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View Poll Results: Which Do You Prefer
Tower Clamp 21 37.50%
Plain Old Hose Clamp 21 37.50%
Quality Hose Clamp Such As Constant Tension Or T Bolt 13 23.21%
Something In Black 1 1.79%
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post #1 of 43 (permalink) Old Mar 13th, 19, 10:21 PM Thread Starter
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Let's Talk Hose Clamps

Well I just removed the numbers matching 396 from my 69 and installed a 496. Have several items that would let the casual observer think it is still a 396 such as open element chrome air cleaner with turbo jet decal and 396 call out, 396 valve covers, etc but several items that are not original.
I also have all the hoses off at this time. Happen to have a complete set of repo tower clamps but not sure I want to use them as I don't really trust them. So which hose clamp do you prefer.
Also anyone know who sells a quality stainless hose clamp that is black in color?
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post #2 of 43 (permalink) Old Mar 13th, 19, 11:44 PM
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Re: Let's Talk Hose Clamps

I use the constant tension clamps like late model GMs and Mopars. They don't look period correct and they're kind of a pain to put on but you never have to deal with them again once they're on. I'll never use a worm-gear clamp again.

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Re: Let's Talk Hose Clamps

I just installed tower clamps on mine over the winter. I had no problems installing and so far, no leaks.

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Constant Tension = Mind at ease - no worries.
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post #5 of 43 (permalink) Old Mar 14th, 19, 11:10 AM Thread Starter
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Re: Let's Talk Hose Clamps

So for those installing tower clamps do you put some sort of sealer on the inside of the hose and if so what effect does that have on eventual removal of the hose and then reinstall at ion of same hose?
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Re: Let's Talk Hose Clamps

I've had repop tower clamps on my car for 4 years without a problem. Even had the upper hose on and off a coupe times. No sealant on the hose. So far I haven't had any problems out of them.
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Re: Let's Talk Hose Clamps

Tower Hose Clamps seem to be "required," but really, unless your car is in a judged car show are they necessary?
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Re: Let's Talk Hose Clamps

Bruce,
In reality they are always judged but most times just not officially,
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Worm clamps cause they are so easy.
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Re: Let's Talk Hose Clamps

I like these clamps, but apparently I am in the minority based on reviews. Summit used to sell them in a kit. The inner liner is nice, as it prevents the clamp from digging into the hose, but they have all the convenience of normal worm gear clamps.

https://www.summitracing.com/parts/sum-390503
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Re: Let's Talk Hose Clamps

The tower clamp kit is much cheaper than others and just look right for a stock appearance.
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I like these clamps, but apparently I am in the minority based on reviews. Summit used to sell them in a kit. The inner liner is nice, as it prevents the clamp from digging into the hose, but they have all the convenience of normal worm gear clamps.

https://www.summitracing.com/parts/sum-390503
Cool, I have not seen those before. I read the bad review. I can't imagine how that clamp could cause a leak.
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post #13 of 43 (permalink) Old Mar 14th, 19, 5:46 PM
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Re: Let's Talk Hose Clamps

Constant tension crack when they get old,sick of changing them at work.Tower clamps are junk ,just took them of my car and into the garbage.The new design adjustable stainless clamps made for rubber with the solid sections that dont bite the rubber is my preference.
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Re: Let's Talk Hose Clamps

I've never seen a constant tension crack but I can see how it could be a problem if they're mishandled. I have a 1990 Toyota that I've had every constant tension off of at some point, some of them repeatedly, and they're all original and doing exactly what they're supposed to.

In my youth when I was smarter than any OEM I would take the constant tension clamps and throw them away, replace them with worm-gear. Took a lot of years of re-tightening and replacing hoses damaged by worm-gears to realize the OEMs were right all along. Life's better now that I'm not so smart.

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Re: Let's Talk Hose Clamps

I like T bar clamps. I drive my car, In nice weather, and I don't want to worry about the little things that might strand me on the side of the road.
Tower clamps, I don't trust.

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