Tuesday, February 01, 2011
Here I am fitting the first cross pieces to the main frame. I used 1/4 inch rod and made 1/4 X 20 threads at each end rather than waste money on a long threaded rod. Notice the larger clamps being utilized. I didn't have one long enough to make the spread. The blue bungee was being used to check the fit of the hooks on the tube and was left on while I tried to figure out how to clamp the cross tubes. Having the bungee hooks fit the tube corectly means the hooks will have better all around holding power rather than just a small point if square or flat plate was used. My wife had come out to see how it was coming along and it was she who got the idea to use the clamps, as seen here, to be able to span the spread. I must say it worked like a charm. Thanks Honey. Now that they were clamped, drilling the holes for the threaded rod through all points needed went fast.
The fit of the bird mouth cuts made me quite pleased. The more of them I did the better, and easier, they turned out. To make the cuts the correct angle and for the best fit a Dremel was used and went faster as I progressed. Next time it will be noted though to use a larger 1/2 drill bit so less material needs to be removed to get the Bird mouth cuts correct.
At this point I am needing to solder in the joints for final prep before painting. To the left of the picture is seen the beginning of the U shaped bracket of the rear mount. The front mount still needs to be decided upon at this point. Should it attach to the rear seat bolting point or to the fender support braces? Decisions, decisions.