
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Re: I'm still arm wrestling with Jack Helms and he's still winning.

Nice job David! Put some Tef-Gel on those threads so they don't react with the SS/Alum ( I know you know that, but for the benefit of others).
Did you have your spreader tips covered with those vinyl covers and wrapped in tape? I have been told that will hold salt moisture and cause corrosion at that point. Yours look in great shape. I actually used Rescue Tape on the vinyl covers to hold them on. Works well.
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Re: I'm still arm wrestling with Jack Helms and he's still winning.

I wire brushed the ends after sawing prior to drilling. The Alum. Is a marine grade not annodized. I'll probably hit it with a few coats of "Rattle-Can" paint
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To have all standing rigging ready for the rigging shop this weekend.
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