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Old 11-06-19, 11:57
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Interesting as always Jack. Love it.
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Old 13-06-19, 12:40
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Thanks Howard. Got all the body pieces primed today while we had some sun.
The timber is milled so i'll begin the puzzle of assembling the rear body.
Discovered this identity number on the front panel which I had never seen before. Not sure what it all means. The front panel is pretty beaten up but i'm hoping to get some better shape into it once i've added some timber to it to stiffen it up.
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Old 18-06-19, 14:27
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The front panel would not stay where I wanted it to due to excessive stretching particularly at the bottom. So a lot of shrinking and hammering and it came back to a much better fit. Front timber also done. There was probably a jig to assemble these composite timber steel bodies so without one it is rather difficult to work out the next step. This front panel doesn't actually get attached until after the side panels are fitted first.
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Old 27-06-19, 12:08
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With the front wall frame shaped and assembled I was able to put that in place on the chassis temporarily and prop it up and attach the side top rails. These composite bodies have rather weak corners so I added a 4mm thick angle to the outside of the front corners and tapped it to take some countersunk bolts.
The rear end of the top rails are also propped up so I could hang the side panels on the top rail to see how they look.
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Old 27-06-19, 12:14
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One thing I only just learned is that these Australian utes have two different rear body lengths. The roadster cab have a rear body about 100 mm shorter than the rear body on the full cab. As this was a body from a full cab civilian version it is the longer one so I had to trim the floor strips down.
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Old 27-06-19, 12:23
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The rear floor cross members are all done and sit level.
I added the internal corner brace and bolted up the reinforced corners. There is a folded steel piece that reinforces the tilt bow brackets that is screwed under the top rail. This was added as well.
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1941 Fordson WOT 2H
1941 Fordson WOT 2H (Unrestored)
194? Fordson WOT 2D (Unrestored)
1939 Ford 1 ton utility (Undergoing restoration)
1940 Ford 1 ton utility (Unrestored)
1941 Ford 1 ton utility (Unrestored)
BSA folding bicycle
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Old 27-06-19, 12:32
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I then added the side panels. These after clamping in tight to the contour of the front corners are simply nailed to the corner post and nailed along the top rail. I will leave the top nails out for now till I have worked out the way to tackle the rear corners.
So far it is coming up level and square and lines up perfectly with the front cab lines.
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1941 Fordson WOT 2H
1941 Fordson WOT 2H (Unrestored)
194? Fordson WOT 2D (Unrestored)
1939 Ford 1 ton utility (Undergoing restoration)
1940 Ford 1 ton utility (Unrestored)
1941 Ford 1 ton utility (Unrestored)
BSA folding bicycle
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1941 Ford/Marmon Herrington 3A gun tractor
1941 Ford/Marmon Herrington 3 gun tractor (Unrestored)
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Old 27-06-19, 23:23
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Excellent work Jack, I'm really enjoying watching your progress on a very challenging restoration.
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Old 28-06-19, 00:34
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Thanks Keith. It still bemuses me how complicated the construction of these vehicles is. The crazy part is how after you nail sheetmetal to timber the finishing off requires welding of the corners over the timber and trying to stop the timber smouldering. Why werenít they welded entirely in the first place? I guess cost must factor into it somehow.
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1941 Fordson WOT 2H
1941 Fordson WOT 2H (Unrestored)
194? Fordson WOT 2D (Unrestored)
1939 Ford 1 ton utility (Undergoing restoration)
1940 Ford 1 ton utility (Unrestored)
1941 Ford 1 ton utility (Unrestored)
BSA folding bicycle
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1941 Ford/Marmon Herrington 3A gun tractor
1941 Ford/Marmon Herrington 3 gun tractor (Unrestored)
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Old 09-07-19, 23:56
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Wonderful work Jack, it will be a total credit to you once completed. I never realized just how much timber was used in these old vehicles. I guess it was in greater supply back then as was the experienced coach builders/workers of the day. One would hope that these restored vehicles will be around for many a year to come for all to see as you won't find them out in paddocks in 50 or so years time. Excellent job.
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Old 10-07-19, 11:36
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Thanks Colin. Your blank canvas panels have been definitely worth the trouble and expense to produce. Iím very happy how it is slowly piecing together. These low production Aussie vehicles really have very little data available to follow and good examples to copy are just as hard to source.
But Iím not telling you anything you donít know.
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1941 Fordson WOT 2H
1941 Fordson WOT 2H (Unrestored)
194? Fordson WOT 2D (Unrestored)
1939 Ford 1 ton utility (Undergoing restoration)
1940 Ford 1 ton utility (Unrestored)
1941 Ford 1 ton utility (Unrestored)
BSA folding bicycle
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1941 Ford/Marmon Herrington 3A gun tractor
1941 Ford/Marmon Herrington 3 gun tractor (Unrestored)
1941 Diamond T 969 (Unrestored)
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