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 How many clecos required?
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Posted - 08/06/2011 :  21:03:25  Show Profile  Reply
I need to buy clecos to do the fuselage build.
Any suggestions on how many should I get?

I counted over 340 rivet holes just in the side skins!


Bill Williams

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Posted - 08/07/2011 :  04:27:15  Show Profile  Reply
You don't need one for every hole, every other will get the job done.
I usually drill and cleco using #40 clecos in every other hole, then come back will a 30 drill and cleco in every other hole. A good rule of thumb is to start any hole with a 40 drill and enlarge to the finished size. I think at one time Bob and I had somewhere around 400 ea. of the 40's and 30's between us. I also have a small collection of 5/32, 3/16, 1/4 clecos. I would think 100 to 150 would get the job done.

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