Ford Model A Pickup Restoration February 2017

I am still working on my wheel covers. Two steps forward follows one step back, but I'm on a good way to reach my target :-)

Ford Model A Restoration Project February 2017

Regardless what kind of stamp type I'm using, I'm not able to stretch the sheet metal as far as I would like.

Ford Model A Restoration Project February 2017

Therefore, I need a larger stamp diameter for the 2nd stage …

Ford Model A Restoration Project February 2017

… I also got a hole, but the shape of the sheet metal is perfect.

Ford Model A Restoration Project February 2017

View from the outside, everything fits and I can go to the next step, the small edge.

Ford Model A Restoration Project February 2017

For this I use a 5 mm MDF panel and cut a ring out of. This ring is already mounted under the sheet metal. On top of the sheet I place a disc which is 10 mm smaller than the inner diameter of the ring. The exact alignment is very important here, because you will see any asymmetries very well.

Ford Model A Restoration Project February 2017

This additional work was not planned, but since I have no steel disc in the right diameter, I had to gain some space to use a larger steel plate.

Ford Model A Restoration Project February 2017

Everything is ready for the first try. Press with 300 bar pressure and see what's coming out.

Ford Model A Restoration Project February 2017

The MDF disc is removed … at first glance it looks not bad.

Ford Model A Restoration Project February 2017

After checking everything I got the right angle, radius and diameter. So there is no need for a second try with a different setup.

Ford Model A Restoration Project February 2017

With some imagination you can see what it is going to be in the end.

Ford Model A Restoration Project February 2017

Actually, I did test No. 6 and the red arrows on the picture do mark the points where the pressing is already perfect. Next comes the hole circle with the 5 holes for the wheel nuts.




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