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  • Member since
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  • From: Oromocto, Canada
Home made tow cable
Posted by Gun Tech on Saturday, March 31, 2007 10:11 AM

I made this tread in the techniques forum a little while ago, but decided to move it here as it is more appropriatedWink [;)]

I originally submitted a Reader's tip that appearred in the magazine in November and thought I would explain it in more details while, adding pictures.

I bought cable that is used to hook up stereo speakers. There should be 8 tiny brands twisted in 2 goups of 4, running side by side. I took a bit longer than what I needed, and stripped the insulation. That's the tricky part as these brands are really fragile, and if one is slightly damaged, it might snap later. I then tried to separate each of them as best as possible. After this, I took 2 pairs of small locking pliers. I clamped down both end, making sure the brands are side by side, as close a possible to each other. I then started to twist one end until it looked like I wanted, trying to keep a constant tension.

I noticed that by varying the tension when you twist, it gives different results Wink [;)] 

I made the end clasps by forming the loops with the help of a drill bit, folding the cable back to were I wanted the steel thingy (on a real one) to end. I glued it together a this point. I made the renforcement steel points in the loops by cutting a strip of aluminum foil of the desired width. Not the foil that is use to cover food, but more like the one for a pizza. I used the drill bit again.

The steel thingy was made from a band of the same aluminum foil, slightly longer than the perimeter of the surface to wrap. I then used my drill index, again Big Smile [:D], to bring it to the best tight fit as possible. The rest is just a matter of sliding it into place, rolling it in on itself and shape it to the desired form.

All there is left to do now is to shape as desired.

Jean-Michel    "Arte et Marte"

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Posted by southern dragon on Wednesday, April 4, 2007 7:28 PM

find the right gauge-scale wire, take three strands of equal lengths, chock the three wire in a hand drill, the other ends into a vice, then crank the drill!! i don't know how to do the clamp thing on the end of the cableBlush [:I], but thats how i would do a tow cable

samCowboy [C):-)]

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  • From: Chicago area
Posted by modelmaker66 on Monday, February 22, 2016 3:28 PM

great techniue. better than what comes with the kits!

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    April 2006
  • From: Denver, Colorado
Posted by waynec on Tuesday, February 23, 2016 11:22 AM

southern dragon

find the right gauge-scale wire, take three strands of equal lengths, chock the three wire in a hand drill, the other ends into a vice, then crank the drill!! i don't know how to do the clamp thing on the end of the cable , but thats how i would do a tow cable

sam

 

or find a ship builder friend who has a rope walk, buy him a 6 pack to borrow it and spend an afternoon making 10 feet of tow cable which should last a while.

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