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#1 Pablo

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Posted 30 November 2019 - 02:29 PM

Keep in mind I'm a hacker with a vice, a hammer, and a pair of pliers ...... anybody have a good tip or two for me?

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Posted 30 November 2019 - 03:25 PM

If they are magnesium probably not. On aluminum wheels I use a small pair of duck billed pliers that are totally flat on the "squeezing" surface.

 

Get them as close as possible. 

 

Next I sand the face down on a flat surface with 220 wet or dry.

 

Then I chuck them in the Dremel on a junk short axle and dress the edges etc. with flexible nail sanding sticks of different grits followed by an additional dressing with a Scotchbrite pad. 

 

Lastly if you feel like it you can give them a final polish in the Dremel with Mothers and an old T-shirt for the "chrome" look. 


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Posted 30 November 2019 - 06:45 PM

Flat pliers, yeah I keep needing those for those pesky notches on Mabuchi cans. Do they sell those at Lowes or regular hardware stores?


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Posted 01 December 2019 - 08:06 AM

Well, here is were I got mine.

 

Growing up the 60's and 70's my father had a rubbish removal business. We cleaned out houses and my mother had an antique store where anything good was sold. Long before estate sales, American Pickers etc. We cleaned out the house broom clean. We amassed a huge amount of tools, hardware etc. Whatever was in the house. That is where I got my pliers. I am sure they are at least 75 years old  :shok:

 

Not to mention the goodies one might find in and attic like models, Aurora cars etc. Remember Aurora was one town away and had many local employees. 

 

Hell, I'm still using solder my brothers took from when a huge hardware store burned down here in Mineola about 1965.

 

Anyway, my daughter got a set of pliers for jewelry making some years back and the were some similar pliers in there. 


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Posted 01 December 2019 - 09:46 AM

Jewelry pliers, good idea, thanks Joe  :)


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Posted 01 December 2019 - 09:59 AM

Your welcome. I don't know anything about this company but these are just like the ones I have ( only newer  :D )

 

https://www.rings-th...Pliers-4-5.html


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Posted 01 December 2019 - 10:09 AM

Thanks. I may actually make a new "Pablo Gizmo", not sure yet......


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Posted 01 December 2019 - 10:55 AM

Try gluing something like sheet plastic on the inside of the jaws.

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Posted 01 December 2019 - 12:58 PM

The only way I have successfully done this is to turn a form on the lathe that matches the wheel flange. Then I can tap gently into shape.

This is on vintage wheels, what kind of wheels are you working with?


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Posted 01 December 2019 - 01:05 PM

Thanks. I may actually make a new "Pablo Gizmo", not sure yet......

 

Pablo, go for the gizmo ...


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Posted 01 December 2019 - 05:40 PM

This is on vintage wheels, what kind of wheels are you working with?

 

Vintage  :D  I like the wood tapping idea also, thanks


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Posted 05 December 2019 - 05:25 PM

I still plan to snag some flat jaw pliers next time I see them. But this time I made a gizmo of sorts out of tools I already have. Don't know if it will work for all size rims, but it worked fine for this Mila Miglia.

 

Mark bad spot with Sharpie. Tape edges of spoiler bender and open up one side to allow rim to enter. Do not tighten the bender - the rim needs to move

 

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Lay on vice, hold a piece of wood on top and gently whack it with a persuader

 

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Works pretty good

 

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Posted 05 December 2019 - 06:26 PM

See...  I taught you something new!  :shok:  :clapping: Looking good, Pablo.

 

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Posted 05 December 2019 - 06:50 PM

:D 


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Posted 05 December 2019 - 07:46 PM

Pretty danged nifty Pablo... :good:


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Posted Yesterday, 05:31 PM

For the smaller dings, I found these flat jaw pliers at Dollar General in the Crafts section, very inexpensive. Right next to the "Beading wire" I've been using for wire wrapping

 

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