dalef62

1950 Crosley Farm O Road Restoration and more

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I thought it was illegal to use angle iron to bend sheet metal, I thought you were required to buy a fancy brake. ;) Nice job!!

 

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Jeff, angle iron is only legal for use on Crosley FOR's metal bending! 

Today I finished drilling all the holes in the floor and spot welded the brace on the underside of the floor.  It is the first time I used the spot welder, dad has had it at the building for years and I never knew it was that easy to use!:unsure:  Now the floor is on the chassis and in position to be attached to the front clip.  I will drill the holes for the 10-32 screws that attach the floor to the toe board and then the sides will be installed.  Why Crosley used screws to hold the two together is a mystery as once the sides are attached you can't separated the front clip from the tub area???:unsure::rolleyes: 

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You have so many Crosleys, I was wondering if you knew my friend Cal Burtner in Michigan. He collected Austin Bantams and had a Crosley Hotshot.

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I got more done on the FOR today.  Started to spot weld the side panels to the floor!!:D:D  The passenger side is creating a problem because the fuel tank brackets are in the way of the spot welder, was only able to get the 3 spot welds at the rear of the panel.  But the drivers side went really nice.  Spot welds every 2", should hold it pretty good!  Once I get most of it spot welded I will remove the entire body from the chassis and put it back on the cart and finish spot welding everything. 

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I did a little more spot welding this morning, getting as much as I could with the body on the chassis.  Fewer vice grips holding it together now.:P:D  I will put a few welds on the front upper side panels where they meet the front clip and also where they meet the rear panel and it will be ready to lift off again!

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Good progress Dale. Can you post a picture of the spot welder you are using? Looks like it peeking out of the lower right corner of the last pic in post #205 but can't see much of it. :)

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Paul,

The spot welder is a Dayton 2Z544  240V, from what I have seen it was made by Miller.  It was on a stand but that would have been too hard to move the FOR around to make that work.:P   I will say that it works pretty good, I tried it on some scrap metal and couldn't separate them after they were spot welded!  Dad had bought it at an auction years ago and probably didn't pay much for it.  It sat at the building and I asked him about it the other day and he said he had tried it and it worked years ago.

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That's really slick, Dale. Thanks for posting the pics.

 

My Dad had one something like that, but was much older (probably from the late 1940s), came from the old dealership. We never used it at home, didn't really have anything to spot weld.

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Body is back off the chassis and now I can finish spot welding and start bodywork.  Some before and after pictures to see the difference.

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Today I finished spot welding the places I couldn't get while it was sitting on the frame.  The body is pretty solid now.  I have a few spots on the front fender extension on the passenger side that I replace a few weeks ago that I need to weld to the fender up underneath.  I also want to put a stiffener on the side panel on the passenger side were the spare tire mounts, will just be a piece of 16 gauge metal about 2" X 4" spot welded on the inside of the side panel at the front corner.

No pictures today.

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Today I did a little test roll on a small piece of metal for the hood.  I rolled the piece around a 4" piece of PVC pipe.  The scrap piece of metal was only about 8" wide, about one third of the width of the real hood, but it bent exactly as I wanted it.  Now to decide if I should try it on the real piece. 

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22" wide and it is 18 gauge cold rolled steel.

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Being only 22" wide it may not be too bad. If it was wider it would get harder to roll.  More mass requires for force.  You may have some spring back after you roll it due to the width.  I would go a little past 90d and see where that will get you if your shooting for a 90d roll.  Cold rolled is easier to work with than hot rolled.  

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Just a little progress to report today on the FOR.  The lower front panel had two pieces of metal that were cut out to clear the tires.  I cut new pieces and welded them in, well almost got them both welded in, ran out of mig wire.  Slowly but surely I am getting all the little things taken care of.

Also a picture of the practice bend on the hood.  I am about ready to attempt it on the real piece as soon as I clear off the workbench...:ph34r:

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SUCCESS!!  The hood is now bent!  I am very happy with the way it turned out, now if I can get all the little bits and pieces on it without distorting it.

To all those that offered ideas on how to bend it, I thank you!

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That pipe clearly says "For drain waste and vent only".    Is this another exception when working on a Crosley FOR? ;)

 

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Looks pretty nice Dale. Maybe you should make a spare for sale at Wauseon next year.

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Jim, I was thinking the same thing as I was making it.  Depends on how the rest goes together. 

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More progress made on the hood today.  I formed the rest of the front panel and got it to fit the way I want it but I haven't welded it in yet because it needs a small piece on the bottom flap to keep the hood from sliding forward and side to side.  I made the extra supports and guide for the rear of the hood and installed them.  A few little things to go and I will have a hood for the FOR!:D

I will probably have to mig weld the front panel on the hood because the arms for the spot welder are not long enough to reach from the back of the hood up or wide enough to reach from the front.

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Great to see the FOR back o' the forum again.  If I recall articles I've seen about the FOR, didn't it have a lot of accessories, like farming implements, dually wheels, and items like that available?  Do you have any of those accessories or do you plan on finding any?  Would be interesting to see this thing plow a field, like you see demos of the Farmalls and John Deeres doing sometimes.  Maybe I'm just thinking of early CJ-3 ads, too.

 

  Also, great work so far!

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