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#1 crazyjim

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Posted 03 September 2013 - 11:55 AM

You asked for it, so here it is.  Muffler clamps made easy.  This somewhat altered from the original tutorial from John Anspach at a Florida Auto & Scale Trucks (FAST) meeting.

 

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These are the tools you'll need.  Hole punch (I use a Micro-Mark unit), straight edge, scissors, X-Acto knife, single edge razor blade, 24 gauge wire.  The clamp material is the easiest and cheapest - a pop can (or soda depending on where you live.  Beer cans can probably be used too).

 

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I use 12 gauge aluminum floral wire for exhaust pipes, 1/8" and 5/32" aluminum tubing for mufflers.  Cut the can into 1/4" wide strips.  At one end, cut a hole.  It's easier to cut a hole and then use the scissors to cut half the hole away.

 

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Cut another another hole and then 2 smaller holes for the wire to fit through.

 

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Use the scissors to make another cut across the second hole and you end up with a part that looks likes this.

 

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Use the razor blade and ruler to bend the clamp.  This is my version of a PE bender.

 

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After the bend, your clamp should look like this.

 

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Second bend and this should be your result.  The ruler I have is the perfect thickness to bend the clamps.

 

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Cut a length of the 24 gauge wire and bend it around the muffler for the correct diameter.

 

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And there it is, ready for installation.

 

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Here they are installed on a '36 Ford I'm building.  The end of the exhaust pipe with get another piece of aluminum tubing and more clamps after the fenders dry.

 

I suppose you could go really bananas and make nuts from some hex rod or use some aftermarket nuts.



#2 slusher

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Posted 03 September 2013 - 01:44 PM

That is so cool Jim and looks so realistic..



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Posted 03 September 2013 - 02:40 PM

Thanks for posting this wonderful tip Jim..

I'm grinning ear to ear....LOL

Thank John for us too



#4 twopaws

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Posted 03 September 2013 - 02:52 PM

What a great tip, thanks for schooling me Jim.



#5 PappyD340

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Posted 03 September 2013 - 03:35 PM

Thanks for the Tute Jim, a great tip that I will use before long!! :D 



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Posted 03 September 2013 - 05:20 PM

Very cool. Thanks for putting this up.



#7 Darren B

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Posted 03 September 2013 - 05:56 PM

Very cool and thank you this is a great how to will use for sure....



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Posted 04 September 2013 - 02:27 AM

You're very welcome, guys.  I asked John for his permission before doing a tutorial.  You should see some of the other detail things John does - just amazing.  I really like the clamps he makes to hold fuel lines against the frame.



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Posted 04 September 2013 - 05:28 PM

Nice tutorial



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Posted 06 September 2013 - 05:55 PM

That is way cool Jim.

Thanks for your time and work.



#11 Edward Gore

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Posted 08 September 2013 - 02:06 PM

Thanks for sharing this. 



#12 John Pol

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Posted 08 September 2013 - 03:05 PM

great how too how does he make clamps for the fuel lines on the frame would be neat to see that one.

 

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Posted 09 September 2013 - 02:28 AM

Glad you folks are enjoying the muffler clamp tutorial.

 

John - John Anspach makes the clamps from the same aluminum cans that the muffler clamps are made from.  They are unbelievably small.



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Posted 11 September 2013 - 06:44 AM

Nice tip!  This is one of those details that really grabs my eye.

 

I need to try this. Thanks for sharing!



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Posted 11 September 2013 - 07:23 AM

This something very interesting cool and super idea thanks for sharing this