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Chris Tyler

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Flattening an alloy footplate
« on: April 21, 2020, 06:48:11 PM »
Hi
If a Rickman Commando falls over on the driveway & nobody saw it fall? Did it make any noise?
Or was that just me when I found it!
Can't believe how lucky I have been. Well other than it falling over! Didn't damage the tank,bent the brake lever (adds to the old warrior look) However went to put it back in the garage & couldn't get it out of gear! Footpeg has taken the brunt of the fall & bent forward at the same time putting a bend into the alloy footrest plate & trapping the gearchange linkage.
Best way to flatten the alloy plate? Heat & a vice? Or hammer it flat? It's 6mm alloy.
Thanks Chris

tony hierons

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Re: Flattening an alloy footplate
« Reply #1 on: April 21, 2020, 09:06:12 PM »
Hi Cris
Heat and persuasion is best to flow the metal. Heat up support in line with bend bit of wood or lump of metal on line of bend thump with no2 copper and hide or mallet and check, may need several thumps.
Good luck
Tony

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Re: Flattening an alloy footplate
« Reply #2 on: April 22, 2020, 09:28:00 AM »
Cold work Aluminium  Chris.  The temp process of aluminium is a crystal stage so Ali becomes brittle as temp rises. Have you tried dropping it the other way to balance it out.  :)
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Chris Tyler

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Re: Flattening an alloy footplate
« Reply #3 on: April 22, 2020, 11:10:38 AM »
Hi Tony
Thanks for the advice.
Andy that made me laugh.
Strong gusts of wind & my paddock stand is now twisted.
Will sort the footplate today
Chris

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Re: Flattening an alloy footplate
« Reply #4 on: April 22, 2020, 07:07:11 PM »
All sorted.
Thanks