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Here is another way to share your knowledge.

Post a couple of well posts,  of cool tools you’ve made or bought that made your Datsun day go better.

I’ll go first.

 

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Gland nut removal tool ....

 

 

Old bracket + 8.8 bolts and a step drill to widen the centre hole.

 

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Just add hammer. 2lb is ideal. Oh and bolt strut bottom to the garage floor pre-drilled with a couple of rawlplugs in place.

 

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 Clearly the original gland nut needs a couple of holes drilled but the new ones from Koni come pre-drilled.

 

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Cool tool of the day for November 8th.

Been making brake lines again on the latest project, and finally made that little tool that makes some of the tighter bends really easy. 

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Just stare at that little beauty for a minute. The brake line threaded into that little remnant of an old brake line welded to the bar is the secret weapon.

I already use the CuNi tubing and have for years. It is very soft and forms nicely in my powerful hands. However, there is one bend type that is always challenging and of course occurs frequently. A tight curve near the end of the tube. Bending the end of the tube requires more force as the leverage is reduced with shorter length. Don’t believe me, make a 180 in the middle of a 12 long piece, then make it again at the end. My finger tips cringe at the thought of it.

Dang, if only there was a way to safely, easily grab the end of the tube in a vise grip or something without screwing up the threads or crushing the tubing and giving me an extension handle to increase leverage. BINGO! Thread the tube nut into an old female brake fitting welded to the end of a scrap.

 

Consider that little devil tight S curve on the stock front caliper.  TWO tight 180 bends near BOTH ends! Impossible to make it nice and pretty and kink free!

Not any more.

I made a bunch. Need any?  All of these were created on the car on real stock calipers and strut tube mounted hose ends, so they fit perfectly. They are R and L sided. They took literally 5 minutes each to bend and fit.

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Yes, they are not the exact same shape as the stock ones, sorry. Those bends are ridiculous.

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Yes there is a 1.25 diameter roller thing at the other end to help you form tubing as well if and when that comes in handy.

That wheel is a screen door bottom guide roller. It has a 1/4” groove, bit bigger than the 3/16 tubing, but works just fine.

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