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 Posted: Fri Jul 31st, 2020 08:05 pm
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Richard Daugird
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So you notched the brass a bit before bending? Cold bend, or with heat? I tried to make some Pancake struts out of brass, and was not successful. I did O.K. in steel, however. Just need to refine my jig, and make a couple more jigs for some club members.

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 Posted: Fri Jul 31st, 2020 09:35 pm
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Richard Daugird wrote: So you notched the brass a bit before bending? Cold bend, or with heat? I tried to make some Pancake struts out of brass, and was not successful. I did O.K. in steel, however. Just need to refine my jig, and make a couple more jigs for some club members.
Richard,

Honestly, I had enough to change the method if something went sideways. But, I cold bent them all the way over, and they didn't have stress marks either. I'll get the link to what I bought in a minute. It is very hard, but very workable. Probably just a very high density brass. Even where the bends are, I was able to drill into them without them even moving. Of course, the cold work probably put that hardness there.

It is called 260 cartridge brass. They have several sizes. Reading around it seems to be good cold working brass. I have encountered many brass types that want to stress cold and have to be annealed at the working area.

260 Cartridge brass on Etsy

I ordered the 0.09"x0.25"x12" rods. They were not as easy to cut like jeweler's brass wire/rod. 

First I made the primary 60 degree bend inwards.
Second method I used was a pair of high quality precision toothless pliers and rolled out the end to the thickness of the rear cage ring. Wish they had 3/8" in 0.09"x12". But, knowing the cage/struts aren't antique originals, I'm not bothered in the least with them being slightly different.
Lastly, so the ring touched the far inside of the roll over, I put a bit in the same thickness as the rear ring and rounded it out.

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 Posted: Tue Aug 4th, 2020 04:54 am
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So, a little fiddly work while sitting with my doggie.Bought a new high quality tap set(Irwin Hanson) and properly retapped the switch holes and base plate holes. Swapped steel washers out for brass, and BEST of all installed the custom made Marelli style wire made by Tony Clayton!
Now, I know the attachment is about 7 or 8 years later than the fan, but in my budget, I think this should be sufficient....maybe?







Thought I'd give whipping a try for the first time to complete the attachment output. Hope the white thread looks good with the porcelain section of the Benjamin attachment. :)







Getting close to the finish line. It and the Jandus Wire Mount will be painted simultaneously, as I am going to try 2K two-part rattle can one-time use clear coat on them.  Want to see if the finish is as hard as advertised, especially over the beautiful Advanced formula black I've had such luck with.

After paint and striping, will save up for a set of grease cups. 

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 Posted: Tue Aug 4th, 2020 01:36 pm
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Before stripping and painting, I've experimented with some stripe tape to ascertain where the stripes should go once refinished. That is why they're not well done.
What do y'all think? Is the bottom base stripe to much?
Keep in mind it will have the 2K two-part clear one-use coat over it once stripped, painted, and striped.








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 Posted: Tue Aug 4th, 2020 03:34 pm
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Are you going to stripe with a brush, or a Beugler?

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 Posted: Wed Aug 5th, 2020 03:27 am
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Richard Daugird wrote: Are you going to stripe with a brush, or a Beugler?
I'm not sure yet. I've got a lot of time and money in this fan already. May just just thinner tape and mask around, then paint between the lines and pull the tape away.
I don't want to do anything that requires damaging the base coat if possible. :hammer:

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