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Rusty hydrolift piston rod

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Buickgsman
This is from the rusty mess Landlord 101 I am parting out. The pump looks to be in good shape and the lever moves free. I was disappointed to find the cylinder rod is rusty crusty. Is that something I can make on the lathe out of some stainless steel rod or do i need to just suck it up and find another cylinder? Thanks! Bob


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BLT
You are going to find that rod harder then what stainless can be. And I don't know if stainless will give you that mirror finish. Is there any chance you can get it to clean up with crocus cloth?

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Willy
If it isn't pitted you could probably clean it up. I cleaned one up by chucking it the drillpress and used 400 wetdry and wet it down with WD-40, it cleand up good depends on how bad it rusted. Good Luck

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steve-wis
You can buy chrome plated shafting for a replacement if needed. Not sure where but would try McMaster Carr or MSC supply. The chrome can be turned off if you would need to turn the ends. Steve

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RayS


This is a NOS rod. I won two of them in the past on ebay. They were never chrome plated or atleast the two news ones that I have were not. I thought making them in the past. I would think if you found a piece of cold rolled or tool steel you could use that. The one end would need to be turned down to 7/16" to thread it. Even thought about having my NOS rod chrome plated to avoid the rust.

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Buickgsman
Thats interesting Ray, I might look into making a few. I'll probe around and try to find a good material to make them from. I'm leaning towards a stainless and will let you all know what I come up with. Bob

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