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About Chris_Collins

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  1. 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.
  2. Morris Tilly late model

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

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

    I then scrapped up a simple die to form the small pressings. Attached Thumbnails
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    I cut a piece for the reinforcing and plug welded it in place Attached Thumbnails
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    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
  8. 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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    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
  10. 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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    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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    It came out exactly how I wanted it. Attached Thumbnails
  13. 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
  14. Morris Tilly late model

    It would seem a lot of effort just to press out two seat bases but I will get more out of the die. The seat base frame is light right angle fold in 2mm steel. I will use the top template to form that angle around. Also the seat legs have the same profile as the front of the seat base and are made of 3mm angle iron. I can use the same template to form them. I have since convinced Nick to give me lessons in CAD drawing. Attached Thumbnails
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    So I cut a piece of sheet to size and gave it a go. I allowed a few extra mm all round in case the pressing pulled in slightly. It didn't seem to move at all so once it was done it was a simple matter of scribing around the top template and cutting out with tinsnips. Attached Thumbnails