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 Post subject: Body panel fasteners
PostPosted: Wed Jul 22, 2020 9:27 am 
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I wanted to relay an incident that happened at MidO this past weekend so the community can take notes.

A friend's motor popped while rocketing down the back straight. Smoke was rolling out from under the hood. He pulled over at the worker station so they could extinguish whatever was going on under the bonnet. The LONE CORNER WORKER did not have a dzus tool to allow removal of the hood. Eventually the worker pulled out his car keys and the driver was able to use them to loosen the dzus button. The worker then popped the bottle, hosed down the fire and all was back to normal (minus one chunk missing from the block).

All of this was, of course, captured on video. It seemed like an eternity while a solution to the dzus button was discovered.

In these days of under staffed corner stations and under experienced workers, do them a favor by carrying a dzus tool with you (mount one in the cockpit) or use fasteners that do not require a tool to be used in the first place.

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 Post subject: Re: Body panel fasteners
PostPosted: Wed Jul 22, 2020 3:41 pm 
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Good call Dayle. We've got 5 fasteners on each of our cars and use the "Mickey Mouse" eared units. Grab 'em and turn 'em.

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 Post subject: Re: Body panel fasteners
PostPosted: Wed Jul 22, 2020 4:21 pm 
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Brian Linn has a dzus tool clipped (using a broom handle type clip) on the sheet metal right in the cockpit.

https://images.homedepot-static.com/pro ... 4_1000.jpg

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 Post subject: Re: Body panel fasteners
PostPosted: Wed Jul 22, 2020 8:11 pm 
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racer_tim wrote:
Brian Linn has a dzus tool clipped (using a broom handle type clip) on the sheet metal right in the cockpit.

https://images.homedepot-static.com/pro ... 4_1000.jpg

That's how the car came to me, and it's great as long as the last person puts it back. So thanks to Bill Ball or Bobby Lentz or Kevin Allen for that piece of ingenuity.
I do have a flat dzus tool that is held in place with a magnet inside the passenger compartment in the MG, for the occasion that Dayle describes. When I did the Bugeye bonnet, I used the Dzus' with the ears style that Bob describes to reduce the need for a tool.


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 Post subject: Re: Body panel fasteners
PostPosted: Thu Jul 23, 2020 9:40 am 
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I always kept a magnet on the inside of the door with dzus tool and allen wrench that fit the mirrors stuck to it...


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 Post subject: Re: Body panel fasteners
PostPosted: Thu Jul 23, 2020 10:10 am 
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Don't recall who or even which Runoffs, but a driver had to go all the way back to his pit to get the "special" tool to open his hood. It took him over 20 minutes and everyone else sat there waiting for him to return with the "special" tool. Once there, it sure looked like a short screw driver to me but what do I know.

Also, always have whatever it takes to give a fuel sample. Tie wrap it in a bag in your trunk. Makes everything go so much faster.

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 Post subject: Re: Body panel fasteners
PostPosted: Thu Jul 23, 2020 11:00 am 
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I've always carried one in the pocket of my suit...they are still there.

I wanted it mainly to pull the airdam off in case of a tow, but your use case is way more critical.


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 Post subject: Re: Body panel fasteners
PostPosted: Thu Jul 23, 2020 11:07 am 
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Just a suggestion to everyone with the idea of strapping something inside the car... You can buy 2-sided Velcro in strips or rolls and use it to wrap around roll bars and whatnot to secure hoses or tools. it comes off quickly and easily, and you can easily replace the tool when you're done with it as opposed to a zip tie which is a 1-time-use thing. the velcro I use is just a little stretchy so I can hold stuff pretty tight when I wrap the velcro around itself.

Also works great for those things you are always getting into or removing. on the kids go karts, I use it to secure the wiring harnesses and fuel lines since I pull the engine every few sessions to adjust the clutch or change gearing.

https://www.amazon.com/StarTech-com-Hoo ... B01MSE04YZ

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 Post subject: Re: Body panel fasteners
PostPosted: Thu Jul 23, 2020 4:09 pm 
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A dime or a penny works ok too

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 Post subject: Re: Body panel fasteners
PostPosted: Mon Jul 27, 2020 8:59 am 
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It wasn't me, but that thing came in handy more than once.....unfortunately.

Every race car absolutely needs whatever tools might be used to; load the car on a roll back, open the hood, open the trunk, get to the battery, open the fuel cell, adjust mirrors, access and operate fuel test port etc some where in the car. If these tools are not in you could /should fix that right now quite easily.

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