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    Colt 1909 New Service crane bushing removal procedure

    I have a 1909 Colt NS that has a messed up ejector rod crane bushing. I see no one makes the special tool. Any hints how to get that thin wall threaded bushing/nut out?

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    Brownells and Midway USA carry the tool. Its a Crane Bushing Tool. Make sure and soak the crane bushing in Kroil or other good penetrating oil for awhile before you try to remove it. The prongs on the tool are not too stout and will not take alot of force.

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    I assume the tool will fit a New Service.
    If not, you may have to make a custom version.
    Unfortunately, there is NO substitute for the wrench other then cutting off the ejector rod and using a screwdriver, then buying a new ejector rod.

    https://www.brownells.com/gunsmith-t....aspx?psize=96

    You might read the thread about the problems one member had. Possibly his gunsmith might be a better option......

    https://www.coltforum.com/forums/col...ject-help.html

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    I havent checked mine but a 7/16 wrench I believe works on the Police Positive. As for the bushing screw thing I use thin nose needle nose pliers.

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    This is a common problem. In the last month I have removed three of them: One was for a pre-1908 .38 Long Colt. In fact it was for a member of the Colt Forum. What most people don't realize about these pre-1908 (1892) .38 revolvers is that the ratchet and crane bushing are a left hand thread. They try to remove them thinking it is a right hand thread and destroy the ejector rod threads and spanner wrench notches. This makes it more difficult to remove the crane bushing. The good news is your New Service is a right hand thread. Let's hope the spanner wrench notches are in good shape. I was trained in the Colt factory service department in 1968 and have the factory tools to remove your crane bushing. In fifty years of working on Colt revolvers I have never failed to remove a crane bushing. I would be happy to try and remove it for you if you would ship the crane to our shop. Give me a call with any questions.
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    Great information on the left hand threads of the New Army & Navy models.

    I wrongly assumed they would be standard right hand.
    Having never serviced one I made an incorrect assumption.

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    Thank You for your kind offer! I have the crane soaking in PB Blaster to loosed up the threads. I will send it to you in a couple of days. Regards, Pan957

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    Pan957

    I am the member who needed the help. I had broken one tool and several makeshift tools I tried. SpartanFC reached out to me, we discussed left-hand vs. right-hand threading and in the end I sent him the crane which he disassembled and sent back in a matter of days. I think we talked on the phone for longer than it took him to disassemble my crane. Great gentleman with a tremendous breadth of knowledge and experience.

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    This is a common problem. In the last month I have removed three of them: One was for a pre-1908 .38 Long Colt. In fact it was for a member of the Colt Forum. What most people don't realize about these pre-1908 (1892) .38 revolvers is that the ratchet and crane bushing are a left hand thread. They try to remove them thinking it is a right hand thread and destroy the ejector rod threads and spanner wrench notches. This makes it more difficult to remove the crane bushing. The good news is your New Service is a right hand thread. Let's hope the spanner wrench notches are in good shape. I was trained in the Colt factory service department in 1968 and have the factory tools to remove your crane bushing. In fifty years of working on Colt revolvers I have never failed to remove a crane bushing. I would be happy to try and remove it for you if you would ship the crane to our shop. Give me a call with any questions.
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    To Spartan FC, I forgot to mention that someone blew the cylinder up on the 1909 USMC New Service pistol I'm playing with. I soaked the crane in PB Blaster for 2 days and made a tool out of a hollow gun part and was able to remove the bushing. I trial fit a good used bushing and it screwed right in. However after assembling the ejector rod, spring and bushing it binds and drags excessively. I am gong to get a tight fitting rod and lap the crane ejector rod hole. It must of got bent when the cylinder blew up.

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    If the cylinder failed, the crane and frame are probably bent. I will suggest you contact Spartan about sending your gun for repair. Unless you have years of experience working on Colts you don't know how to fit the parts. When you replace one part it affects the entire mechanism.


 
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