Plastic sleeving on tabs for harness/fuel pipes?

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#1 Plastic sleeving on tabs for harness/fuel pipes?

Post by Jeremy » Sat Jul 22, 2017 2:14 pm

There are a number of tabs welded in various places around the floors that you bend round the harness (and fuel pipes in the boot) to hold it in place, and they need plastic sleeving to protect the cables from the sharp edges of the tabs. Could anyone advise where I can get this? Many thanks. (sorry, photos not super-clear but I hope you can see enough)

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#2 Re: Plastic sleeving on tabs for harness/fuel pipes?

Post by Nigel GT » Sat Jul 22, 2017 2:40 pm

Hi Jeremy,
I would use a thick wall heatshrink, slightly larger diameter than you need and shrink down using a heat gun,
various suppliers on EBay.

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#3 Re: Plastic sleeving on tabs for harness/fuel pipes?

Post by JagWaugh » Sat Jul 22, 2017 3:37 pm

+1 on heatshrink.

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#4 Re: Plastic sleeving on tabs for harness/fuel pipes?

Post by cactusman » Sat Jul 22, 2017 4:58 pm

+2 on heat shrink...maplin also sell it..
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#5 Re: Plastic sleeving on tabs for harness/fuel pipes?

Post by Jeremy » Sat Jul 22, 2017 9:32 pm

Thanks a lot gents!
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#6 Re: Plastic sleeving on tabs for harness/fuel pipes?

Post by alfazagato » Sat Jul 22, 2017 10:45 pm

I use heat shrink but use two layers to give the thickness needed. I also trim the corners of the steel tags so they are not sharp.
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#7 Re: Plastic sleeving on tabs for harness/fuel pipes?

Post by Jeremy » Sun Jul 23, 2017 3:10 pm

Good idea about the 2 thicknesses Alfa, but as the car will have just come home from the paint shop I'm reluctant to do ANYTHING to damage the paintwork, even on these tabs. Besides, it wouldn't be original if they didn't have sharp corners to cut your fingers on... :wink:
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#8 Re: Plastic sleeving on tabs for harness/fuel pipes?

Post by 288gto » Sun Jul 23, 2017 3:18 pm

This might be stating the obvious but one thing to watch with the heat shrink is when applying heat with a heat gun be careful not to damage your new paint. I used a soldering mat with a slot cut in it for the tab to stick through.

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#9 Re: Plastic sleeving on tabs for harness/fuel pipes?

Post by JagWaugh » Sun Jul 23, 2017 3:46 pm

I use a small butane torch with piezo ignition and an adjustable flame for close work like that. I got my torch in the cooking section of a local store, they're used for making creme Brulee. (I give mine a quick wipe before I bring it into the kitchen.) At the lowest setting the flame is highly localized, and small enough that you don't singe the tubing.

Between that and a pair of slotted Al heatshields it was easy to fit the tube without damaging the paint.

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#10 Re: Plastic sleeving on tabs for harness/fuel pipes?

Post by christopher storey » Sun Jul 23, 2017 4:11 pm

Don't like the idea of a flame at all. Most heatshrink will contract at well under 125C, so I use a hot air gun on its lowest setting, failing which you can try a hairdryer on its highest setting, or at a pinch boiling water

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#11 Re: Plastic sleeving on tabs for harness/fuel pipes?

Post by mgcjag » Sun Jul 23, 2017 4:17 pm

As Christopher said above and if the petrol tank is fitted, or fuel filter etc then dont put a flame anywhere near it.. Steve
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#12 Re: Plastic sleeving on tabs for harness/fuel pipes?

Post by neal herridge » Sun Jul 23, 2017 4:50 pm

You can buy PVC sleeving from Auto Electric Supplies in a large range of sizes which means you can get a size which is a good fit & no need to use the heat gun. It only costs pence per metre so you can try a few different sizes.
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#13 Re: Plastic sleeving on tabs for harness/fuel pipes?

Post by Jeremy » Sun Jul 23, 2017 6:51 pm

Wow - blistering burnt new paint - can you imagine...what a nightmare. Starting with a hairdryer sounds wise or maybe non-shrink sleeving. Anyway many thanks all for that helpful advice. Should get the shell back v soon - it's been more than a year, and I really have run out of things to do....
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