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PostPosted: Tue Feb 24, 2015 9:20 pm 
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Evening gang.
The prongs on my belt buckle have snapped.
Now I'm sure many will think - buy a new one. Well, did that and the detailing is appaulling.
Being as my old one is very nicely detailed I'd like to repair it.
Anyone do or know anyone who could do a prong replacement?
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Jim


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 25, 2015 8:49 am 
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don't know where you are but it look like a job for a tool maker, source from google
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 25, 2015 12:42 pm 
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Is this the standard belt buckle, or an officers one?

I commonly throw prongs out when I strip them from traditional buckles.
My guess is it will be easy enough for someone to make up a set of prongs & retro fit to the buckle.
Look at the way the Finnish buckle prongs are made...a flat sheet, rather than the more complex German approach.

I'd do a set from flat sheet, slightly open the buckle top/bottom, remove the older stem, fit the new prongs & nip the buckle back down to correct width.
OR

Post a photo of the broken assembly...it may be possible to effect a field repair style fix with even less effort than making up a new set.


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 25, 2015 6:30 pm 
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Cheers for advice gents


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 25, 2015 7:45 pm 
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It was an em/nco buckle.
Happy to report after an hour or so of swearing and the proper application of tools, beer and brute force I have effected a repair and here's how I did it.
First I decided to use the new shite one (courtesy of epic) as a donor for new prongs.
I used a combo of a hammer and a screwdriver and a knife to open the slit running along the swivel bar the prongs are mounted in. Next I used two pairs of pliers to open the bar enough to remove it from the mounting.
I then split the solder holding the prongs in place and removed them. It was then just a case of repeating with the old buckle, inserting the new prongs and then crimping the swivel bar back round the retainer with pliers.
Not pretty but my old very nice buckle is now fit for action again!


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 26, 2015 7:35 pm 
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that's torn it, I bet you'll get a lot of emails to do these repairs oh, can you fix mine, the catch has come off ( if I can find it)
graham


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