Fixing g1 Toys (little metal Pins)

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  1. KWFlange

    KWFlange You're So Jelly

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    Does anyone happen to know either:
    A. Where I could find replacements to the little pins used for G1 Transformers toy joints (in this case power glide)
    B. If there is anything else that would work as well.

    I found my G1 powerglide today and his arm is disconnected because the pin has falen out at some point in time.

    This pin appears to be the same size as the ones which connect G1 Targetmaster Hotrod's arms (Shoulder joint).

    Thanks all!
     
  2. G1Prowl

    G1Prowl Autobot Strategist

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    I'd love to know that myself, I found a Powerglide at a local pawn shop and he needs the pin that connects the wing to the hinge.
     
  3. Jingjing

    Jingjing Well-Known Member

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    I use pop rivets as connector pins. Just chop of the rivet and polish the pin a bit, attach it and it's done.

    My Triggerhappy;

    Original pin;

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    Rivet pin;
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  4. KWFlange

    KWFlange You're So Jelly

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    Awesome! Thank you for the response! Is there a particular size you use? Worst case, i can probably eyeball the size pretty well.
     
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    Are these available at normal hardware stores?
     
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    Jingjing Well-Known Member

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    No problem :)  Nah, since the circumference varies a lot from different Transformers I mostly eyeball them in the store, often I have to grind them a bit since it's hard to find a perfect match. My father is a handy man, so we have a big chunk of these at my parents house.
    Yeah, they are in Sweden. I know that they are available in the US, but I have no idea if they're available in all the regular hardware stores, as they are here. Google it!
     
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    MegaMoonMan www.megamoonman.com TFW2005 Supporter

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    I've also heard that piano wire works well, and of course, it comes in pretty much any diameter you'd need.
     
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    I would imagine piano wire would indeed be a good choice. I used a coathanger once, but it was an unusually large pin in the first place. Any steel wire that came on a spool would be cool, because the slight bend would help it stay in.
     
  10. KWFlange

    KWFlange You're So Jelly

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    I could not find any pop rivets anywhere near the size I wanted (but my local store has limited choices in most everything). However I actually found something that is perfect. At your local hardware store you should be able to find what is called "music wire" (I am unsure of whether or not this is the same as the piano wire others had mentioned.) You want the gauge to be ".078". The stuff I bought came in a pack of 3 and is about 3 ft long each (enough for your whole collection!). It ran me $3.29 before taxes.
    I also bought hand held bolt cutters both because I have needed a new set for a while and because this stuff is really heavy duty. I also recommend sanding it a bit. It seems to be the same size as the other bolts but it moves a little nicer after a short sanding.

    to recap:
    Music Wire .078 gauge (It comes in steel and brass)

    I've attached a pic of my newly fixed power glide!

    EDIT: Wanted to point out, the left arm is held by what I just bought in-case you didn't notice the new looking shine or my terrible cut job =)
     

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