Ford Model A Pickup Restoration April 2014

The two running boards are nearly finished - actually the paint is drying.

Ford Model A Restoration April 2014

All parts I've made last month are welded together. They will connect the running board with the fenders.

Ford Model A Restoration April 2014

The running board will lay on this steel profile, the top cover is made by the aluminum angle.

Ford Model A Restoration April 2014

Final adjustments are made.

Ford Model A Restoration April 2014

These parts are welded and can be installed.

Ford Model A Restoration April 2014

They are mounted from the upper side …

Ford Model A Restoration April 2014

… and this is view from below. It's a more time consuming construction but more easy to mount the board.

Ford Model A Restoration April 2014

Everything fits, I can remove the board again to make the finish.

Ford Model A Restoration April 2014

To drill with this wood cutters when you already have made a hole is not a big problem.

Ford Model A Restoration April 2014

Just take a small round piece of wood and drill a hole in the center. Then wrap some tape around until it has a perfect fit in the hole. Now give some pressure from the back while you are drilling the hole and everything works fine.

Ford Model A Restoration April 2014

The running board also gets a rubber mat on top of it. Since the quality of my fist one which was 9 years old was very bad and not usable anymore, I had to buy a new one. I hope that this one lasts for a longer time.

Ford Model A Restoration April 2014

On all four sides of the board aluminum profiles are mounted.

Ford Model A Restoration April 2014

They have been adapted and provided with holes for mounting.

Ford Model A Restoration April 2014

Now I can remove all parts and start with priming and subsequent varnishing.

Ford Model A Restoration April 2014

The disassembled metal parts are all sandblasted.

Ford Model A Restoration April 2014

All this goes to the galvanic shop for electroplating. These parts I treated with a wire brushing after sandblasting.

Ford Model A Restoration April 2014

Here you can see the difference, when you want to have a shiny look, use the wire brush like on the left side, when you prefer a dull look, just sandblast it.

Ford Model A Restoration April 2014

Finally, I need a new rubber pad for my foot rest. I have used a rubber buffer which has the desired hardness and is also big enough for my project. First I have cut out a section of the rubber.

Ford Model A Restoration April 2014

Then bring the rubber to the desired shape.

Ford Model A Restoration April 2014

With such a grinding wheel it is an easy job. The diameter of the pad is made 2 mm larger than the steel part has in order to get a press fit.

Ford Model A Restoration April 2014

When mounted, you can work out the contact surface very well.

Ford Model A Restoration April 2014

This part also goes to the electroplating shop.




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