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Offline Longmark999

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Rene Pierre 15mm Handles
« on: December 19, 2017, 08:23:02 AM »
Hi,

I've recently come back into a Rene Pierre blue top table that I bought back in '85 (used) and it's been at my folks place being well used by my nieces and nephews.  It will need a little cabinet work which is not a big deal, but it will lead a lot of playfield and parts work including several/all handles being replaced.  I noticed several posts here about the 15mm handles not being available anywhere, and I believe the last post I read said to buy the 14mm handles and force them onto the 15mm rods.  Has anyone considered buying a 15mm tap and tapping the 14mm handles?  This seems like a lot less risky than forcing the handles onto the larger rods.

Thanks in advance,

Mark

Offline Vann5

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Re: Rene Pierre 15mm Handles
« Reply #1 on: December 23, 2017, 05:23:48 PM »
Mark,
I just bought a blue top RP table from a young guy who inherited it from his grandfather.  It is missing the legs--of all things--but one of the easiest things to replicate.  In the meantime, I've built a stand out of 2x6 pine to set it on to play while I build some legs and clean/grease the rods--sort of redo it with my teenage boys.

Luckily, it has all the (light green--almost like key lime pie color) handles and none are cracked.  But I've read horror stories about handles for the 15mm early RP models-repalcements don't exist it seems.  Mine are sure to crack at some point (table sat in a  basement for years...45 year old plastic).

To your point on tapping 14 mm handles--why not?  The problem is finding a 15mm reverse thread tap I think.  Did some quick internet searches...not easy to find.  It should be M15 1.5 left-handed threads.  Current RP handles--on their website, say M14 1.5.

I've toyed with getting a friend with a lathe to turn some wood handles...would be easy to drill and tap as well.  Would look nice too.  The plastic RP (or Bonzini 14 mm) handles are pretty expensive for what they are.  Wood is pretty cheap and durable.  Thinking of doing this and saving original handles....

Offline jss

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Re: Rene Pierre 15mm Handles
« Reply #2 on: December 23, 2017, 10:50:41 PM »
Vann5 I can be reached @8647107878 for the RP keys and other RP parts.