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1 hour ago, 19richie66 said:

Awesome work sir!

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Not many photo's of work on the hood.  A slightly larger than required alloy sheet was cut and a shallow fold made on the center line.  A board with a curved edge was clamped over the sheet, after carefully guesstimating :rolleyes: where the side fold should start.  Hope that makes sense.  The sheet was then bent around the board forming one side of the hood.  This was repeated for the other side resulting in a shape which was not far off the required result.  What luck. :thumbs:  A little tweaking with a rubber mallet and a length of round bar persuaded the front and rear of the curved folds to line up with the headlamp surround and dash.

 

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A lot of time was then spent trimming the oversize edges to get the best fit I could manage, followed by clamping to the headlamp surround and drilling for the pivot bolts.

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The fuel tank, non working,  was bent up around a scrap wood former.  The measurements were again supplied by my man with the tape, Iain, :thumbs: along with good side view photo's which showed the radius of each corner !  Although the base of the tank was wider than the top, all corners were the same radius.   The original idea was to bend the alloy around the former then remove it which left the question, how to fix it all together.  The obvious solution, apart from alloy welding, was to screw the panels to the wood which would be left in place hidden from sight.

 

Odd bits of wood were dug out, cut to size, and screwed together after first using the ends to mark out and cut the alloy outer plates.  These were bolted to the wood with countersunk BA bolts, the heads blended in with filler.  The main panel was cut to size and after carefully lining up, was screwed to the underside of the former.  Then it was bent around one face at a time, securing with screws before moving on to the next, and finishing on the underside. Where else. :)  All the screw holes were countersunk, the screws again being blended in with filler.

 

The filler neck was a short piece of alloy bar, screwed into place, and finished off with a cap from an oil can.  Rubber edge trim was fitted after painting.

 

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You've created a real jewel there. Thanks for letting us watch. 

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Various ideas were tried out for the seat using bits and pieces lying around and then discarded.  A visit to a local upholstery shop with measurements resulted in a lottery win quote. :blink:  Back to head scratching mode.  I had already spent hours looking for something suitable on the internet without luck, trying various search word combinations.  Then I spotted some cheap-ish scooter ( Lambretta / Vespa ) back rests.  Not exactly what I wanted but worth a try.  A pair were bought and after initial, not sure thoughts, the end result was better than expected.  The fill in piece behind the seat cushion, made from plastic, still needs finishing off with padding.

 

The first mock up from ply.

 

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The alloy frame, ex green house, just cleared the top of the gearbox. Fixing brackets were bolted on. Sheet steel was bent up for the base and back rest.

 

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There were two short threaded studs already fitted which made mounting easy.  A length of U shaped trim finished off the steel plate and a similar section was fitted to the fuel tank.

 

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I finally managed to get my Great grandson Henry to try the tractor for size.  Even though he is only 7 : 1/2 months he loved it.  Mummy said she had never seen him so excited, squealing and swinging the steering wheel.  We had to hold him though as mummy refused to let me cable tie him on.

 

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