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Posted March 08, 2017 - 04:44 PM

Got the areas marked out for the recesses, cut the metal out and started to form the lips for the steps - got the large step and one of the small steps done.

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  • 14 Starting To Bend Lips Around Recesses.jpg

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Posted March 08, 2017 - 05:08 PM

Looks great 29Chev!!!!!!


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Posted March 08, 2017 - 06:22 PM

Can't wait to see how it comes out. 


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Posted March 08, 2017 - 07:14 PM

Can't wait to see how it comes out. 

Me neither - not sure what it will look like yet.  Bending 16 gauge steel using hand tools is fun.


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Posted March 09, 2017 - 05:50 PM

Double checked and found I that I was off about 1/4" in the lip placement for the inner lip on the large recess (not far enough away from smaller pads lip) so I bent the lip back down and formed the lip to make he stepped areas as part of the pads which seemed to work better and got the lip location within 1/8" of the original one.  Got the holes enlarged where the stepped pieces go and then got them tacked in place - will have to see how much things distort when they are welded.

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  • 3 Piece To Make Large Pad.jpg
  • 4 Pieces To Play With.jpg
  • 5 Lip Bent Back Down For Large Pad And Rest Cut Out.jpg
  • 6 Lip Bent Back Down For Large Pad And Rest Cut Out.jpg
  • 7 Old And New.jpg
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  • 9 New On Top Of Old.jpg
  • 10 Proper Distance Between Steps.jpg
  • 11  Distance Between Steps On New Piece.jpg
  • 12 Top.jpg
  • 13 Bottom.jpg
  • 14 Bottom.jpg
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Posted March 09, 2017 - 07:40 PM

Looking good!


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Posted March 10, 2017 - 06:45 PM

Got the pads welded on and then ground the welds a bit.  The pan distorted a bit from the welding and it now rocks a bit when it is set on a flat surface - will see how bad it gets by the time I am finished welding and then see if I can level it out.  Got the hole locations marked out and pilot holes drilled - will have to double check them and make sure they are all in the correct locations before I enlarge them. 

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  • 8 A Bit Of Grinding On The Inside.jpg
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  • 10 Hole Locations Marked Out.jpg
  • 11 Pilot Holes Drilled.jpg
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Posted March 13, 2017 - 05:08 PM

Got the holes drilled and added the anchors and nuts for the mounting bolts - used 1/8" x 3/4" wide flat steel and threaded the hole for 5/16" UNC and then installed a bolt and threaded a nut hand tight on the bolt and welded the nut to the flat steel.  I did another pass around the pads where they were welded onto the main section to add more strength but unfortunately this made the bottom distort more from the heat and I am not overly pleased with the results.  Will have to see if I can straighten it a bit - even though it won't be seen except when the seat is flipped up it just doesn't suit me the way it is.  May think about things for a day or two while winter gets another lick in - 12 degrees F today and supposed to be windy and white tomorrow - supposed to warm back up to freezing by the weekend.

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  • 8 Holes Drilled And Nuts Welded.jpg
  • 9 Dip In Centre.jpg
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Posted March 13, 2017 - 05:26 PM

I take it's supposed to be flat. There's a way to 'shrink' that, but I don't know exactly how!


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Posted March 16, 2017 - 05:32 PM

It finally got close to the freezing point today so I tried to remove some of the distortion in the pan but after a little while I came to the conclusion that I was never going to be happy with the way the seat pan looked so I made a decision based on stubbornness and pride and started over with some new pieces of steel to make another pan.  This time I have decided to make the main section with the stepped parts and the three pad sections so they will join at the bottom of the step and the outer edge will be part of them in those areas - this will save on some welding and should let the welded areas look better when sanded.  Got the pieces cut out, steps bent and pads tacked in place.

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Posted March 16, 2017 - 06:22 PM

nice


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Posted March 16, 2017 - 08:38 PM

It finally got close to the freezing point today so I tried to remove some of the distortion in the pan but after a little while I came to the conclusion that I was never going to be happy with the way the seat pan looked so I made a decision based on stubbornness and pride and started over with some new pieces of steel to make another pan. This time I have decided to make the main section with the stepped parts and the three pad sections so they will join at the bottom of the step and the outer edge will be part of them in those areas - this will save on some welding and should let the welded areas look better when sanded. Got the pieces cut out, steps bent and pads tacked in place.


I thought it was looking pretty good, but sometimes we are our own best (or worst) critics.
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Posted March 16, 2017 - 09:37 PM

You might call it stubornness and pride but I also see resourcefulness and creativity in play here.  This is a great thread and the seat pan recreation is really interesting to me.  I am enjoying you recreate something that looked improbable to me.  I am learning a lot and am impressed with your work and determination!  Great job.  It looks like  you solved the warping issue.  Keep up the good work :thumbs: !  


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Posted March 17, 2017 - 07:48 AM

I thought it was looking pretty good, but sometimes we are our own best (or worst) critics.

If this was for my own tractor or if the seat did not tip up I might not be as fussy but given what this tractor has been through I want to do the best job I can.  It won't take much steel to fab up another one and now that I think I know how to construct it better it should go faster to make this one.  Since I already have the first pan made if the second one starts to distort I can stop and use the first one - I just would not feel right with this project if I did not try and make another one that was better.

 

You might call it stubornness and pride but I also see resourcefulness and creativity in play here.  This is a great thread and the seat pan recreation is really interesting to me.  I am enjoying you recreate something that looked improbable to me.  I am learning a lot and am impressed with your work and determination!  Great job.  It looks like  you solved the warping issue.  Keep up the good work :thumbs: !  

Will see what this one looks like after I get the welding done - time will tell.


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Posted March 17, 2017 - 03:17 PM

Stew like most of us when we are restoring a piece are our own toughest critic. Stew agreed to tackle this project last fall, he got the seat Feb 2017. What he got was more than I intended or more than he bargained for. He gave this immediate attention even thou as we all know is well into his tube-r restoration.
I continue to be amazed by his inventiveness and craftsmanship, he signed on for an upholstery job and instead has taken on a metal fabrication before he can even get started. I said it before and I'll say it again, this went to Stew because his work is OUTSTANDING, the Best ! I own four others seats by him and they are actually nicer than the OEM.
I don't know if this will be his crowning 'palmarius' or not , his seats for the 1000's & 900's werent to shabby :) to have this seat handmade by him is special,he has my gratitude and admiration for saddling this rusted out mess and making it new.
Thanks buddy.

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