Re: [CR]shifter repair question

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Date: Thu, 1 May 2008 21:37:04 -0700
From: "Don Williams" <>
To: "Tom Hayes" <>
Subject: Re: [CR]shifter repair question
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cc: Classic Rendezvous <>

Hi Tom...

The cable head is made out of lead... VERY low melting point,

Around 620 F vs Aluminum at 1220F... See where I'm going?

Get a butane torch. (don't even try a lighter) Heat the lead side. Wear a heavy glove! Just as it drips melts, shut off the torch, put it down and pull on the cable strands with some side cutters... It'll pull right out. Watch where the lead dripps it's 620F!

I've done it... Be careful... If you catch on fire... I never heard of this email....

Don Williams Woodinville Washington USA

On Thu, May 1, 2008 at 6:26 PM, Tom Hayes <> wrote:
> Anyone have an easy solution (or given my current state of four of them in
> this condition, I will accept a difficult solution) for NR shifters that
> have the head of the cable stuck in them. The head won't budge; no place to
> get a bite on the head. My latest attempt was to drill it with a dremmel
> and very thin drill bit, only to have two of the bits break.
> Thanks for the help and for giving me something to think about while
> traveling to Trexlertown tomorrow.
> Cheers.
> Tom Hayes
> Chagrin Falls, Ohio USA