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#1 JD DANNELS OFFLINE  

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Posted May 11, 2016 - 08:14 PM

Was at NAPA today looking for shim stock. They said they had not carried any for years. So I went to the John Deere store to get head gaskets for my 318.
Had to order and they should be in tomorrow afternoon. Asked about shim stock and they said they had not used any in years?
Where do you get shim stock?
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Posted May 11, 2016 - 08:34 PM

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Posted May 11, 2016 - 08:35 PM

Looks like Fastenal sell it in the U.S.A. according to their website  It is not nearly as popular as it used to be but should still be available from an industrial supply house if Fastenal can't help you. 


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Posted May 11, 2016 - 09:04 PM

I have two five gallon pails of it in the loft if you need some.

You meant plastic ones for cabinet installation, right?
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Posted May 11, 2016 - 09:23 PM

If you get in a big bind, try cutting a beer can or coke can. I've done that before when I was lucky enough for it to be the right thickness.

I'm surprised NAPA didn't have it in the Balkamp catalog.
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Posted May 11, 2016 - 10:53 PM

Enco has it --15 pc assortments  6" x 12" sheets --steel or brass--made in USA

 

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Posted May 12, 2016 - 06:29 AM

How big a piece do you need? I keep a cheap set of filler gauges on hand to use for small shims. Watch yard sells and flea markets to pick up replacements.


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Posted May 12, 2016 - 09:42 AM

I have used tin flashing before. not sure the thickness.


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Posted May 12, 2016 - 11:00 AM

I have two five gallon pails of it in the loft if you need some.

You meant plastic ones for cabinet installation, right?

No I usually cut strips from an oil can or anti-freeze bottle if I need plastic shims.

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Posted May 12, 2016 - 11:01 AM

If you get in a big bind, try cutting a beer can or coke can. I've done that before when I was lucky enough for it to be the right thickness.

I'm surprised NAPA didn't have it in the Balkamp catalog.

I had considered that

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Posted May 12, 2016 - 11:11 AM

I might as well fess up to what I am doing. The intake valve seat came out of my Onan. Machine shop told me I would have to strip the block so they could machine it for an oversize seat. Cost of machining and a complete rebuild would make a repower with a new Briggs Vanguard, seem wiser.  The seat pocket was a few thou oversize. Told the mechanic at John Deere what I was trying to do. They diplomatically told me I was out of my mind(I have been hearing that all my life, so it did not hurt my feelings). But said If I wanted to try patching it together till I could swing a repower to try JB welding it in and staking it. So I did that yesterday afternoon. Lapped the valve this morning and will have the gaskets this afternoon.


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Posted May 12, 2016 - 11:15 AM

How big a piece do you need? I keep a cheap set of filler gauges on hand to use for small shims. Watch yard sells and flea markets to pick up replacements.

I thought of that after I JB welded it in.






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