Re: Bent crank handle Mitchell 300

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Posted by Bluewater Cowboy ( on June 20, 2003 at 01:40:06:

In Reply to: Bent crank handle Mitchell 300 posted by Ole' Joe on June 19, 2003 at 21:04:45:

YES, definitely remove the handle before attempting to straighten it! It should unscrew counter-clockwise - like a normal nut.

If the chrome, or polished metal is still in good shape, then use pieces of rubber, like from bicycle inner tubes, to protect the finish when using tools. If you have a vise, then insert the handle, leaving the knob exposed, and then tighten the vise as tight as you can - leaving it like that for a couple of days. If you don't have a vise, or you're in a hurry to make the repair, then clamp the crank end in a pair of vise-grip pliers and hand it to a friend with good hand/arm strength. Take a clean 3/8" box-end wrench and insert it over the knob, with the angled end canted upward, and then around the tip of the handle - let it hang. Again, protect the finish with your material and then slowly, and gently, start pushing the wrench downward and toward your buddy until you feel movement. Check for straightness after every attempt.

Be very careful so you don't over-stress the metal and break it.

Good luck,

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