Bent Lug Repair - Any Suggestion?

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Bent Lug Repair - Any Suggestion?

#1 Post by JerseyMo » Mon Dec 12, 2016 6:24 pm

A very common issue I have come across are bent lugs on a case. The first thought that always comes to mind is "ouch" that has to hurt!
How the heck do you twist something on your wrist with enough force to bend metal?

One method I've had some success with is to heat the area of the bent lug on the stove top burner for a few minutes.
Than place it on concrete floor place a piece of wood over it and tap with a hammer. This at least gets the case level sometimes. But than trying to get
the lug straight is the bigger challenge and most times the lug snaps off.

So have a look at this case from a 1963 Marlin (right) as it sits next to one that is NOS (left) . Yes, the one from 63 is in great cosmetic shape less the bent lugs.

I'm thinking of maybe getting a plumber propane torch to get more heat. Any thoughts or suggestions?
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Re: Bent Lug Repair - Any Suggestion?

#2 Post by stryfox » Mon Dec 12, 2016 6:56 pm

That one looks like someone intentionally bent the lugs to fit an incorrect size strap.
I hate when people do that.
Mapp gas burns much hotter than propane but use caution obviously.
You can use it on the same torch head. You can buy it at any store that sells plumbing stuff.
The bottle will be yellow.
I have a pair of small pliers that has no teeth. I put a neoprene hose over one side. I use the flat metal side against the inside of the lug and the neoprene covered one on the outside to reduce the risk of gouging it.
All metals react differently so that part can be unpredictable.
If the lugs are soldered on heat will just make the lugs come off easier.
Hope this helps.

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Re: Bent Lug Repair - Any Suggestion?

#3 Post by JerseyMo » Mon Dec 12, 2016 7:56 pm

yeah this one dose look like the lugs may have been bent on purpose. But I don't see any sign of pliers marks or dings from a hammer blow.
Thinking maybe they used a bench vise to squeeze the lugs. No matter, I'll give the torch a try and see how it goes. Worst that can happen is I use
that NOS case as back up for this one.

Reason I want to save this one is because 1963 was a transition year where Timex used two different movements.
One was the older #22 and the other the newer #24. This one is a #22 which is getting harder to find these days. That could be because I hoard them :)

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Re: Bent Lug Repair - Any Suggestion?

#4 Post by Dadistic » Thu Dec 15, 2016 10:30 am

JerseyMo wrote:Reason I want to save this one is because 1963 was a transition year where Timex used two different movements.
One was the older #22 and the other the newer #24. This one is a #22 which is getting harder to find these days. That could be because I hoard them :)
Aha!

Now I get it, you've got them all. Need a set lever for a #22, but am having trouble finding one or a donor movement :-)

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Re: Bent Lug Repair - Any Suggestion?

#5 Post by JerseyMo » Thu Dec 15, 2016 1:26 pm

#22 set lever? add a pic f what you are looking for
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