Ford Model A Pickup Restoration July 2017

The last piece which is missing is a tube. This is also made from 1 mm sheet metal.

Ford Model A Restoration Project Juli 2017

First I bend the sheet metal over a round steel and fasten it in that position.

Ford Model A Restoration Project Juli 2017

For welding (to prevent holes …), I clamp a piece of copper on the inside of the tube.

Ford Model A Restoration Project Juli 2017

All tubes are welded, now I'll see how easy these can be shaped.

Ford Model A Restoration Project Juli 2017

For this task I have made these two aluminum molds, which I will press into the pipe to enlarge both sides.

Ford Model A Restoration Project Juli 2017

My first experiments are sobering. Most time the welds cracked or the tube was squashed, … I must think about how I could do that better.

Ford Model A Restoration Project Juli 2017

Now I have grinded the weld, and hammered the whole weld with a small hammer. This has changed the structure of the steel near the weld in such a way that I never cracked a tube anymore. In addition, I have greased the tube on the inside wall, so that I have less friction during the pressing process. Now everything works perfectly.

Ford Model A Restoration Project Juli 2017

One side is already enlarged, now I can make the other side.

Ford Model A Restoration Project Juli 2017

With the right procedure everything works perfectly.

Ford Model A Restoration Project Juli 2017

To clean the welds I had to build a small tool first. From Bosch, there is a grinding machine available which works with such sandpaper rolls. I want to use these rolls but on my own grinding machine.

Ford Model A Restoration Project Juli 2017

This requires a threaded rod which I have modified with a lathe.

Ford Model A Restoration Project Juli 2017

The pieces can be assembled …

Ford Model A Restoration Project Juli 2017

… and mounted on my grinding machine.

Ford Model A Restoration Project Juli 2017

This tool made it easy to grind all weld seams. Now all the necessary parts for my wheelhubs are available and in a next step I will weld them together.




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