Posts Tagged ‘Metalwork’


Posted: 1st March 2011 by asteriskr in Rallye 16v, Welding
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O/S Chassis Rail with Clecos

I’d been thinking that I didn’t really want to swiss cheese the repair plate to be able to use clecos to hold it together whilst plug welding so here is the solution. Create some cleco washer plates, then drill the plug weld holes and the clecos can then still be used. Did a bit more prep work getting ready for welding. Hopefully start putting it all together next time I am in the garage.

Coming Together

Posted: 25th February 2011 by asteriskr in Rallye 16v, Welding
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Managed another couple of hours tonight. Time was mostly spent getting things lined up with the clecos and fitting together. Need to spend some more time on making things fit properly then it’ll be time to drill for plug welds and start putting it all back together.

O/S Chassis Rail with Clecos

O/S Chassis Rail


Posted: 17th February 2011 by asteriskr in Rallye 16v
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After some use I have to say that the Tungsten Carbide die cutters are amazing. Even just used in the Dremel I’m not sure how I’d missed out on them this far but they have transformed my metal working. They’re also going to save me a fortune in Dremel attachments.

Jed was right with his comments about the shrapnel they produce and I’m still teasing a splinter out of one of my fingers from yesterday’s work on the car. The latest progress is that I’ve POR15’d the chassis rail interior and repair panels so now just need to prep everything up for welding it all back together. Time to get busy with the Clecos then…

Tool Arrival

Posted: 14th February 2011 by asteriskr in Rallye 16v
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Needed a few bits and pieces to crack on with the car. First up some tungsten carbide die grinder bits to grind down welds in trickier to reach areas.

Tungsten Carbide Die Grinder Bits

Also picked up some Clecos. These are a product derived from the aerospace industry where they are used to hold sheet metal skins on wings prior to welding or riveting. They’re spring loaded pins that are compressed with the tool and inserted into a drilled hole in the two panels to be joined together. When released from the tool the cleco pins hold them firmly together.


Finally these were my bargain eBay purchase – some extra grinding stones…

Assorted Grinder Bits