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    Re: clamshell catches

    Thanks all.
    Yes, concidered drilling, but was hoping there was maybe a way of preserving them as well.
    But I'll just drill them out then.

    I've seen only two holes used at the receiver end on some builds. And was mostly leaning that way. As others also has pointed out, it would also seem to end up near the edge of the GRP with the third new hole. But before deciding, I was also curious as to how this third hole worked with the recess/protruding part of the section with the handle?

    Still haven't been able to upload the other two images I have prepared. At the dialog box when uploading, the wheel just spins without stop. Have never had that problem before.

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    Re: clamshell catches

    Third hole needs to be drilled carefully a it's easy to break through into the pin void. Trial and error to see if you need the additional securing hole to help clamp down any supporting rubber blocks? I'd recommend using a thick spreader plate on the indie of the panels to ensure a good clamp is achieved.
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    Re: clamshell catches

    Quote Originally Posted by Patriq View Post
    Thanks all.
    Yes, concidered drilling, but was hoping there was maybe a way of preserving them as well.
    But I'll just drill them out then.
    You can preserve them.
    Without filing or grinding anything off, use a small parallel punch around 3mm diameter and knock them back through. The swage will give way, just make sure you support the opposite side so that the side doesn't bend. When you reassemble use a ball bearing 6mm diameter to re-swage the end. It doesn't need much, when the catch is closed it can't slide out anyway.


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    Re: clamshell catches

    Quote Originally Posted by STR_Strat View Post
    You can preserve them.
    Without filing or grinding anything off, use a small parallel punch around 3mm diameter and knock them back through. The swage will give way, just make sure you support the opposite side so that the side doesn't bend. When you reassemble use a ball bearing 6mm diameter to re-swage the end. It doesn't need much, when the catch is closed it can't slide out anyway.


    Dave
    Ah, thanks Dave!

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    Re: clamshell catches

    As Guy has said about the backing plate, if you are able to drill and tap it you won’t need nuts on the inside that catch the inner arch seal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Iowstratos View Post
    As Guy has said about the backing plate, if you are able to drill and tap it you won’t need nuts on the inside that catch the inner arch seal.

    Ian
    Thanks Ian!
    Yes, figured that was a good idea. So I will do that regardless.

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    Re: clamshell catches

    Yeah, I used a 1/8 punch, the swage/flare just folded up and the pin fell out. I used a tapered centre punch to re-flare it when I put it back in. Still ok a few years later.
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    Re: clamshell catches

    Do I flatten the backside? Ie, remove the curved part in the enclosed picture?
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    Re: clamshell catches

    No, leave it the way it is.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fingers View Post
    No, leave it the way it is.
    Ok, thx for that!

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