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    Morris Tilly late model

    Quick Update: I've been away in the old country for 5 weeks or so, had a grand time, met Rampant_rivet at Caldicott Castle and saw his brilliant Bedford MW, and amongst other things sent my steering wheel frames to Steering wheel Restorations in Kent. They were basket cases the resin castings completely gone, though thankfully the frames were sound. I striped off the old resin, careful use of a dremel patience and thoughtful application of a screwdriver and hammer! When cutting into the resin, I noticed they were an odd shade of "pea/Toy soldier Green" they weren't the Bakelite I thought they might have been. A suprisingly soft material despite its age, very good at clogging up dremel bits! We sandblasted and primed the frames, and that's where things stalled, it was a low priority at that stage and the shipping to the UK would be rather steep. My trip to the UK meant I could save a few dollars on postage so i boxed them up stuffed them into my suitcase, and when the opportunity arrived I sent them, and hoped for the best. after hearing nothing for a few days I rang them, fearing they were lost in the post, "yeah, we recieved them a few days ago, I've just pulled the first one out of the mould, and the second one should be done monday" Wow, I was expecting months. That was just before bank holiday weekend,. I recieved them Wednesday evening, and i couldn't be happier and at the first opportunity I took them down to Johns place and popped them on the Tilly! They even did a reasonable job matching the green!
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    Bedford MWD restoration

    Hello Jeremy, It was great to meet up today and have a chat and a few mug fulls of Char, your Bedford is an absolute gem and it was a real pleasure to met you, your mates and your lovely wife. Hope you have a great weekend and a safe trip back home. Cheers Chris
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    Morris Tilly late model

    John Neville is a Wizard of metalwork! I'm extremely lucky to have such an inventive person to keep this project rolling along.
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    Morris Tilly late model

    Sandblasting and painting will have to wait for the new year. Attached Thumbnails
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    Morris Tilly late model

    I used welding rods to get the correct size round to make the small keepers for the seat cushion straps. small tabs were added to the seat back and holes drilled to attach. Apart from adding the handbook pocket to the rear of the drivers seat these seats are complete. Attached Thumbnails
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    Morris Tilly late model

    They didn't come out too bad. Attached Thumbnails
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    Morris Tilly late model

    I then scrapped up a simple die to form the small pressings. Attached Thumbnails
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    Morris Tilly late model

    I cut a piece for the reinforcing and plug welded it in place Attached Thumbnails
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    Morris Tilly late model

    I had some sheet metal folded and scribed the shape onto it. I cut a piece of 10mm bar the same shape to dress the edge and folded a new piece of 4mm wire into the edge using a pair of pliers. Attached Thumbnails
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    Morris Tilly late model

    That almost completes the bottom half. The seat back on the complete set of seats we have are not good enough to use so I will make two sets of those. There is a reinforced section on the bottom which has two small pressings which take the weight of the seat back against the legs. The first thing to do was unpick the wire edge and fold out the frame for a pattern. Attached Thumbnails
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    Morris Tilly late model

    I drilled holes around the edge of the seat base to plug weld to the frame and turned down some half inch bolts to match the stepped bolts that hinge the to seat halves together. Attached Thumbnails
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    Morris Tilly late model

    With the legs bent up and joined I added them to the base frame and also added the adjusting mechanism and the claws that locate the legs to the floor frame. Attached Thumbnails
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    Morris Tilly late model

    Next is the legs of the seats. This is made from standard 3mm x 25mm angle iron but is trimmed down to 18mm on one side so first was to cut off the excess on one side. I will do these as eight bends on the lager radius of the template and then weld them in the centre where required to get the correct shape and size. Attached Thumbnails
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    Morris Tilly late model

    It came out exactly how I wanted it. Attached Thumbnails
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    Morris Tilly late model

    To prepare for the seat base frame I had a piece of 2mm strip folded to the correct dimension. I ground a round edge on the top of the template to accommodate the curve of the strip of now angle. I was able to use the cross cavity to anchor clamps and supports to secure the angle and with a bit of heat worked the angle around the template. It puckered in the corner as is went which I expected and it was just a case of heating the pucker up and hammering it down. Attached Thumbnails
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