It's a long weekend up here in Canada so I've been tackling a bit of sheet metal work on the 317 Console. The sides were rotten and had been filled in the past and rusted through again. The bottom flange is pretty much rusted off the sides so I thought I'd try to build new sides. The shape is complex and it took a while to measure it up. I cut the 2 16g sides at once with a jig saw using a good quality metal blade. I then measured out all the common holes, centre punched them and drilled a small pilot hole through both pieces. I then drilled the holes on the drill press for each side separately. I used a 7/8" Greenlee punch to cut the large holes and a 2" hole saw for the starter hole for the slot. It went pretty well and it all seems to line up well when placed over the old sides. Now I need to get the old sides off and attach the new ones. I'll probably attempt to spot weld them from the back by drilling holes in the thicker front console, but part of me wants to bolt it all together because the console is always in the way when working on the tractor and is very difficult to remove the way it is attached from the factory. If anyone has any suggestions I'm open to them. Heres some pics.