Wiring clips

Wiring clips

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Wiring clips

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I needed a couple of head-stock wiring clips in a hurry on my 53 Pan to sop the wires getting trapped and crushed. Couldn’t wait for post, so I made some up very simply. I cut some strips from an old panel saw as in the picture background.
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These were heated in the fire to bright red, and then formed around some tubing while still hot. They were heated again and rapidly cooled in oil. Then they were put them in a pot with molten lead to bring them to the correct tempering temperature.
I have made many over the years – and it works for me
Rob



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Re: Wiring clips

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Drawing the temper in molten lead is new to me. What temperature would you expect there?
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Re: Wiring clips

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Those look great! Are they Parkerized as well ?

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Are you at least 100 years old?

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Re: Wiring clips

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Hi

Thanks for replies.

Lead is fully molten at just under 700 deg F - I find this about right for tempering. Put the clips in till the lead runs right off and does not stick.
I have parkerized clips and such in the past - but these weren't. When I hardened them I dropped them in some old oil I drained from my diesel car - and this is how they came out. They look about right to me as is - so probably won't parkerize them.

Incidentally, I got tired of the long metal strip bending on repo seat T's, so I used a similar trick to the wiring clips (may post it sometime). The spring steel to replace this strip needs to be 1/8" or so - panel saw blades are too thin. I have cut them from old large diameter circular saw blades and had good results. If you need a stronger spring make them from a 3/16" saw blade

I feel like 100 some days but I'm not there yet!

Rob

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That there is what ya call a 'Tradesman' !!

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Nice work!

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Nice work!

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Re: Wiring clips

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Post by Pete808 »

Damn, I'm over here trying to figure out how to take off my inner primary and you're over here making custom parts out of old saws. Great work, I need to get on your level.

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