12-04-2015, 10:19 AM
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SuperSpeeds consist of two head designs - the 1947 to 1961 decorative end cap style, and the 1962 to 1986 functional end cap style.

I'm calling them by these names although you could also describe them as taller head / low profile head because this is an easy way for me to describe the repairs I was doing.

To start, a friend had given me a 1954 Z4 SuperSpeed flair tip that was missing an end cap. It shaved great, but I wanted to set an inexperienced DE person up with it (he was using a Weishi and was disappointed with the experience.)

There isn't a great source of end caps. I ended up with a nasty red tip that arrived bent (thanks, eBay seller who thinks if the doors open it's perfect!) and decided the best use of the red tip was to take its end caps. (Which I did, and passed on to a beginner.)

Wait: this isn't that story. This is the other story.

So, I bought a case for my 1958 TV Special, and it came with a 1966 L3 flair tip in it. That was missing an end cap. "Well alright," I thought, "This'll be easy, I'll just use the other end cap off the red tip!"

And that's when I learned that in addition to the lower profile head, the end caps are entirely different.

This is the early end cap construction:

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Here's what it looks like when you're missing an end cap on a later Super Speed:

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1947-1961: the end cap is stamped sheet metal, soldered on. It's completely decorative, covering up the folded brass that makes up the hinge pivot point.
1962-1986: the end cap is metal containing the hinge points and 4 tangs that crimp on the end of the alignment bar.

I ended up buying a 1963 I1 off eBay listed for parts, also missing one end cap. The L3 had good doors, but a trashed baseplate and handle. The I1 had flea-bitten doors, but a lovely baseplate and handle.

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I swapped doors, which you can do with one end cap off, and then figured out that if you straighten the two crimp tangs from the underside of the razor, you can just about remove the end cap.

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I transferred the end cap, and used a jeweler's needle nose to crimp the top and bottom tangs towards each other. It's on nice and solid, the doors open and close perfectly, and now I have a perfectly good SuperSpeed, ready to pass on to a beginner.

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Note the clean 1963 and the parts 1966 on the right.

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Here's the thing with a proper Gillette blade in it:

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And with that, it's ready to go!

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 12-04-2015, 11:03 AM
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 12-06-2015, 01:16 PM
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Have you tried using weishi parts?

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 12-06-2015, 01:18 PM
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(12-06-2015, 01:16 PM)topcatman Wrote: Have you tried using weishi parts?

You know, I have not! I am going to look at one in target and see if the construction is similar enough to borrow parts over.


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 12-06-2015, 01:28 PM
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Nice save there. 
I too like to salvage and fix what I can be it razors, pocket knives, and old music equipment.

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 12-06-2015, 01:51 PM
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They slways say the weishi is a near clone of the superspeed. Personally the t bar seems awful close to my flare. But gillette changed things with the head change.

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 12-06-2015, 02:49 PM
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(12-06-2015, 01:51 PM)topcatman Wrote: They slways say the weishi is a near clone of the superspeed. Personally the t bar seems awful close to my flare. But gillette changed things with the head change.

If you've got photos of the weishi bar underneath that would be interesting.


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 12-06-2015, 04:24 PM
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I've looked at some photos of the Weishi. It looks like it *may* be compatible - if the hinges are the same distance, if the bits that crimp are the same... It uses the same attachment method, but I can't be sure until I see one up close.

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 12-07-2015, 07:20 AM
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A man after my own heart!.
Well done buddy!

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 12-13-2015, 06:24 PM
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Nice Job!

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 12-14-2015, 03:37 PM
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Wow, that's great! Nicely done. I can do certain guitar repairs pretty well, but the parts are so much bigger. Definitely don't have the guts to start working on razors.

Lucky newb...

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 12-14-2015, 03:39 PM
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(12-14-2015, 03:37 PM)chazt Wrote: Wow, that's great! Nicely done. I can do certain guitar repairs pretty well, but the parts are so much bigger. Definitely don't have the guts to start working on razors.

Lucky newb...

I was building guitars in high school, all started from trying to learn to do repairs. I have a headstock project to finish when I make time...

Razors are easy. Ask me about mechanical wristwatches. Also, I may have too many hobbies.

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