Ford Model A Pickup Restoration June 2017

This month I will make the cap of my wheelhub.

Ford Model A Restoration Project Juni 2017

To do this, I had to make some tools for the press. Everything is ready, a round piece of sheet metal, the stamp and as a die a ring of aluminum.

Ford Model A Restoration Project Juni 2017

Let's go to the press for the first trial.

Ford Model A Restoration Project Juni 2017

From below, the first try does not look that bad …

Ford Model A Restoration Project Juni 2017

… but from above the result is not what I wanted to see :-(

Ford Model A Restoration Project Juni 2017

A second try with a smaller sheet metal diameter is much better.

Ford Model A Restoration Project Juni 2017

Still the cylindrical part of the cap is not usable.

Ford Model A Restoration Project Juni 2017

After that, I first made a new die from steel instead of aluminum and I changed the pressing procedure.

Ford Model A Restoration Project Juni 2017

As the pressing pressure increases, the edge of the sheet metal is slightly discarded.

Ford Model A Restoration Project Juni 2017

Before I build up further pressure I smoothed this edge with a hammer until the edge flattened. The steel is compressed now and the folds are gone.

Ford Model A Restoration Project Juni 2017

This smoothing I make now step by step until the entire edge has disappeared in the steel ring.

Ford Model A Restoration Project Juni 2017

Everything is looking perfect from below.

Ford Model A Restoration Project Juni 2017

This time, also the cylindrical surface is smooth and the part can finally be used!

Ford Model A Restoration Project Juni 2017

The cup does not have the final shape which is made now. This step is simple, the only problem is that all parts must be perfectly aligned.

Ford Model A Restoration Project Juni 2017

The tools used for this step are shown on the left side of the picture.

Ford Model A Restoration Project Juni 2017

5 pieces are made now, one of them is a spare part, should something go wrong.




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