Ford Model A Pickup Restoration Mai 2016

This month I'll assemble my self made toolbox.

Ford Model A Restoration Project Mai 2016

All parts are glazed (3 layers) and ready for assembly.

Ford Model A Restoration Project Mai 2016

I start with the interior parts.

Ford Model A Restoration Project Mai 2016

Thereafter, the outer walls can be mounted.

Ford Model A Restoration Project Mai 2016

At the bottom, I put some 'Weicon' rubber to the surface - this will prevent the box from moving around in my boot.

Ford Model A Restoration Project Mai 2016

I do this also where the jack is lying, so it will not rumble in my box.

Ford Model A Restoration Project Mai 2016

The last missing part is the lid of the box. I take some 1.5 mm aluminum sheet and I want to put 'No 84' on top of it. All of my wooden parts are marked with this number (hidden side) and I guess that this was the 84th car (coach) which was made at 'Wilhelm Frey' in Liestal. First I make a 1:1 sketch of the logo in the same shape as it can be found on the wooden parts.

Ford Model A Restoration Project Mai 2016

Then I have bent the letters and digits out of 3 mm steel wire. The sharp corners of the 'N' was a little bit tricky and I had to use my file.

Ford Model A Restoration Project Mai 2016

Now, I make the transfer to a 3 mm MDF plate (red line). After that, with a distance of 1,5 - 2 mm to the red line, I draw the green line. The green line marks the cutting line.

Ford Model A Restoration Project Mai 2016

But before you begin with sawing, all lines must be transferred to a transparent paper. Don't forget to transfer also the vertical and horizontal guide lines. These are extremely important later for the exact positioning!

Ford Model A Restoration Project Mai 2016

Now you can saw out the whole thing with a coping saw.

Ford Model A Restoration Project Mai 2016

From now on, everything must be mirrored. Turn over the transparent paper and fix the wire digits with adhesive tape.

Ford Model A Restoration Project Mai 2016

The MDF panel is also turned over and glued to a second MDF panel (same size). Mark all guide lines on the side of the panel that they can be easily transferred to the back after the glue has dried.

Ford Model A Restoration Project Mai 2016

Now you see the reason for these guides lines. They help for exact alignment in the front and back of the aluminum sheet metal. Therefore these guidelines must also be drawn on both sides of the sheet metal. Now you can align the MDF panel and fix it with tape.

Ford Model A Restoration Project Mai 2016

Now place the aluminum under the press and align the transparent paper with the numbers on top also with the guide lines.

Ford Model A Restoration Project Mai 2016

Then put a thick plate on top of all and squeeze it.

Ford Model A Restoration Project Mai 2016

And this is the final result. I recommend to do some previous tests before you ruin a new aluminum sheet. You will get different results depending on the thickness of the wire or the MDF plate. You can also take 2 mm sheet steel for the shape of wider letters.

Ford Model A Restoration Project Mai 2016

The rest was made with a swaging machine. It gives more stability and visually it also looks better.

Ford Model A Restoration Project Mai 2016

To bend the edges I'm using 2 solid angle sections of steel.

Ford Model A Restoration Project Mai 2016

On both sides I fixed it with pliers.

Ford Model A Restoration Project Mai 2016

For bending the short side I used a shorter angular profile.

Ford Model A Restoration Project Mai 2016

Now the tool box can be filled with tools.

Ford Model A Restoration Project Mai 2016

I have slightly polished the aluminum lid. Too shiny for hiding in the trunk … ;-)

Ford Model A Restoration Project Mai 2016

Now I want to make the test if it fits into my trunk. So far I can move it easily on the wheels.

Ford Model A Restoration Project Mai 2016

On the right hand side is my toolbox, on the left the CO2 fire extinguisher and I even have a little bit free space for a small backpack … :-)




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