Easy grab iron bending jig


Dennis Storzek <dennis@...>
 

The easiest to make jig to bend consistent grab irons is simply a hole drilled in a length of .060 or .080 styrene strip. Drill a hole to fit the wire the width of the grab iron from the end of a strip that's long enough to hold easily. Place the end of the wire in the hole and bend it down flat on the strip, this is the first bend. Now bend it down over the  end of the strip, making sure the wire is at right angles to the end of the strip. The resulting grab will be slightly wide (by 1/2 the wire diameter). This may be acceptable, if not simply file a little off the end of the strip and bend another. A couple tries should nail it.

Dennis Storzek


Dave Parker
 

This is the jig I use to bend grabs in a variety of lengths -- a simple carpenter's shim.  I usually bend the first leg with pliers to get a good crisp 90, then put the wire on the wedge and fold over the second bend, and then make final adjustments again with pliers..  The pencil marks indicate some prior usages, including times when I have needed to tweak the lengths slightly to match NBWs or ladder stiles on the car-body. 

For drop grabs, I just use that trick of a set of pliers with "stop" made from a piece of tape positioned on one jaw face.  This easily forms the downward bends to complete the grab.



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Dave Parker
Swall Meadows, CA


Eric Hansmann
 

I use a scrap of styrene novelty siding to bend grabs. I drill a hole in a groove the set distance from the side of the siding scrap. This was featured in a 2015 DesignBuildOp blog post.

http://designbuildop.hansmanns.org/2015/08/06/simple-tools/

 

 

Eric Hansmann

Murfreesboro, TN

 

 

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This is the jig I use to bend grabs in a variety of lengths -- a simple carpenter's shim.  I usually bend the first leg with pliers to get a good crisp 90, then put the wire on the wedge and fold over the second bend, and then make final adjustments again with pliers..  The pencil marks indicate some prior usages, including times when I have needed to tweak the lengths slightly to match NBWs or ladder stiles on the car-body. 

For drop grabs, I just use that trick of a set of pliers with "stop" made from a piece of tape positioned on one jaw face.  This easily forms the downward bends to complete the grab.



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Dave Parker
Swall Meadows, CA


Thomas Evans
 

I've used the same bending jig as Dennis for years except that mine is brass since I thought it would be more durable.
I also use a length of appropriate thickness material (strip wood or styrene) to space out the grabs from the side of the car when gluing them on.
That needs to be somewhat narrower than the length of the grab so as not to glue it to the car side!

Tom E.