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Links to the previous post on this build ...........

Ridemaster build http://www.mytractorforum.com/showthread.php?t=139241

1- http://www.mytractorforum.com/showthread.php?t=139358

2- http://www.mytractorforum.com/showthread.php?t=140420

3- http://www.mytractorforum.com/showthread.php?t=140928

4- http://www.mytractorforum.com/showthread.php?t=147865

5- http://www.mytractorforum.com/showthread.php?t=148566

6- http://www.mytractorforum.com/showthread.php?t=148933

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The fender already has two holes drilled in it where some one had mounted something before so I'm going to mount the voltage regulator in the same place to cover those holes.
I drilled and tapped the mounting holes and installed two studs.




The voltage regulator is mounted and the wires are run down to the generator.




Now it's time to start making some guards. .....
With the flywheel cover on, the ring gear for the starter is fully exposed behind it.






Starting with the left side, I bent up some sheet metal to cover the ring gear and also the starter bendix.




On the right side, I used a section of angle iron to cover the area where the ring gear is.
This gives me a thicker piece of metal to bolt the belt guard for the generator to later.




I then made up the belt guard for the generator and you can see how the top of the guard bolts to the angle iron.




Here is a view of the front of the generator belt guard with the bottom of it bolted to the side of the flywheel cover.




Next in line was to make a guard for the belt on the front.
Here I'm forming the outside of the guard.
The side of the guard has been cut and the metal bent forward where it fits over the tension pulley.




The mounting bracket is welded to the right side and bolted to the frame.




I formed a round cover for the tension pulley and welded it to the side of the guard.




I made a mount and welded it to the left side of the guard and bolted it to the frame.
Then I cut out a section of flat steel for the bottom and welded it and the grill section in place.
Here is the finished guard ( I still need to make mounts for the bottom of the guard but I need to make up the side guards first ).



 

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nice job on the gaurds and yes they do look factory made.
 

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Your belt gaurds are art work. Very nice and clean workmanship!!
 

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Everything gonna get a coat of JD green?
The Ridemasters are green and yellow but it isn't the same colors as John Deere.
The closes color match seams to be Oliver green and Old Caterpillar yellow.
This will get painted the same as the 48 Ridemaster was painted and have the same decals.

Thank you for the nice comments, I'm pleased that you all approve of the belt guards.
Having that machine to stretch and shrink metal really makes all the difference in the quality of the finished product.
 

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Using cardboard to make a pattern for one of the side covers.




When the pattern is finished, it is traced on a piece of sheet metal.




After I cut the panel out, I then rolled a bead pattern on it.




All the bends have been made and I'm fitting it up to drill the mounting holes.




Here's the finished panel bolted in place.



 

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The panel for the other side is all formed and being lined up to drill mounting holes.




The finished panel on this side.






An overall view of how it looks with the engine area completed.

 

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After I cut the panel out, I then rolled a bead pattern on it.




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Ray, you do great work. Could you share some of the techniques used in the lay out? Specifically the curve radiuses. I have tried and tried to figure out a way to get 4 curved corners to be very close to exactly the same. Well i am still trying. I have found it is easy to make one of something (a curve, a taper) but to make two excatly alike is a bear much less four. So if you could share any of your tips and tricks on precision and repeatability I would greatly appreciate it.
 

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I'm not real sure what you're asking me here.

If you're talking about actually forming the metal in a curve or a taper, the only way to make more than one all alike is to practice, practice, practice.
When shaping metal, you need to go slowly and keep checking it against a pattern or a form.

If you're talking about laying out the curved layout lines for bead rolling or stepping, then that's easy.
I cheat .. I have several different sizes of can lids that I just trace the layout line around.
 

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Could you post a pic of the shrinker strech machine , I was looking at the hand ones from Harbor fraight to do some small stuff on the trailer , cornner pices about 18in radious.
 

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Could you post a pic of the shrinker strech machine , I was looking at the hand ones from Harbor fraight to do some small stuff on the trailer , cornner pices about 18in radious.
The one I have was a hand operated unit and I converted it so it is foot operated.






Here's a photo of it in use.

 

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Thank you for the pictures , now I know what my next purchase is going to be , very nice. Do you have a panisher too ? I used one years ago and really like working with it makeing model T fenders and a Durant parts.
 
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