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Old 08-15-2007, 08:19 PM
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Kevin45...your the perfect example of the true hotrodders community in the country,you cant find a better bunch of people.

i know the punch is being made but just maybe a suggestion in the future who may need one....wont the gasket cutter/punches work in that vinyl too?.
My father always had a set in the garage he used in a wooden case with all the sizes,and now this thread reminds me,im puttin my "dips" on it before my brother does..lol..my father is retired and never works in the garage anymore.

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Old 08-16-2007, 01:30 AM
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wont the gasket cutter/punches work in that vinyl too?.
They should if you have one that goes down to an 1/8" in size. Probably better that maybe what I made, because the ones that I have seen have a thru hole that lets the material slugs push on thru.
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Punching holes in vinyl is very simple. Almost anything that is the right diameter and is sharp will do the job just fine. Just remember to use a piece of hardwood and a piece of chipboard (chipboard, like that cardboard on the back of a tablet of paper, not corrugated cardboard) as a backer, and try to only hit the punch just hard enough to cut through the vinyl and the chipboard. Ideally, just enough to cut into the chipboard. That will keep the punch from getting dull. Smaller holes like this can be done with a punch and a metal hammer. Larger holes with larger punches, especially arch punches, should be hit with a dead blow hammer. The pictures are of the type of 1/8" punch that will work the best for you.
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A lot of good ideas. I hope other members also try this method.....a special thanks to Kevin45 who has the punches he made on the way.

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Don,
If the ones I sent don't work out or to your satisfaction, let me know and I'll whip up one like Dan is showing. At the time I didn't even think of it. After I sent the other, then I thought about it. But we can get you straightened out though.

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I want to thank Kevin again for all the work he went to. The tool is a work of art.

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Don....I can make you a punch but it won't be until Monday when I go back to work if you can wait that long. It wil punch a single hole, but will cut clean. You will have to back it up with wood or a piece of plastic.. Or if you know someone that has a machine shop, and they know what a drill blank is, get one of the proper diameter and using a carbide center drill on a lathe, drill it until the hole meets the edge. A hardened drill blank makes and excellent hole punch. We make them all the time to cut out gaskets etc. So let me know and I can make you up a couple and send them to you.

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Kevin45 is what this site is all about. All he wanted to do was help somebody. He wasn't looking for props, and he had no agenda of his own. Don Meyer: I hope some day you get to meet Kevin in person and buy him a beverage.
I can't believe the comeraderie on this site. I have already, in a year and a half, met some of the nicest people on the planet. Some of these people I consider my very good friends. Alan, Dusty, Brian(armysniper), Jim(ford SR) Dewey (cboy) Vince (302/Z28) and Sam (OneMoreTime) who encouraged me to be a moderator. By the way, Powerrodsmike was a huge help to me as was Docvette.
All of you hold a special place in my heart. I hope one day to meet all of you in person and shake your hands. Having cboy so close to me (18 miles away) is a huge plus. You will never meet a nicer, more helpful man. Talk about a Band of Brothers,........this is it!
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I.d like to buy every one on this site a drink (of course especially Kevin). We just got to make some plans for us to get together.......any suggestions?

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