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  1. M

    E37 T-track toe-rail removal

    Yes, that's similar to the quote I got. The repair can (and will) be done with the track in place. If I could find a couple of days to work on it it would already be done by now. I'm in So Cal.
  2. M

    E37 T-track toe-rail removal

    PowerPoint... not really the right tool. After decades of generating almost daily presentations at work, you can get pretty quick creating cartoonish graphics with this blunt tool.
  3. M

    E37 T-track toe-rail removal

    Thanks to all for the replies. After spending some time today at the boat, I'm confident an effective repair of the ding can be completed without removing the damn track. The ding is small and has no structural implications whatsoever. It would certainly have been easier with the track out of...
  4. M

    E37 T-track toe-rail removal

    Yes, I've drilled out S/S fasteners before. Most have gone fine... but after getting a quote for replacement track, a failure here would be quite costly. I'd have 14 opportunities to screw it up.
  5. M

    E37 T-track toe-rail removal

    I may try the impact wrench again with heavy vinegar before using the halyard lift approach. I tried previously after penetrating oil without success.
  6. M

    E37 T-track toe-rail removal

    I am liking this approach. The only good halyard lead to the track is the main halyard (it's the aft port-side track). I guess I could bridle 4 cars off that using blocks to balance the load. I will take definitely take it very slowly as I could easily overdo it with a winch.
  7. M

    E37 T-track toe-rail removal

    I like the idea. There's only about 1 thread visible beyond the current nut when fully torqued. I'll see what I can find with thinner nuts... they would have to be pretty darn thin though.
  8. M

    E37 T-track toe-rail removal

    I'm attempting to remove a T-track toe-rail section to repair a small ding near the hull to deck joint of an Express 37, and so far the track is winning. 35 years of galvanic corrosion has bonded the stainless bolts to the aluminum track and the track appears very well bonded to the deck. I went...
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