Muffler clamps

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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.

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That is so cool Jim and looks so realistic..

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Thanks for posting this wonderful tip Jim..

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

Thank John for us too

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What a great tip, thanks for schooling me Jim.

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

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Very cool. Thanks for putting this up.

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

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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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Nice tutorial

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That is way cool Jim.

Thanks for your time and work.

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Thanks for sharing this.

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

John Pol

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

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