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Hub carrier repair

PostPost by: bulfin » Tue Mar 17, 2015 6:52 pm

HI,

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My hub carrier (Issue 18) is broken; the metal from the circlip groove to the end is pretty much gone. (DONT ASK HOW :D ) After searching the database, I found one comment about repairing this part bu cutting more off, welding new on and then remachining. I know to weld aluminum takes expertise. I also don't know how much force is on the circlip. So here are some questions:

Is repair a reasonable thing to do, assuming I can find a competent shop?

Anyone have a used right side they would like to sell?

Any problem using the old left one with a new right? I know several British shops sell them - any recommendation who to buy from.

Thanks,

Bob
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PostPost by: rgh0 » Tue Mar 17, 2015 9:35 pm

Doing the repair is certainly technically possible. One of my Plus 2 hub carriers had the inside circlip retaining section machined off and a new ring welded on and machined. This was done more than 30 years ago before I bought the car and it has given no problems since. Whether it is economically viable versus a new replacement would depend on what it costs you locally for either option.

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PostPost by: tvacc » Wed Mar 18, 2015 5:53 pm

Well new ones are like $1100. I have a set here that we had a repair done to much like you describe. I might be able to sell those. I will take a photo tonight and post it. It needs the bottom metal cap.
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PostPost by: bulfin » Thu Mar 19, 2015 8:37 pm

Thanks Tony, that may be an option.

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PostPost by: CBUEB1771 » Sun Mar 22, 2015 2:23 pm

New hub carriers are 324 GBP from Tony Thompson Racing. At today's exchange rate that is about $486. The casting and machining quality of the new pieces make original ones look pretty poor. An easy choice in my book. If you order from Tony Thompson on Monday morning you are likely to have your parts in the US in time for the weekend. I have no financial interest in Tony Thompson, just a satisfied customer.
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PostPost by: tvacc » Sun Mar 22, 2015 2:40 pm

Oh wow. I never thought about TTR. When I called around here in the states last year to the usual suppliers, they were $1100 for the pair. But as I think about, the difference between then and now is probably the exchange rate.
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PostPost by: CBUEB1771 » Sun Mar 22, 2015 3:10 pm

Tony,
When the exchange rate was about $1.65/GBP, a pair of hub carriers from TTR would have been about $1100 including shipping. However Bob has a broken Issue 18 hub carrier and TTR's are also the Issue 18 pattern so there is no need to replace both.
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PostPost by: bulfin » Tue Mar 24, 2015 9:50 pm

Hi,

Thanks for all the info - I just bit the bullet and ordered a new one.

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