Ford Model A Pickup Restoration April 2011

Since I am waiting for various items to finish the leather seat work, I have continued the work on my new door handles.

Ford A Restaurierung April 2011

These axes I have already made during the last month. Since the shape was bad, I have reworked the curves a little bit.

Ford A Restaurierung April 2011

I have made this little device that I can easily make a hole into my brass plates on my lathe.

Ford A Restaurierung April 2011

One door handle is made of 4 parts.

Ford A Restaurierung April 2011

The parts for the handle are fixed together and ready for brazing.

Ford A Restaurierung April 2011

For brazing, use a good silver solder with a low melting point. That way the solder is well distributed between the brass plates.

Ford A Restaurierung April 2011

In a second step I soldered the handle with the axle.

Ford A Restaurierung April 2011

Both door handles are nearly finished, you only have to to some optical processing …

Ford A Restaurierung April 2011

First, the redundant ends on both sides were sawn off.

Ford A Restaurierung April 2011

Then the outer shape is grounded on a grinding wheel.

Ford A Restaurierung April 2011

Make it more smooth and you see how the handles look like.

Ford A Restaurierung April 2011

Into the wells there come later some plastic inserts.

Ford A Restaurierung April 2011

I will fit the front window before I start with the painting job. Therefore I have to assemble the glass, rubber and the brass frame.

Ford A Restaurierung April 2011

The rubber frame is assembled.

Ford A Restaurierung April 2011

Because the new glass is slightly thicker than the old one, I had to sand the rubber seal to make ist slightly thiner. This procedure can be done easily with a Dremel and an abrasive role like on the picture.

Ford A Restaurierung April 2011

These are the disassembled mechanical parts for opening the front window. They are polished and nickel plated.

Ford Model A Restoration April 2011

Assembled it looks like new.




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