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M-I-Y spinner tool for less than a tenner...!!

PostPost by: Elanconvert » Sat Feb 22, 2014 10:30 am

right, then, guys, you've finished your rebuild :lol: , or you're sitting twiddling your thumbs waiting for warmer weather to take the elan out, and you're still without a '3-eared spinner tool'?

items required;
3" iron pipe cap
scrap 1/2" drive socket bigger than about 1"
6" square of 1/8" thick leather

a few minutes with a grinder, welder and stanley knife and hey presto!
ebay.jpg and


ok, it's a bit 'agricultural', [ but bear in mind that I live in a rural area - defined by cattle, sheep and horses outnumbering people]. it's fine for you guys with access to machine shop to produce a nicely finished precision article, however, mine will not be 'on show', but for my eyes and hands only - in the garage :wink:

ebay 004.jpg and


ebay 005.jpg and


:D fred

edit p.s.I did start off with a stainless pipe cap, but decided it was too much work with the grinder [malleable iron being much easier], so I've still got it if anyone fancies having a go with it....
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PostPost by: Chancer » Sat Feb 22, 2014 11:26 am

Excellent, a man after my own heart.

Got me confused though until I looked at the photos in reverse order!
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PostPost by: joc » Sat Feb 22, 2014 11:54 am

Brilliant! Did you have any difficulty welding the socket to the cap?
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PostPost by: ericbushby » Sat Feb 22, 2014 1:17 pm

I like it Fred,
I could make one of those and it is my sort of price as well! How is the leather lining fastened to the cap. The photo is not clear and a little out of focus. Not wishing to teach you anything but I use the `macro` setting for close ups, denoted by a flower symbol on my cheap camera. Could you please explain it or give us another photo.
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PostPost by: Elanconvert » Sat Feb 22, 2014 6:08 pm

ericbushby wrote:I like it Fred,
I could make one of those and it is my sort of price as well! How is the leather lining fastened to the cap. The photo is not clear and a little out of focus. Not wishing to teach you anything but I use the `macro` setting for close ups, denoted by a flower symbol on my cheap camera. Could you please explain it or give us another photo.
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edit; oops! see below!
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PostPost by: Elanconvert » Sat Feb 22, 2014 6:15 pm

ericbushby wrote:I like it Fred,
I could make one of those and it is my sort of price as well! How is the leather lining fastened to the cap. The photo is not clear and a little out of focus. Not wishing to teach you anything but I use the `macro` setting for close ups, denoted by a flower symbol on my cheap camera. Could you please explain it or give us another photo.
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eric....my camera is an ipod borrowed from my daughter....no 'macro' or any other settings . :lol: wysiwyg....I suppose!
will try taking another pic when she comes back tomorrow....
the leather is fxed to the pipe cap by small [3.2mm] pop rivets in a blind hole, but could be a good adhesive maybe?
no probs welding the socket to the cap, but ground off surface of both before welding...

:D fred
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PostPost by: ericbushby » Sat Feb 22, 2014 6:23 pm

I pod eh!
You are too flash for me. However I understand now and will start to gather the makings of it. Under a tenner is the target.
Thanks,
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PostPost by: Bud English » Sat Feb 22, 2014 6:35 pm

M-Y-I, DYI, you're talking my language. I can relate to cattle, sheep and horses outnumbering people. I wander through the ranch supply looking at items and "engineer by availability" as well. There's another small project to put my "waiting for it to warm up" list. Thanks, Fred!
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PostPost by: Elanconvert » Sat Feb 22, 2014 7:44 pm

ericbushby wrote:I pod eh!
You are too flash for me. However I understand now and will start to gather the makings of it. Under a tenner is the target.
Thanks,
Eric in Burnley
1967 S3SE DHC

eric
no 'flash' I'm afraid! I don't know how to use any other function!
both end cap [?3] and leather [?4] were from ebay [plus p+p of course]
to get a good fit of the leather, use paper to make a template before cutting the leather....
:D fred
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PostPost by: Elanconvert » Sun Feb 23, 2014 2:33 pm

should have mentioned....fwiw...my first plan was to coat the whole thing in some sort of plastic/nylon, e.g. plastidip, or molten rubber, etc. but being a skinflint and cheapskate, I chose leather as the simplest and cheapest option.......in addition, it could slightly appease the green lobby who might view roaring around in an unrecyclable plastic car burning up hgh octane fossil fuels just for PLEASURE, as an unpardonable sin! :lol:
:D fred
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