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Classic, Vintage & Veteran For Coventry and Meriden Models. Anything pre-Hinckley goes.

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Old 11-19-2012, 11:20 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Not that I would, but you can buy replacement non allen headed screws if you are worried about authentic looks. Me, I'm more worried about getting a good seal and removal of the screws when I need to
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Old 11-19-2012, 03:14 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I had some stubborn crosshead screws on my B40, I used a cordless drill as a type of impact driver by using the torque settings.

Make sure all the crud is cleaned out of the screw heads use a brand new pozi bit directly in the chuck ( the magnetic holders allow the bit to rock ) set the drills torque setting to it's min setting. Hold the drill firmly and square in the screw, give the drill a spin and then click slowly up the torque settings. The pluses from the drill should free the screws off. Obviously if the screws don't budge and the torque setting is getting quite high stop however this method worked on all my tough screws.
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Old 11-21-2012, 06:03 PM   #13 (permalink)
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When you replace the cross headed screws with allan screws, don't be tempted to overtighten them when you do them up. It's very easy to do, and you'll end up damaging the threads in the relatively soft alloy of the casings. That's the only advantage (apart from keeping the looks original) of the cross heads, I've replaced them at every opportunity with allan headed screws on every bike I've owned.
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Old 11-22-2012, 09:48 PM   #14 (permalink)
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I noticed that Lowes now sells Pozidrive bits.
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Old 11-23-2012, 12:01 AM   #15 (permalink)
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The correct bit is a posi-driv .
With the right one,take a plastic head shock hammer and sharply tap thru the screwdriver to loosen the threads.

Looks like a standard phillips head bit isn't

Mine were changed over to allen type fittings.

You can also dip the screw point in a bit of valve grinding paste if the tip doesn't fit perfectly. It will give you extra grip. The important thing here is the point must fit snugly, put pressure on it in anti-clock wise to release it, and then give it a sharp smack on the screw driver head.
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