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Old 11th Jan 2020, 11:19 pm   #1
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Default Unknown fixing (clip)

Can anyone tell me what type of fixing this is, put a name to it. And where I may be able to purchase. It is one of four fixings to secure chassis in a Ferguson 342bu, and one is broken. Hope pics are clear enough.

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Old 11th Jan 2020, 11:30 pm   #2
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Hi Ian, I think they were manufactured by CLIX, sometimes used to secure backs as well.

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Old 11th Jan 2020, 11:57 pm   #3
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Looks like a relative of the 'Tinnerman Nut' but I'm afraid it didn't help with a quick search.
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Old 12th Jan 2020, 12:21 am   #4
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Hi. Results come up for Spire nuts, self tapping spring clips, U nuts, Spring clips etc but they only show the thin panel versions.

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Old 12th Jan 2020, 12:33 am   #5
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I know them as Spire nuts or spire clips. Maybe they were one of the first with such things. But with the wide throat of the clipping aspect, it may be a custom-made part.

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Old 12th Jan 2020, 12:47 am   #6
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They look a bit like a cross between the ones on the TR82 and the regular ones.
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Old 12th Jan 2020, 1:33 am   #7
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I know them as Spire clips. Looks as if the clip clips on to a fairly thick item (wood) and the fixing screw, presumably a self tapper, passes through a bore in the wood. If you can't find a clip, you could fill the through hole with a styrene wood filler (plastic padding or ronson wood filler) and drill a hole slightly larger than the root of the screw and screw it in. If it is a machine screw, drill and tap as you would in soft metal.
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Ian, how is it broken ? I had one in the past where the 2 thin parts had snapped and I soldered it back together. It was fine as it's not under much tension once the screw tightens the clip towards the panel.

I have been doing some searching but still can't find any thick panel versions even from China.

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You can also use a thin panel one with all of it placed on the far side of your thick panel, with a dab of resilient glue (Evostik) to hold it in place until the screw is inserted. There is a risk, though, that the spire clip drops off when the screw is withdrawn.

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Old 12th Jan 2020, 1:49 pm   #10
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Thanks for all your replies. I have searched the internet with no luck. Regarding broken clip there is just a small piece of it left, so no bits to put back together. There are four plastic mounts for the clips which form part of the case. I have added 2 more pics one with clip on mount one without.

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Old 12th Jan 2020, 2:02 pm   #11
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what is the thickness of the plastic?
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Old 12th Jan 2020, 2:05 pm   #12
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I made a similar one once by folding a piece of thin brass sheet into a 'U' shape and drilling a large clearance hole one side and a smaller hole the other side sized for the self-tapping screw. I did not attempt to fabricate the 'teeth' on the original Spire clip, but I did run the screw through before fitting it to the set to avoid it twisting out of position during first assembly.

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Old 12th Jan 2020, 2:30 pm   #13
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Plastic is 17mm wide and recess that clips slides into is 12mm. Thanks Ron may end up doing what you have said.

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Old 12th Jan 2020, 3:25 pm   #14
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I remember these being used in the 50s and 60s to hold the card backs on tvs like the Ferguson 992 etc.Sorry can't help with the name or with the supplier.Peter.
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also used on radiograms to hold on the card backs
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Old 12th Jan 2020, 8:37 pm   #16
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Certainly used a lot on tv,s and many other things.Though I never knew the name of them before.
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Old 12th Jan 2020, 9:46 pm   #17
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Hi I have this clip yours if it will fit

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Old 13th Jan 2020, 1:13 pm   #18
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That looks like the one Mike, Have sent you PM.

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Old 15th Jan 2020, 4:19 pm   #19
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Can Mods please close this thread. I have received exact clip required from Mike (Cobaltblue). Thanks again Mike really appreciated.

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