In another thread I mentioned I had a broken door latch on my 15 touring. Got it apart this morning and found the following:
The arrow shows the break. The door would close and lock but not open.
Is this part cast or steel? (Can it be welded ?)
If it can be welded, what's the best way to do it?
I have a small DC inverter welder good for 70 amps and some 3/32 rods.
I'm guessing the best way would be to turn it over (the back of the broken piece is flat) and grind a "V" in the back and fill it with weld. I don't think my skill level would permit welding on the front.
If it can't be welded, what's the best way to repair? New ones are VERY pricey.
ductile iron brass only.charley
V it like you say, but use an oxy-acetylene torch and brass brazing rod.
Braze weld it with a oxy-acetylene torch. If it broke in the area shown that might indicate that it needed to be lubricated. Before you put it back together use some sandpaper and smooth the inside surfaces. It will make a noticeable difference when using it.
I would practice braze welding on some type of similar scrap around your shop. This way you can get the heat setting and familiarize yourself using a torch if you hadn't done much of it before.