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    Pressing Catch for Wire clamp

    So my MG TC is missing its battery box lid. Very easy to make rectangular piece of plate, but it is secured by 2 wire clamps.

    So I had some blanks cut. I left the tab a little long to allow enough meat to form the indentation.

    Pressing Catch for Wire clamp-catch-blank.jpg

    So I made a
    press tool to press the form into the blank. I calculated the wire diameter plus 2 x material that gave me the size of the slot. I then clamped 2 of those 25 x 25 solid bars together and drilled a hole of that size material thickness away from the joint. With a little bit of filing it left me with the perfect die..

    Pressing Catch for Wire clamp-press-set-up.jpg

    Pressing Catch for Wire clamp-press-close-up.jpg

    A drill the size of the wire turned into the press part. I used the softer shank of the drill for this to prevent any shattering due to the pressure.

    And this is the result. Material is 1.6mm mild steel. It pressed like butter.

    Pressing Catch for Wire clamp-press-open.jpg

    And additional material remover to look like the final part.

    Pressing Catch for Wire clamp-clip-finished.jpg

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    Could you post video for everyone see detail.

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    Unfortunately not.

    1) I only have my phone as a video machine and this is pretty much a 4 handed operation

    2) I do not have ant more blanks, but can uses some other off cuts.

    I am happy to explain or take more pics.

    Only learning point was that you can use a drill shank as part of a little press tool.

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    Nice work, with that level of detail its going to be a lovely restoration of a great little MG TC.

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