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Old 07-30-10, 11:25 AM   #1
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2 Qs. 1. campy record crank bolt removal 2. paint stripping

question 1:
This is a very elementary problem for most of you, but i'm relatively new to this game and this is my first campy crank ever.

1a. How do i remove the center bolt from the a record strada crank to get my crank-puller in? - none my sockets are narrow enough to get at the bolt. i don't really want to shave my current socket down b/c i don't have the type of tools to do it.
1b. will i need a special crank-pull for the job once i get the bolt out?


2. I have this fork. i'm 99% sure it was full chrome at one time. the problem, is that it is currently painted white. I'm sure this has been covered extensively, but what is the best way to go about stripping the paint off without damaging the potential chrome underneath? i.e., what kind cheap easy to find product would you use? It is not a rattle can paint job - but that is all i know. and yes, i can see the rust poking through the white paint... hope it isn't too bad.

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Old 07-30-10, 11:40 AM   #2
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A Sears Craftsman 3/8" drive socket will fit.

Paint stripper works well for stripping paint.
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Old 07-30-10, 11:47 AM   #3
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If the craftsman socket doesn't work a 15mm Snap-On, 3/8 drive should. Or really any socket that has a thin wall. Or you could find someone that has the Campy peanut butter wrench (You know its a cool tool with its own Wiki Entry), or buy one, or finally take it to a shop.

+1 to the paint stripper.
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Old 07-30-10, 11:49 AM   #4
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The correct tool for the 15mm crank bolt is the socalled 'peanut butter' wrench, Campy part # 769. But some sockets, like Craftsman should fit.

Any standard crank puller will pull the arms.
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+3 from the guys above.

One thing you don't want to do is get in a big damn hurry and use your crank puller on the socket. I'm embarrassed to say that was the route I took and actually snapped the crank puller socket! Well, it took a little beating from a rubber mallet as well, but I broke the crank puller socket and broke it good. Luckily, not only does Park have phenomenal parts but the same level of customer service as I explained the situation and got the socket replaced free. They made a customer for life by doing that.

So, bottom line, use a 14mm or 15mm socket!
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Don't forget to remove the washer (if there is one) after you remove the crankbolt and before you use the crank puller!
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Same as above....

15mm Craftsman socket and regular paint stripper. I've actually had good luck with aerosole paint stripper from the local auto parts store.
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Don't forget to remove the washer (if there is one) after you remove the crankbolt and before you use the crank puller!
I made this mistake recently. Thankfully it was just the OEM crank on a '84 P18T mixte which was to be upraged anyway. I learned my lesson.
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thanks for all the tips guys!
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If the craftsman socket doesn't work a 15mm Snap-On, 3/8 drive should. Or really any socket that has a thin wall. Or you could find someone that has the Campy peanut butter wrench (You know its a cool tool with its own Wiki Entry), or buy one, or finally take it to a shop.

+1 to the paint stripper.
The Craftsman socket will fit. I wouldn't have said so if I didn't know for sure.
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Park Tools make (or made) "peanut butter" wrenches in various sizes, I have several older ones, including the cool 14/15/tire lever/allen wrench one. They also make these, so you can pop-a-top after your job is done!
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A Sears Craftsman 3/8" drive socket will fit.
As will a Sears Craftsman 15mm socket, which is after all the nominal size of the bolt.

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Paint stripper works well for stripping paint.
Be aware that although the fork may well be chromed under the paint, they may not have taken particular care to fully polish those parts they expected would be covered by paint.
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As will a Sears Craftsman 15mm socket, which is after all the nominal size of the bolt.


Be aware that although the fork may well be chromed under the paint, they may not have taken particular care to fully polish those parts they expected would be covered by paint.
I agree. I think too many people see a glint of chrome and go all out to strip and fork or frame only to discover the chrome was meant to be painted over and not the fancy "show chrome"

what kind of fork is it?
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The Craftsman socket will fit. I wouldn't have said so if I didn't know for sure.
I'm not saying your were wrong, however I have had some Craftsman sockets that were were thicker than some and would not fit.
Its called "crappy Q.A." and personal experience, it wasn't an attack.
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