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75mm fuze removal question


kfields

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I bought this at a flea market 10-ish years ago where it has sat on the mantle in the spare bedroom ever since. I'd like to remove the fuze but need advice on how to do that. 

1. Does it unscrew in the counter-clockwise direction?

2. What tool do you recommend I use that will do the job but not mar the brass surface or break off those brass nubs?

3. Is anything supposed to line up on the fuze before you unscrew it?

If some of you guys have done this, pictures would be helpful to me if thats possible.

Thanks!  Kim

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illinigander

I would start with an extended soak upside-down using some penetrant to completely cover the fuse.  This will be a bugger to break loose and not harm the fuse.  Used ATF is a good material to use and inexpensive.  Visit your friendly car repair shop.

illinigander

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27 minutes ago, illinigander said:

I would start with an extended soak upside-down using some penetrant to completely cover the fuse.  This will be a bugger to break loose and not harm the fuse.  Used ATF is a good material to use and inexpensive.  Visit your friendly car repair shop.

illinigander

Thanks illinigander, 

I might not try to do it after all. I guess I don't want to risk messing up the paint either by soaking it in ATF. 

I bet those two parts have been together since just after WW1.

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I would advise NOT to try and remove the fuze. Why? Your example is a field recovery, from parts. When this type was fired, at a fuze timed setting a small black powder charge at the base was ignited and blew out the lead shrapnel balls, pushing the threaded fuze out, damaging the threads. The fuze, plunger, shell body and balls fell to the ground. Millions of these parts scattered the ground, GI’s picked the best parts up, reassembled them, and carried them home as soveneers.

 

…once you get the fuze off, many were glued or hammered back together, it will probably be loose if re-re-assembled. See my pics of a very hard to find inert shrapnel round with all the parts.

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1 hour ago, 917601 said:

You can search the forum for more detailed pics, operation, discussion I posted awhile back.

Thanks 917601. It's staying on the mantle!

I've read your other informative posts and found them extremely interesting!  Kim

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