Is there a decent technique to drill holes in metal at an angle?
My "new" car has more empty space in the engine compartment, but it
has almost no "wall space". There are a couple spots big enough to
mount things, but nowhere near big enough to get an electric drill in
to drill the mounting holes, nor enough for one of those right angle
or flexible cable attachments. Not enough for a center punch and
hammer, although maybe enough for a hammerless center-punch (what do
you call those?)
But I could get a drill bit in at maybe a 45 degrees angle.
I thought maybe I could put my finger on the bit and hold it in place
while I dirilled, but maybe there's a better way.
What are you going to mount in there, more cupholders?
No good reason to be drilling in an engine compartment.
Any aftermarket stuff you might put in there should come
with clamp-on attachments.
If you really want to drill holes in there, just take off the fenders
and any other part in the way.
A siren. Right now the alarm just blows a couple horns. It's
And a cupholder.
Because it's only new to me. It's a 2000 Solara convertible, in
great shape, ;76,000 miles.
Radiator had no spots, firewall none I could get to and had enough
space, plus the firewall requires checking out what's on the other
So far the most likely spot is the shock tower on the driver's side.
Yes, I could probably take the wheel off and drill from the other
side, but it would be hard to get the holes in just the right place.
There isn't much room. Like I say, there is almost no wall space.
Yes, if you bring a printout of the web price. Lately I've been finding
that the store sale price is always the same as the online sale price, but
you might still want to call first to find out (and check stock).
How thick is the metal? If it is the sheet metal stuff, you MAY be able to
do it with a Dremel or Foredom with right angle attachment and carbide burr.
It may take a while if the metal has any thickness at all. Other than that,
a smoke wrench .......
What you need is something I have had in my toolbox for years, a right
angle aircraft drill. Mine is a SnapOn, but there are any others, a
little pricey for one use, but far more compact than the Harbor
Freight adapter suggested above. Google it to see some examples.
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