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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Count Scrapula, Sep 2, 2012.

  1. Count Scrapula
    Joined: Oct 13, 2004
    Posts: 585

    Count Scrapula
    from Mid TN

    Nothing fancy, just some tools I fabbed up to do the job. First is a brake line strap fabricating tool. Just some stuff I had laying around the shop...some angle, a piece of square stock, a piece of round stock, and a hinge. I tacked the square and round stock to the angle as shown and then tacked the angle to a hinge to keep everything aligned the same every time you close it. You have to leave some space to compensate for the thickness of the material you'll be using. You can use stainless or mild steel. I use 18 ga. Just lay the angle on your vise jaws and press out as many as you want. I use a hole punch for the hole.
    Next is a couple of thread chasing tools. Ever had one of those bolts that had the threads messed up on the end or even in the middle. I made this tool to clean up threads in those situations. I took a cheap pair of pliers and tig welded a grade 8 nut to them and then cut the nut into with a hack saw. Now you can clamp the pliers on the bolt anywhere hold the pliers with one hand and use a ratchet to back the bolt out cleaning up the threads.
    The last one is a thread chaser I made by grinding a groove in the side of a grade 8 bolt and welding on a T handle. I use it to clean all the threads in engine blocks when I'm rebuilding one. I know I could use a tap to do the same thing, but taps are tapered and most of the time pointed and won't reach all the way to the end of blind holes in engine blocks. Besides this saves wear and tear on your taps.
    Last edited: Sep 2, 2012
  2. Hellbentrodder
    Joined: Aug 10, 2010
    Posts: 124

    from Cotati

    I am gonna steal these. Nice job.
  3. good job mate. i'll be using these for sure
  4. flamedabone
    Joined: Aug 3, 2001
    Posts: 4,555


    Your brake line clamp tool is genius....

    Nice work, -Abone.
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  5. x2.
  6. RayMiller
    Joined: Aug 9, 2005
    Posts: 491


    Hey submit your ideas to matco tools and they will pay you cash, I say it on their site this morning when I was making my tool box payment. I think they offer like 2500 for good ideas and these are pretty good.

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  7. Count Scrapula
    Joined: Oct 13, 2004
    Posts: 585

    Count Scrapula
    from Mid TN

    Thanks Ray, I'll definitely look into that. I don't know if any of them would have any commercial appeal though.
  8. 1964countrysedan
    Joined: Apr 14, 2011
    Posts: 1,131

    from Texas

    COOL TOOLS! Your clamp forming tool triggers unlimited possible variations.
  9. getting ready to plumb brake lines and will try your idea out! show a picture of the hole punch your using.
  10. Count Scrapula
    Joined: Oct 13, 2004
    Posts: 585

    Count Scrapula
    from Mid TN

    We have a big sheer at work. I sheer off a piece of 18 ga about 1/2" wide and keep it around the shop. That gives a nice straight strip to work with and ensures that all your straps will be the se size. The hole punch I'm using is a cheapo from Northern Tool. I'll try to post a pic later.
  11. willowbilly3
    Joined: Jun 18, 2004
    Posts: 4,356

    Member Emeritus
    from Sturgis

    Good tips, thanks. I have been using the bolt thread chaser idea for years, lots of times it's for an odd sized or large hole that I don't have a chaser for.
  12. that thread chaser is genius
  13. Great ideas, Thanks
  14. wow great tool man thanks
  15. lawman
    Joined: Sep 19, 2006
    Posts: 2,667


    Very Very nice work !!!!!
  16. Tech week entry I hope.

    I bet a Crafty fella like you has more too.
  17. damagedduck
    Joined: Jun 16, 2011
    Posts: 2,341

    from Greeley Co

    you can bet your butt i'm stealing these!!!!!!
  18. Count Scrapula
    Joined: Oct 13, 2004
    Posts: 585

    Count Scrapula
    from Mid TN

    Here's the hole punch I use, and a pic of how the well the straps fit on the brake line.
  19. PackardWood
    Joined: Aug 13, 2012
    Posts: 485

    from JoCo, NC

    Consider it stolen sir!:D
  20. Hackerbilt
    Joined: Aug 13, 2001
    Posts: 6,234


    Great ideas that I'll eventually make use of I'm sure! :D

  21. Buddy Palumbo
    Joined: Mar 30, 2008
    Posts: 3,858

    Buddy Palumbo

    I like the ideas - good job
  22. Firepower71
    Joined: Nov 22, 2010
    Posts: 145

    from Atlanta

    So simple and so useful. great stuff. Thanks for sharing.
  23. hoggyrubber
    Joined: Aug 30, 2008
    Posts: 568


    thanks for sharing.
  24. Sphynx
    Joined: Jan 31, 2009
    Posts: 1,142

    from Central Fl

    Better hurry I am trying to get a patent already. But really those are some great ideas thanks for them.
  25. 1950heavymetal
    Joined: Sep 9, 2008
    Posts: 323


    great tool ideas! thanks for the ideas.
  26. JackdaRabbit
    Joined: Jul 15, 2008
    Posts: 469

    from WNC

    All great ideas which I'll be copying for sure. Cept I think my T handle will have friendlier smooth stock instead of threaded.
  27. cigarcaptain
    Joined: Jun 11, 2009
    Posts: 43


    Yes I like this a lot. I wonder if the flanger/hole punch thingy would make a hole in that 18 gauge? These tools are cool.
  28. HellsHotRods
    Joined: Jul 24, 2009
    Posts: 1,311


    I want to see the brake line clamp produce stainless clamps, seems you would have to really apply a lot of pressure for SS

    I like the last tool, great idea!
  29. mwhistle
    Joined: Feb 19, 2007
    Posts: 310

    from sacramento

    Very clever. Thanks.
  30. Ruiner
    Joined: May 17, 2004
    Posts: 4,145


    I just made one of the brake line clamp dies yesterday after seeing this and it works perfectly, and I even have the same hole punch...thanks for the helpful tech!...

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