new to me Elac Miracord 10H

snap, crackle and pop
62vauxhall
senior member
senior member
Posts: 659
Joined: 22 May 2008 19:57
Location: Surrey, BC

Re: new to me Elac Miracord 10H

Post by 62vauxhall » 11 Sep 2019 13:43

Whatever you do, do no try removing these nuts. Or more accurately, do not try and undo the small one without keeping the large one stationary. It looked to me once, that removing the nuts would make disassembly for cleaning and lubing easier. But it's actually not necessary.

In one attempt to loosen the small locking nut, I twisted and broke off the threaded portion. It's very cheap metal. the photo is of my attempt at fabricating a replacement. It was unsuccessful. I had to locate and purchase used parts to rectify the damage.
IMG_3810.JPG
(71.33 KiB) Downloaded 14 times

vanakaru
senior member
senior member
Posts: 529
Joined: 24 Mar 2015 09:05

Re: new to me Elac Miracord 10H

Post by vanakaru » 11 Sep 2019 14:49

tubesaurus wrote:
11 Sep 2019 06:59
WD40 will do no harm
Well, it does. First it is solvent despite looking like oil. Second it will dry out for about 3-6 months and will make everything sticky like not properly dried paint or similar to oil deposits on your kitchen vent. And then it is rather pain to get off. It is OK to use for intermediate cleaning, but needs to clean off afterwards with alcohol for instance.
So you could try to loosen the nut with it. However I find White Spirit work better. It needs some time to seep into the cracks. Also tapping the nut may help.
For stuck nuts you could crack the nut and replace with new one. There is special tool for this.
https://www.twtoolsuperstore.co.uk/teng ... -ns02.html
Last edited by vanakaru on 11 Sep 2019 15:11, edited 1 time in total.

Michael626
member
member
Posts: 76
Joined: 29 May 2018 14:57

Re: new to me Elac Miracord 10H

Post by Michael626 » 11 Sep 2019 14:58

Yes, I have been told that WD40 is a temporary fix at best, but it does have its uses. I have used it many times to fix up a distributor in an old car that still used points and had gotten damp under the cap. A friend suggested I try to loosen the stiff grease with a hair blow dryer. Anybody tried that? Seems like it could not hurt.
Michael

vanakaru
senior member
senior member
Posts: 529
Joined: 24 Mar 2015 09:05

Re: new to me Elac Miracord 10H

Post by vanakaru » 11 Sep 2019 15:13

Heating may help especially if the treads have some sticky dried oil in it.

Michael626
member
member
Posts: 76
Joined: 29 May 2018 14:57

Re: new to me Elac Miracord 10H

Post by Michael626 » 11 Sep 2019 17:13

Is the rubber platter mat glued down? Pictures show it not, but mine seems to be. Would heat from the blow dryer remove it? It is about 1/4" off center and I would like it to be right.

Michael626
member
member
Posts: 76
Joined: 29 May 2018 14:57

Re: new to me Elac Miracord 10H

Post by Michael626 » 11 Sep 2019 20:05

Well, I answered my own question. Little heat and it peeled right off. Now to figure out how the tonearm is supposed to get down to the level of the record. I have worked with lots of the pieces freeing them up but have not attempted to take anything apart. While I have rebuilt some 3,4 and 5 speed manual transmissions, this looks a bit more confusing.