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Forum: Restoring Vintage Drums 06-16-2019, 10:54 AM
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Posted By bfulton
Re: How Do You Restore A Speed King

Curing the squeak take it to a whole different level. Iíve found a solution in using hard nylon bearings. But itís labor intensive. Itís also worth it.
If youíd like to solve the damned infernal...
Forum: Restoring Vintage Drums 06-16-2019, 10:45 AM
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Views: 93,514
Posted By bfulton
Re: How Do You Restore A Speed King

Oh, and I don’t worry about being really careful where I direct the heat. The pot metal expands faster the the steel bearing caps and around the hoop clamp.
The chrome cross piece also expands...
Forum: Restoring Vintage Drums 06-16-2019, 10:42 AM
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Posted By bfulton
Re: How Do You Restore A Speed King

After restoring a couple dozen Speed Kings, I found my #1 tool for disassembly and cleaning is a heat gun. I use it to warm the bearing housings to make it easy to pop off the covers. I use it on...
Forum: Restoring Vintage Drums 09-05-2010, 10:12 AM
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Posted By bfulton
Re: How Do You Restore A Speed King

Personally, I wouldn't use motor oil. It would work, but I think it'd leak at some point, whether out the bottom of the post or through the bearing caps.
I used a synthetic grease used commonly on...
Forum: Restoring Vintage Drums 05-30-2010, 10:32 PM
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Posted By bfulton
Re: How Do You Restore A Speed King

Okay, I've refurbished a couple of Speed Kings. The bearing covers are easy to get off by using compressed air. If you have an air compressor... I used to work on old cars.
Take out the screws and...
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