Make your own correct hose clamps

November 1, 2017 | By Staff

Question:

My 1959 Ford doesn’t look right with modern screw-type clamps under the hood on the hoses for the radiator and the heater lines, etc. Various vendors offer period-correct clamps, but they are generally single-use devices, and sometimes not the right size. Also, they are not cheap. Is there a better alternative?

Answer:

A ClampTite tool lets you make hose clamps of pretty much any size at any time. This cool tool was featured at the SEMA Show in 2013. It uses wire to form a hose clamp. It appears to work well and is simple to use, making a betterlooking clamp then those replacement modern worm clamps, plus one size fits all. Prices are typically around $25 and up for the device, and the company also offers wire in various gauges. I have not tried this device myself but it looks good, and there are demonstration videos on their website. Let us know how you like it. You can order one at:

ClampTite, LLC P.O. Box 882 Cape Canaveral, FL 32920 clamptitetools.com

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