I'm working on tearing the rudder system apart on my 42 and I've hit a road block. The bolts in the rudder arms, steel, are now a permanent fixture in the arms due to severe corrosion preventing me from removing them. I'm thinking I may have to cut them off. 

Are these still readily available? 

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Captain Mike

Try contacting , Henry Smith & Sons in Algonac . They were a supplier to Chris Craft back in the day .

Tim

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Hey,

question, did you happen to replace all the hydraulic lines? And the pump and reservoir as well?

curious cause if you did. I need guidance 

For now this boat is all mechanical steering 

Justin Mcgeachy said:

Hey,

question, did you happen to replace all the hydraulic lines? And the pump and reservoir as well?

curious cause if you did. I need guidance 

Algonac castings was also a supplier.

Heres their website https://algonacmarinecast.com/ 

What kind of bolts are you looking at?  Looking at pics of my rudder arms, they all seem like normal bolts.  The bolts in the arms that let the two helms unlock from the rudder arms, where the two plates pivot, look like shoulder bolts.  Or maybe tapered suspension bolts.

They look like something I should take apart and grease while I can.

mike, shoot us some pictures, cant you puts some heat on it and start hitting it with a cold chisel to loosen, trying to envision your access and how it differs form the aft cabin. My hardest project was replacing a rudder port, mine was cracked, it had to be removed and welded up and reinstalled. Would love to discuss your Cummins, very nice boat you have !!!

B

The rudder port is cracked, that and the severe corrosion on the hardware is the reason I'm taking the rudders out. I'm going to try penetrating oil, heat and beat today. If that doesn't work, maybe I'll try to drill them out, doing that freehand in a small space doesn't lend itself to good results though. Last will be to cut them open.


Byron Smith said:

mike, shoot us some pictures, cant you puts some heat on it and start hitting it with a cold chisel to loosen, trying to envision your access and how it differs form the aft cabin. My hardest project was replacing a rudder port, mine was cracked, it had to be removed and welded up and reinstalled. Would love to discuss your Cummins, very nice boat you have !!!

B

They list them. Wonder how long it would take to get them, and how much. Peter Henkel was telling me they doubled their prices recently.

Jeremy Goldstein said:

Algonac castings was also a supplier.

Heres their website https://algonacmarinecast.com/ 

It looks like you can get a hacksaw blade in the slots in the arms, to cut the pinch bolts.  That would get the arms off the rudder post. 

The pinch bolts look like ordinary bolts, you should be able to source stainless or silicon-bronze or similar for install.

If heat and beat doesn't work I planned on attacking it there with a deathwheel. I'm not worried about finding bolts, I have family in the fastener business 

Scott Miller said:

It looks like you can get a hacksaw blade in the slots in the arms, to cut the pinch bolts.  That would get the arms off the rudder post. 

The pinch bolts look like ordinary bolts, you should be able to source stainless or silicon-bronze or similar for install.

Mike, You are correct about the pricing at AMC (probably more than doubled recently). But I have a lot of inventory that was made before recent increases, so may be able to help. I might have the arms as well as the ports. Please call or text with specifics.

John

chrisparts.com

941-795-0292

I got them out, penetrating oil, bigger hammer, heat beat and repeat. I don't think I'll be putting steel bolts back in there. 

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