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Looking for one older style stainless steel jib car

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Created by Achernar 1 month ago, 29 Nov 2020
Achernar
QLD, 165 posts
29 Nov 2020 5:00PM
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My boat has four jib cars on two 25mm (1 inch) T-tracks (port and starboard). One of the jib cars died. The piston broke and I had to saw if off with a grinding disc, so it is not salvageable. The reason I took it off was the jib sheet was chafing on the port combing and had cut a groove into the gel coat.

I thought I could simply replace the car with a new car, so ordered two new cars. The extra car was for aesthetics, so I would have the same arrangement both sides. The new cars are Ronstan RC72505 www.ronstan.com.au/marine5/product.asp?ProdNo=RC72505. The old car fitted onto the new jib track in the shop, so I thought the new car would fit onto the old track.

However, The new Ronstan cars do not fit the old track. The cross-T in the T-track is too thick. Also the new style tracks have square edges and the old style tracks have rounded edges.

This leaves me with the following options, in order to expense;
1 Do nothing and sail with one car on port and two on starboard. The problem is that the port jib sheet will chafe on the port combing, or cut a groove into the gel coat.
2 Find a replacement old style jib car - see photo below
3 Fit new jib tracks and use the two new cars and two old cars. The two old cars can sit at the back near the winches, and probably will not get moved much. I'm not sure if the old cars will damage the new tracks.
4 Fit new jib tracks and buy another two cars to fit.

So, has anyone got any suggestions about where to find an older style stainless steel jib car?

Datawiz
VIC, 586 posts
29 Nov 2020 6:25PM
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Hi A,
try www.garhauer.com.au they're big in the US and have a good range of Imperial fittings.
If the Australian agents can't/won't help - just go direct.
cheers,
Allan

Andrew68
VIC, 310 posts
30 Nov 2020 6:50AM
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I think you have the same track as I have. Very difficult to find a replacement, but I was able to use a car from www.bartonmarine.com. needed a bit of filing and a home made nylon packer. Was not pretty.

www.denmanmarine.com.au is the local importer.


Achernar
QLD, 165 posts
30 Nov 2020 1:56PM
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Thx for the suggestion, but that car has square sides. Mine are rounded.

shaggybaxter
QLD, 2228 posts
30 Nov 2020 2:18PM
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G'day Achenar,
That looks suspiciously like some old jib cars we were sorting out a few weekends ago at a mates place.
I am back up there on Saturday, I'll rifle through the box and see if it's got the rounded edges, will report back!

Achernar
QLD, 165 posts
2 Dec 2020 1:02PM
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shaggybaxter said..
G'day Achenar,
That looks suspiciously like some old jib cars we were sorting out a few weekends ago at a mates place.
I am back up there on Saturday, I'll rifle through the box and see if it's got the rounded edges, will report back!


Achernar
QLD, 165 posts
8 Dec 2020 12:39PM
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shaggybaxter said..
G'day Achenar,
That looks suspiciously like some old jib cars we were sorting out a few weekends ago at a mates place.
I am back up there on Saturday, I'll rifle through the box and see if it's got the rounded edges, will report back!


Shaggy, any news?

Harb
WA, 216 posts
9 Dec 2020 5:44PM
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Achernar said..


So, has anyone got any suggestions about where to find an older style stainless steel jib car?



Try these www.rileyfittings.com/tracks

rumblefish
TAS, 823 posts
13 Dec 2020 6:17PM
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Andrew68 said..
I think you have the same track as I have. Very difficult to find a replacement, but I was able to use a car from www.bartonmarine.com. needed a bit of filing and a home made nylon packer. Was not pretty.

www.denmanmarine.com.au is the local importer.




Not anymore, Deck Hardware is now the Aussie distributor

shaggybaxter
QLD, 2228 posts
13 Dec 2020 5:32PM
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Achernar said..

shaggybaxter said..
G'day Achenar,
That looks suspiciously like some old jib cars we were sorting out a few weekends ago at a mates place.
I am back up there on Saturday, I'll rifle through the box and see if it's got the rounded edges, will report back!



Shaggy, any news?


G'day Ach,
Yep, had a look today, no go sadly, it was all 1 1/2 " track stuff.
Sorry mate!

Achernar
QLD, 165 posts
14 Dec 2020 8:40PM
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shaggybaxter said..

Achernar said..


shaggybaxter said..
G'day Achenar,
That looks suspiciously like some old jib cars we were sorting out a few weekends ago at a mates place.
I am back up there on Saturday, I'll rifle through the box and see if it's got the rounded edges, will report back!




Shaggy, any news?



G'day Ach,
Yep, had a look today, no go sadly, it was all 1 1/2 " track stuff.
Sorry mate!


NVM, thx for looking.

Achernar
QLD, 165 posts
15 Dec 2020 12:59PM
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Harb said..

Achernar said..


So, has anyone got any suggestions about where to find an older style stainless steel jib car?




Try these www.rileyfittings.com/tracks


Thx Harb, but those Riley cars fit 16mm tracks, not the 25mm tracks that I have. (Just got an email reply from Riley to confirm)

Harb
WA, 216 posts
16 Dec 2020 5:06PM
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Thx Harb, but those Riley cars fit 16mm tracks, not the 25mm tracks that I have. (Just got an email reply from Riley to confirm)


Strange, their tracks are advertised as "22mm External Track for Goosenecks and sheeting slides."
Never measured them myself as I only used one of their slide goosenecks to modify for my internal Ronstan 19 stainless track but had to cut off from the sides before welding it to my own slide.



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