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PETERBOROUGH, ONT

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Well it takes a while fidgeting with them and deciding what materials work best and I ended up using old coat hangers cut to 4 1/4" and twisting them up to hold the bolts. Four curved pieces per clamp plus a shorter piece for a long loop for one side and then a small block of steel with two holes for bolts on the other side of the clamp.  Wing nuts or nuts that were in the jar, nothing special.  Twisting the coat hangers to make small bolt holes was the hardest part. Otherwise, maybe some tweaking here and there but I think they'll work. Just two more to make I think should be enough. I hope this helps somebody someday.

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I'll just keep your contact info and have you build them in the future .... I don't mind doing the work, but in the end.... time is money.
Really... not many would tackle projects like this... so good on you for getting in there and figuring it out and doing something.

Move to North Bay I can set you up with a job at the shop I work at.

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Oh I'd love to work in a shop and learn so much. Thank you 30-S6.

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Well its a body shop and apparently... The guys we had in the past knew everything in the short time they worked there...(mostly you tube videos)
No hands on, unless you count their thumbs searching on their phones.


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Maybe the only edge I'd have is not owning a smart phone. Boy when this pandemic ends, it will be great to watch old hands doing what they do. Watching videos on the net, I learn a lot but it isn't the same. I can't join in.

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For the 4 curved pieces that encircle the 1 1/2" pipe, they are and have to be exactly 4 3/4" long prior to bending. The small circle of wire on one end is 4" prior to bending and the small block on the opposing side is 1" x 1/2".
I had the general idea initially but my measurements were off by 1/4" and it matters. Now to start again with another half dozen or so. At least I know these measurements work.

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Now that the driver side fender header design is done and the clamp issue is resolved, I thought I better start phoning around to find where to rent a Tig welder since they are so expensive. Kind of silly to spend so much unless I plan to make a lot of headers (and stuff). I just want to finish my ride. Yes, I know, they're never finished and I agree but you know what I mean. Anyway, the first rental place I phoned tells me he doesn't have one and he knows of nobody else who rents them. That's a bit discouraging. I was hoping from the beginning to do the pipes from start to end myself. I know a shop in town where I could get them done but it would have been nice to learn Tig. I'll do the passenger side header design in the Spring and I'm not in a rush so maybe I'll just watch FB marketplace to see what comes up. I saw a youtube video where an experienced welder converted a mig to a Tig but he said it was awkward and kind of laughable. Still, interesting to know it could be done.

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Your local high school might have a Fab shop w/ this capability. The teacher might be willing to help in some way.

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Excellent ! If they still have auto shop. I'll ask around. Neat idea. Thank you.

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Cuddles If you aren't looking to TIG aluminum the welders are cheaper. A small power source from Amazon or Princess auto will weld steel. You won't need the high frequency. 
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No I won't be doing aluminum. I have a Lincoln Mig 140. But I think you mean something else? I'll check the Princess site. Thank you.

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Cuddles wrote:

Excellent ! If they still have auto shop. I'll ask around. Neat idea. Thank you.


 Its been quite a while since i last made my own fenderwell header system and i couldn,t weld at all . I just blobbed things together. The local High School had night school classes and welding was one of them ,so i signed up. The first night teacher said if anyone has their own project they were working on they were welcome to bring them in . Next week i arrived with a couple of boxes of flanges and pipes and so it began. Teacher was very helpful and his help made it an easy job. 



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Thank you 51 Styline. I hope to be as lucky but with all this Covid stuff, who knows? But I'll ask around. It would be a nice way to learn. I don't think they offer night school classes in Peterborough anymore. They used to.

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they make some pretty cool magnet holders for this job, and have seen similar clamp ideas before - nice job!!

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Thank you Seeker1056. Yes, I've seen the magnets and I'd love to buy them but I try to save money when I can. If there is a way to make a tool, I like to try that so my funds can buy the big stuff that I can't make. I still need some gauges, an Element fire extinguisher and the last big job, my rear suspension. Besides, it's fun making tools. I might try to make the magnets for pipes but getting the magnets to sit permanently in a swivel base looks tricky. Hmm, I'll have to give them some more thought. Thanks again.

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be hard pressed to make em any cheaper than this :)

www.amazon.ca/dp/B00JXDSVA6/

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Thank you Seeker 1056. I'm sure you're right

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I keep looking at these neat little clamps and think how handy they'd be, then I go buy something else ,lol..
I bought a small selection of Dzus fasteners and the tool last time I started looking ,haha...
Seeker1056 wrote:

be hard pressed to make em any cheaper than this :)

www.amazon.ca/dp/B00JXDSVA6/


 



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Thanks Chris. Yeah I saw those and might see if I can rig something up similar. They aren't overpriced but I enjoy trying to make stuff if I can. I work with plastic a lot and I think that will be my solution but we'll see. The heat would be an issue of course. Thanks again. Just finishing nut a fuse panel right now.

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