12-03-2015, 04:40 PM
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VTMAX was nice enough to sell me a broken 102 head. I hate how sometimes when something sells, you never get to see the follow-up, so I'd like to post what I've done so far.

Let's start with the problem. Here's VTMAX's picture:

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I had thought about fixing it by butt-welding (heh heh, butt) some M5 aluminum rod onto the stub where the threaded stud used to be. I bought the alumaloy rod and put MAPP gas on my torch. It was very easy to melt the rod. Then I started to think - the 102 head is cast aluminum. What if Greg used an alloy, and it melts when I bring the torch close?

The other problem with this plan was that my tap and die set was China's finest, and the M5 die would not put threads on aluminum. Quality tools, ladies and gentlemen, remember to buy quality tools.

The new plan.

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Drill, baby! Here, I've set the top cap on a shim to get the stub vertical. This is one issue of repairing a slant head like the 102.

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I drilled at 1/16, on up to 3/32. This was so I could tap for a 4-40 machine screw.

TIP: When trying to start a hole and you don't want the drill bit to creep, put a diamond tipped dremel bit in the drill press and use almost no pressure (where have I heard that before?) - it will mark the center, and if you don't like where it's centered, try again. When you've got it, then go a little deeper with the dremel bit, followed by drill bits.

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Here, I've drilled, tapped, and threaded in a 4-40 screw. I cut the head off of it.

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Clearly no handle is going to fit on this. I'm not done yet.

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What I've done here is take an M5x0.8 screw with phillips head, and done some work on it.

  1. Clamp screw below drill press.
  2. Drill dead center in the phillips +.
  3. Drill to 3/32 progressively.
  4. Tap screw for 4-40.

I either didn't tap deep enough or made the 4-40 screw too long. I ended up cutting 5 threads off the 4-40 screw.

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This smells like victory. It goes on, it functions (shaved with it this morning, thankyouverymuch) and it could be job done.

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It's not pretty. I'll be redoing this shortly. I'm going to buy some stainless M5 screws, and instead of clamping the screw for the drill press, I'm going to tap a metal plate for M5 and that way the drill press table will hold it vertical in all planes. Once I've done that, I'll make the two butt ends (stub and screw) meet cleanly, and put thread locker on the assembly (minus handle, obviously.)

I want to thank VTMAX for selling it to me. This wasn't a very smart purchase financially - that is, if I bought a complete razor with handle, I'd be talking somewhere around 60-75 I think, handles tend to go for around 30, and I bought the head broken for $35 I think. I'm grateful I had the chance to figure out how to fix it, and if anyone breaks theirs (I have a 102 baseplate from someone who broke theirs and threw the cap away, so it can happen) now you know there's a path to making it useful again.

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 12-03-2015, 04:48 PM
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Very cool Victor. I think it's awesome how u took something deemed useless to most and brought it back to life! Thank u for sharing.


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 12-03-2015, 07:17 PM
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Victor, Nice to see you were able to salvage the top cap! Other than that it was brand new. A great project to save a nice shaver.

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 12-03-2015, 07:29 PM
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Great job and I hope you enjoy the shaver! Thumbsup  Just curious how the center-post snapped.

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 12-03-2015, 08:38 PM
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(12-03-2015, 07:29 PM)celestino Wrote: Great job and I hope you enjoy the shaver! Thumbsup  Just curious how the center-post snapped.

I don't know - VTMAX?

As I say, I have one other baseplate from another fellow who snapped his center post and threw out the cap. It does happen (at least more than once?)

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 12-04-2015, 02:17 AM
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It arrived that way new from the vendor. He replaced it immediately and was nice to let me keep the original.

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 12-04-2015, 10:55 AM
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(12-03-2015, 04:40 PM)vmarks Wrote: VTMAX was nice enough to sell me a broken 102 head. 

When I first read this I thought "Man, that VTMAX is a shady SOB"   24  LOL!
Well done on the repair.  Interesting read.

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 12-04-2015, 01:05 PM
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(12-04-2015, 10:55 AM)Mr_Smartepants Wrote:
(12-03-2015, 04:40 PM)vmarks Wrote: VTMAX was nice enough to sell me a broken 102 head. 

When I first read this I thought "Man, that VTMAX is a shady SOB"   24  LOL!
Well done on the repair.  Interesting read.

That VTMAX is a gentlemen and all around good guy. Months earlier I bought an OSS handle from him. Originally he was just going to sell the baseplate only, but I got lucky that he still had the top cap.


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 12-04-2015, 01:11 PM
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Agreed. I was just kidding. Wink

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 12-04-2015, 01:30 PM
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I wish my twin 15 year old girls would say such nice things to dad! Angel
I have grown to really enjoy the shave this razor head provides.  Nice and smooth...an interesting take on a slant that works on one or many more days growth.
Love the Super Iridiums in the 102.

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