The side-grip Cleco fastener...
The side-grip Cleco fastener is ideal for temporarily joining two sheets of metal (or other material) while drilling the holes for more permanent mounting fasteners.
Side-Grip Cleco Fasteners
We are all familiar with the popular Cleco fastener that temporarily holds parts together until we can position the rivet or bolt holes. These handy units clip into a drilled hole and are replaced with rivets when everything has lined up.
Now we can utilize a Cleco fastener that can be attached from the side of two panels instead of through a hole. With the strong spring, the side-grip Cleco firmly holds any set of sheetmetal (or other panels) so you can plan where to place the permanent fasteners.
Adel Wiggins Coupling
One of the neatest connections for fuel or water is the flexible Adel Wiggins coupling. This coupling product allows up to 5 degrees of movement while still maintaining a positive seal for fuel or water applications. Its unique design incorporates two metal tubes with O-rings that fit inside a stainless steel band. This is all held together by a locking band that can be operated with one hand.
Movement and vibrations will not affect the seal on this connection. This connection is most useful in applications that always need to have the conduit removed for servicing. The removal and reattachment of rubber hoses and clamps or screw-on fittings becomes quick and painless.
The Adel Wiggins coupling...
The Adel Wiggins coupling allows a flexible but tight seal while offering quick removal and replacement. The two ends are fitted with O-rings that are set into a stainless steel ring (not shown)...
...and then the two are held...
...and then the two are held together with a locking band (purple part) that snaps into place.
The Staubli quick-release...
The Staubli quick-release fitting allows the removal of hydraulic lines from such parts as brake calipers or clutch release bearings.
Staubli Quick-Release Fittings
Hydraulic pressure lines can have removable fittings that do not allow air to bleed into the system. One such fitting is the Staubli quick-release fitting. It allows clutch line release when you are changing the tranny, or brake line release if you need to replace a caliper quickly.
This is a high-pressure fitting that holds the existing fluid while the hoses are disconnected. When the hoses are reattached, there is no introduction of air into the system. Tranny/bellhousing combos can be replaced easily by disconnecting the Staubli fitting from one and adding it to another. Replacement brake rotors can be fitted so that removal and replacement can be done in seconds and not minutes.
The Push Pin
The standard push pin can be used for attaching any linkage that we may need to remove quickly. The shear strength of these pins is surprisingly high. Teams have been known to use them for attaching shocks, although this is an extreme application and may exceed the shear limits due to the often sudden application of force, not necessarily the magnitude of the force.
A push pin is securing a link...
A push pin is securing a link to a rear sway bar in a Grand Am Daytona Prototype car. The strength of this pin is well above the load that will be applied. If the team wishes to change the length of the "arm" or remove the linkages, it can be done very quickly with the push pin.
Push pins can attach other less-stressed parts such as smaller rear sway bar arms, throttle linkages, and panel supports. With a little imagination, you can probably think of many ways to conveniently hold and attach various parts. Even securing a pit box handle to the box when not in use saves tripping over the handle or having it fall against someone or the inside of the hauler.
Tie-Wraps and Other Wire Attachment Devices
The basic tie-wrap has been with us for some time now. It is a necessary addition to any toolbox and has many varied uses on a race car. We have found some interesting additions to the use and application of the tie-wrap.
Various parts have been developed to attach tie-wraps to the car. There are many different types and shapes of connectors, but the thing to know is that many companies have spent lots of time developing more products that accommodate the tie-wrap, or zip tie as it is sometimes called.
From adhesive-backed plastic plates to specialty tie-wraps that incorporate a way to mount them to a surface, we now have many ways to attach wires or fluid lines to the inside panels or the chassis.
This plastic baseplate is...
This plastic baseplate is made to accept a tie-wrap to secure electrical wires to panels or linkages. It is attached with an epoxy glue to be relatively permanent.
The "fir tree" (describing...
The "fir tree" (describing its shape, which resembles a coniferous tree) tie-wrap is designed to be inserted into a drilled hole for easy attachment of wires.
Here we see a stainless steel,...
Here we see a stainless steel, rubber-cushioned metal clamp. These also come in vinyl-insulated metal and nylon cable clamps. They hold bundles of wires and cables loosely.