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#1 29 Chev ONLINE  

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Posted May 02, 2017 - 05:29 PM

With the last few days being wet and cool I was motivated to work indoors instead of cleaning up the lawn so I decided I would try and fabricate a new seat pan for a 1050 as one of mine is not in the best of shape.  While the 1050 seat pan may be plentiful in some areas here in Southwestern Ontario they are not overly plentiful and are usually pitted, rusty and have some cracking at the rear bend and welds.  With the exchange rate on the Canadian Dollar not in my favour and since I had some 16 gauge sheet metal from another seat project I decided it would be less expensive to try and make one so I made up some paper patterns using the 1050 seat that I have to test fit covers and padding with - it is badly pitted and has been welded at the rear bend but works fine for fitting the covers.  I knew I would not be able to do the bend at the back as well as the side bends so I decided to make the seat in two pieces and weld them together where the back bend would be.  Used the patterns to cut out new steel and then drilled the holes in the bottom piece and the bolt reinforcing plate.  Once that was done I marked out where the creases and bends in the lower part should be and bent it in the sheet metal brake.  It turned out looking not to bad in my opinion so I marked and bent the back piece.  I made a template out of cardboard to get the correct angle on the bends using the old seat and then I marked the template against the brake blade and cut it so I could check the angle while I was bending the steel as you can see in the pictures.

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  • 1 Old Seat Pan I Use To FIt 1050 Covers.jpg
  • 2 Old Seat Pan I Use To FIt 1050 Covers.jpg
  • 3 Lower Pan Pattern.jpg
  • 4 Back And Bolt Plate Pattern.jpg
  • 5 Back And Bolt Plate Cut Out Of New Steel.jpg
  • 6 Bottom Piece Cut Out Of New Steel.jpg
  • 7 Bottom Piece Marked Out For Bends.jpg
  • 8 Diagonal Creases Bent.jpg
  • 9 Diagonal Creases Bent.jpg
  • 10 Sides Bent In Sheet Metal Brake.jpg
  • 11 Sides Bent In Sheet Metal Brake.jpg
  • 12 Cardboard Angle Pattern.jpg
  • 13 Carboard Pattern Marked Against Brake Blade.jpg
  • 14 Pattern Cut At Blade Mark.jpg
  • 15 Ready To Bend Back Side.jpg
  • 16 Ready To Bend Back Side.jpg
  • 17 Checking Bend Angle.jpg
  • 18 Checking Bend Angle.jpg

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Posted May 02, 2017 - 05:31 PM

After that last fabrication project,you'll do this one handed :)
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Posted May 02, 2017 - 05:31 PM

Got the back piece bent and then set the pieces on the old seat pan to see how close they looked.  If it stays raining tomorrow I may try and weld the two pieces together - time will tell.

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Posted May 02, 2017 - 05:33 PM

After that last fabrication project,you'll do this one handed :)

Thanks - it is definitely not as complicated - will see how it turns out.


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Posted May 02, 2017 - 05:58 PM

Very Nice!

Glad we have options too keep our tractors as original as possible!


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Posted May 02, 2017 - 06:05 PM

I have done the tricky bends like the back of your seat by making an angle iron jig to use in the vice or bolt to a work bench. You may have to drill a few holes in the pan to get it to clamp tight, but those can be welded easier than a 2 foot seam


Edited by tater195, May 02, 2017 - 06:06 PM.

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Posted May 02, 2017 - 06:37 PM

I'm impressed with your work!


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Posted May 02, 2017 - 06:53 PM

After that last fabrication project,you'll do this one handed :)


Very well said!

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Posted May 02, 2017 - 07:59 PM

Another skilful project is underway. I wonder if you could turn your hand to fabricate belt guards for the Ride a Matics?!......:-)
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Posted May 02, 2017 - 08:50 PM

There seems to be alot of old GTs that have those seat frames. The seat on my Wheelhorse C160 is almost the same but it has a slot in the back to allow agjustment of the rear cushion. A press brake could do that bend for you. Good Luck, Rick


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Posted May 03, 2017 - 08:45 AM

 I wonder if you could turn your hand to fabricate belt guards for the Ride a Matics?!......:-)

Would have to have one in front of me to work with or good accurate drawings of one but could see what I could do if someone has one.


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Posted May 03, 2017 - 11:14 AM

That is fantastic fabrication nice work so far.


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Posted May 03, 2017 - 11:32 AM

Would have to have one in front of me to work with or good accurate drawings of one but could see what I could do if someone has one.


Hopefully someone in your area may e able to assist. Excellent workmanship yet again.
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Posted May 03, 2017 - 12:30 PM

Wow how do you cut your metal so straight?


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Posted May 03, 2017 - 03:06 PM

Wow how do you cut your metal so straight?

Just draw a line with a pen and then use a Dewalt sawsall with a 24 tooth short metal cutting blade - take my time and clamp the metal to a 2 x 4 so it doesn't bounce and keep the blade at about a 45 degree angle to the steel.  If it is dark I sometimes will put a magnetic trouble light on the steel to help me see the line.  I cut the straight lines and then on the rounded corners I draw a straight line across the corner and cut what I can and then use the 4-1/2" angle grinder with a flap wheel on it to sand off the bit of metal that is left.   


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