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Pipe/Tube Beading Tool

Free Castor/Camber Gauge


Pipe/Tube Beading Tool

This compact, durable, and cost effective tool rapidly forms a hose retaining bead on stainless steel, mild steel and aluminium tube, up to 18swg (1.2mm) wall thickness, and from .75”up to 2.5” OD, without the need to anneal the material beforehand.

The tool requires mounting in a bench vice, (4” min) and is then operated by opening and closing the jaws of the vice while rotating the tube in approx 20deg steps. £85.00 delivered in the UK.

For any further information, to place an order, and for payment options, please contact Crendon Replicas using the details on the contact page.

Intercooler Pipe/Tube Beading Tool

In addition to the standard beading tool described above, we are now manufacturing a larger beading tool designed with Intercooler pipes in mind. The larger tool shares the same design features as the standard tool with the added benefit of handling tubes up to 3.5" OD.

The price of the Intercooler Pipe/Tube Beading Tool is £120 delivered in the UK.

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Free Castor/Camber Gauge

The pictures below show the J.K castor/camber gauge in use setting up the suspension geometry on a Cobra replica with Jaguar front uprights, before body fitting.





A printout of the free J.K castor and camber gauge (have it laminated if possible) fixed to a rigid board (foam display board is very light, cheap and durable).

• An off cut of 25 x 25 x 3 aluminium angle approx. 500mm long to mount the gauge board. • 4 No 4” plastic spring clamps, for clamping angle to suspension and gauge board to angle. • A 12” spirit level (plastic for lightness), or a plumb bob and line if preferred.


CAMBER can be checked by clamping the aluminium angle to the caliper mounting lugs, or the face of the brake disc. It can also be checked very easily at the wheel rim if the print is enlarged to A3 size.


CASTOR can be checked particularly easily on Jaguar uprights, by ensuring that the inner face of the aluminium angle is in contact with the machining register flats on the ends of the caliper mounting lugs, which are parallel to the axis of the top and bottom ball joints. If this is not possible due to the calipers being in place, or the uprights not being provided with a machining register, the true centre of the top and bottom ball joints must be established and the aluminium angle set parallel to their axis and securely clamped in position. Clamp it to the caliper or to a temporary spacing method if required.


Before commencing this work, the vehicle must be set level from side to side, and at its normal ride attitude front to rear. The suspension must be supported at the specified ride height, which requires the spring/damper units to be disconnected.


This method of setting up is particularly accurate due to direct measurement, and long clearly defined calibrations.


Click here to download the free gauge