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 Posted: Wed May 1st, 2019 07:54 pm
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Mike Boyink
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The aluminum fins on the Mathes fan I picked up aren't in the best of shape. Some are bent, some seem stretched. Any tips for getting them straight? And keeping them that way?

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 Posted: Fri May 10th, 2019 08:11 pm
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Mike Boyink
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Alternatively, any clever ideas for creating a new grill? I hate to do it, but I'm not finding any hope for these soft aluminum fins.

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 Posted: Sun May 12th, 2019 12:08 pm
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What I have done in the past is to lay the grill on a flat surface, take two pairs of soft jaw pliers and gently grab each end of the fin and start pulling away from the middle. It takes time and you may have to go over the grill several times to get the results you want. Not all of the fins will pull tight if stretched badly, but they'll be better. Spray on mag wheel cleaner will make the grill bright again...

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 Posted: Sun May 12th, 2019 12:12 pm
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Another view. I have done about 15 of these critters over the years. All the grills needed attention. Most are in the museum...

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 Posted: Sun May 12th, 2019 02:17 pm
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Knipex flat-jaw pliers are good for flattening rippled sheet metal. They can also be used to straighten cages. They have a lot of leverage and leave no marks. 


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 Posted: Mon May 13th, 2019 09:30 pm
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Richard Daugird
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I have a couple Mathes Coolers need straightening myself. I was going to order some of those nice pliers but WOW are they expensive!

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 Posted: Mon May 13th, 2019 09:40 pm
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 Posted: Mon May 13th, 2019 09:42 pm
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Richard Daugird
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Exactly, $60 for pliers? I'd have to try them out before shelling out sixty clams.

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 Posted: Mon May 13th, 2019 10:00 pm
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You could get the $1,598.50 one. 

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 Posted: Tue May 14th, 2019 12:43 am
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Richard Daugird
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Now THAT'S a bargain!

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