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Old 06-30-2020, 10:35 AM
deansdrums59 deansdrums59 is offline
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Default Gretsch FA BD pedal help

I was over posting on the "wanted to buy" thread looking for a spring screw and spring lock nut for a Gretsch floating action pedal that I bought in pieces. I used pictures over there and kdg was kind enough to point out that the beater hub casting was on backwards (maybe set up for like a cocktail drum).
Oh happy day....
I took the nut off of the non-spring side of the hub axle (my words) and could not remove the hub (hex shaped part) so I can turn around the hub casting and run the leather strap the right way. All I can see are ball bearings in a housing and it won't budge...
First time working a pedal like this. What's the trick??
If this procedure has been rehashed on here before, sorry-I can't seem to find a thread.
If it's lengthy to explain, go right ahead. Never too much info for an all-thumbs guy like me. I'm also open to help by phone if someone wanted to talk me through it.
This is the final step in the Gretsch Name Band SSB rehab project. Needs to be DONE!
I threw in a tasty little pic of the set to entice your mercy!!!!!
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Default Re: Gretsch FA BD pedal help

Been passing this pedal around to some mechanics in our shop where I work. Our one guy thought there is a tiny slotted pin in the piece that holds the spring mechanism onto the hexagonal axle. It's theorized that pin must be punched out to remove the piece and pull the hexagonal axle off the pedal frame in order to flip around the beater hub casting. Anyone agree??
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Old Today, 04:58 PM
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Default Re: Gretsch FA BD pedal help

I believe you are dealing with Spring Pins also called Roll Pins, Tension Pins, and Expansion Pins, Spring Pins are hollow and slotted across the length to facilitate tension. Spring Pins are made of carbon spring steel, a pliable yet effective steel ideal for this pin's applications.
This video on removing one seems to explain it well.

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