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Slick Repair To Tie Rod Ends
Weaver's Welding & Casting, Corbin, Ky. (ph 606 523-4395): "I run a small welding shop and a neighbor brought in a tie rod end from his MF 50 backhoe. The "ball" had popped out of its socket from wear. I cut a piece of 2-in. bar stock and chucked it into my old South Bend lathe and turned out a new socket "cap", contouring the inner edge to match the ball. I then cut the old crimped cap part off the end and mig-welded mine on in place.
  "I did the first rod end two years ago and recently did the other one. They're working great, especially since I tapped grease zerks into the ends. The MF dealer wanted $400 per new tie rod end. I charged $70 for the two repairs."

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2000 - Volume #24, Issue #2