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Re: [T3] Notch engine lid clip

On 16 Jan 2004 at 1:22, Mark Seaton wrote:

> I'm sure you could get a one-off made by a spring maker for less than that-
> don't be silly and pay those prices- make one yourself out of thick piano
> wire, get one made (get several and start a business!),

I agree that you might be able to make this yourself. I know that I've bought 
music wire from a local piano shop and they had every size you could conceive 

OTOH, this is really hard to do and make it work out nicely, but it might not 
be too hard to make a jig that would make them uniform. Can anyone tell me what 
diameter the wire is? That will give you a really good idea of how hard this 
would be to make.

Also, how much demand is there for this part? If we could use 100, it might be 
practical to get a regular spring wire manufacturer to make some. I don't know 
how much trouble this would be to tool up for, but there are many spring makers 
out there who will make 50-200 of something, but this is somewhat unusual.

I just bought 150 custom stainless steel coil springs for work that are a 
little larger than a pencil. They cost $2.38 each in that quantity, but this 
was a very simple shape.

Jim Adney, jadney@vwtype3.org
Madison, Wisconsin, USA

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