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Twirly Bird
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posted 07-25-2005 09:06 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Twirly Bird   Click Here to Email Twirly Bird     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
OK, I need some ideas here. Between my new floor pan, quaters, and inner/outer rockers, I have a serious number of holes to make before I can plug weld these things into place.

I found several air powered hole punches for $30 or less, but they only do 3/16" holes. I was hoping for 5/16 to 3/8.

Can anyone recommmend the right tool? I don't want to spend a fortune. I have air, electricity and muscle - so I don't care how it is powered.

Any ideas?

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ddenton749
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posted 07-25-2005 10:22 AM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Eric,

Eastwood only has 3/16". Here's a 5/16" one (middle of the page) You'll still have to drill anything that's not along an edge.

http://www.mytoolstore.com/astro/astmat03.html

I used the DeWalt tools 5/16" self pilot drill bits...the same one for drilling out spot welds.

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Twirly Bird
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posted 07-25-2005 11:01 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Twirly Bird   Click Here to Email Twirly Bird     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Actually, that is exactly what I was thinking of but couldn't find. Perfect.

Thanks for finding this!

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SkinnyMan
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posted 07-26-2005 03:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SkinnyMan   Click Here to Email SkinnyMan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Twirly Bird:
Can anyone recommmend the right tool? I don't want to spend a fortune. I have air, electricity and muscle - so I don't care how it is powered.
Any ideas?

Isn't that what round hole saws are for? You know the ones with a regular drill bit in the center with a round saw surronding it.

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Thank you, Thank you very much!

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Twirly Bird
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posted 07-26-2005 04:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Twirly Bird   Click Here to Email Twirly Bird     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yep, technically that would do the trick, but I have a bunch of holes to make. When I did the rockers on the other side, I went through a few bits and lots of time.

The punch that Denton found for me allows quick work with fairly consistant alignment on the holes. Not sure about the tool life, but we'll find out.

Besides, since the body shops can't fit me in right now, I can *justify* some new tools with the money I'm "saving"

Isn't it funny how we can rationalize new tools so easily????

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