The Dzus fastener
Posted 15 March 2003 - 10:48
One of the things that I noticed about the Kieft GP car when it made it’s debut last year was that it uses the Dzus fasteners all over the place to retain the bodywork. Was their use commonplace by 1954? The company started in 1932 in the USA and 1938 in the UK, so I suppose they could have been.
Who first used them for the retention of body panels?
Posted 15 March 2003 - 11:04
If so, that would have spelled out their earliest usage.
Probably a good way to find out would be to check on the V16 BRMs...
Posted 15 March 2003 - 11:23
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Posted 16 March 2003 - 16:24
I have them in precisely the same application as Eric, but as yet have never needed to replace them, so the pronunciation has only been an academic issue, thus far!
Posted 16 March 2003 - 16:45
I spent a winter interning as a race mechanic and those things gave me a nightmare. They were actually brilliant to use but in one case they were my biggest and most annoying project. We had an 84(?) Van Diemen and one of the chassis crossbars in the nose area was a bit bent so when the plastic nosecone was attached it didnt set right. So I spent what must have been half a week trying to balance having the bar be even, the nose fit properly to the rest o the bodywork, and not have the zeus fasteners sit flush with the bodywork on either side
Posted 16 March 2003 - 16:50
The fastener application was largely used used for aircraft starting in 1932 when William Dzus built the 1st quarter turn fastener. The Dzus Company
Now I would imagine that some creative and resourceful racing mechanic would have caught on to those trick fasteners not too much later. But when and where would be the big question.
Posted 16 March 2003 - 17:46
(Although they might be Cameron Millar equivalents, I suppose)
Posted 16 March 2003 - 18:25
Posted 16 March 2003 - 19:59
Did you live in New Zilland? I don't think I've ever heard any pronunciation other than 'dzeus'.
Posted 17 March 2003 - 08:16
ZOOCE ---- is the right pronunciation i believe.;) Great when they are
fitted correctly but a bugger when there a bit out or OLD , Them an Race Tape where
would we have been without them.
Posted 17 March 2003 - 15:51
I called the company here in Orange County to see how they say their name...
The "d" is silent, so we stand corrected, though some of their distributors also stand in that line.
Posted 17 March 2003 - 19:44
Originally posted by rdrcr
.....I called the company here in Orange County to see how they say their name.....
Dedication, Richard, sheer dedication...