How to drill a hole in a relay rod. (pics)

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Mar 6, 2005
Mauldin, SC
Well I had no choice yesterday and had to fab up my own relay rod to connect to the pitman arm. I went to the local NAPA and thought I had bought a standard 11/16 x18 right hand thread tie rod. Ended up being metric. But I had to buy the tap anyway. Found a place near me called Travers tool and supply ( )that has every tool in the world. Big catalog company. They hooked me up with the metric tap the drill bit and the taper for the pitman arm.

Now all I had to do is drill a straight hole 3 inches into the rod. Not as easy as it seems. I used a test piece that I had cut off to see if I knew what I was doing. This is the jig I came up with. Worked perfect! Now I can tap any relay rod Like a trail spare in no time flat.



And I couldn't have done without this baby. THrough all my cruiser mods. I say it's right up there with my welder as one of the most used pieces in the shop and saves a heck of a lot of time. Click and walk away it does all the rest. You know it's done when the metal hits the floor. I love that sound. Especially when its a 1/2 inch x 4inch thick metal that would have taken me 30 minutes to sawzaw through.

oooooooo...i like the hack saw, i wish i had one of those :frown: ;) :D

nice work on the jig too :cheers:

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