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M5A1 Tracks

Post by halifaxgroup » Mon Oct 21, 2019 8:49 am

I am looking to restart a conversation, and looking for advise regarding the restoration of Stuart rubber track. My end game is to have my current track pads vulcanized. I plan on using Northpoint in Akron, Ohio. At this point all of the track wedges and guides have been removed, bead blasted and primed. So I now have a pile of very well worn individual track pads.

I need to have the old rubber removed. I know burning is not an option. I have also read that sandblasting is not an option since the sand will most likely bounce off. I started removal with an air chisel, but with limited success.

Any help and advise is welcome.

Thanks in advance.

Paul
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Re: M5A1 Tracks

Post by emptyhead2 » Mon Oct 21, 2019 9:06 am

If you could get them cold enough to maybe breakoff

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Re: M5A1 Tracks

Post by tankanic » Mon Oct 21, 2019 10:08 am

tire cutter? I have a similar one and it would make quicker work than by hand
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Re: M5A1 Tracks

Post by Don Shaffer » Mon Oct 21, 2019 3:31 pm

The Company is Starpoint and they do Great work. We took one track block up to Top Dead Center by Cleveland and they do Water jet work ! It won't be cheap ! But they can cut right through the old rubber. Don Shaffer N.E. Ohio

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Re: M5A1 Tracks

Post by jesse » Mon Oct 21, 2019 4:14 pm

If you heat the steel, the rubber should fall off. Induction heater maybe?


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Re: M5A1 Tracks

Post by halifaxgroup » Tue Oct 22, 2019 4:49 am

All great ideas. Thanks!

I got some liquid nitrogen in a large styrofoam container at the welding shop. Not really an option considering the time spent, cost and marginal results. The tire cutter is a GREAT option and one I will consider it as Plan B.

Plan A. There is a water jet facility rather close and I never thought of that as an option. I plan on heading there tomorrow. Film at 11! Paul
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Re: M5A1 Tracks

Post by brian in denver » Sat Nov 09, 2019 9:47 am

heard somewhere, that someone was giving water jet a try, have to be careful, not to damage the rollers
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Re: M5A1 Tracks

Post by 8683jb » Sat Nov 09, 2019 12:45 pm

Paul - when I was younger and even dumber than I am now, I dumped a harmonic balancer in Berryman’s parts dip/carburetor cleaner, not realizing what it would do the rubber. It swelled it out to where the balancer nearly separated. Maybe that would soften the rubber up enough to peel it off?
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Re: M5A1 Tracks

Post by halifaxgroup » Sat Nov 09, 2019 9:37 pm

The local water jet shop gave me a price of $46.50 per pad, and not 100% of the rubber will be off. At 132 pads that comes to $6,138. So, plan B. Going to buy the rubber tire cutter/groover and see how it works cutting through the rubber. I really appreciate that idea. I do have a set of steel tracks so I do have another option if this does not pan out as hoped. Film at 11! Paul
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Re: M5A1 Tracks

Post by brian in denver » Sun Nov 10, 2019 8:14 am

ouch. seems a bit excessive.

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Re: M5A1 Tracks

Post by Kim Sievert » Thu Nov 14, 2019 11:44 am

Remember, there is rubber between the track pad pins and track pad itself.
Do not heat or use chemicals, that can damage rubber.
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