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Old 10-11-2018, 11:08 PM
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More progress on the console, the rear corner is opened up for hinge clearance..







8-32 machine screws cut off and sharpened to serve as spotters for our hardware location in the lid..



8-32 rivet nuts installed in our match drilled holes for attaching the lid to the hinges..







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Old 10-12-2018, 12:13 AM
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Awsome work robert .thanks for posting
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Old 10-12-2018, 02:21 AM
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Robert. Nice job. Add an air spring to one hinge arm. From the furniture?
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Old 10-12-2018, 03:52 AM
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That looks ace! My old Hilux Surf needs a centre console so I might have to 'borrow' some ideas from this
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I need to catch up this thread...


Some days I can't leave well enough alone. I thought I'd see how stout my fancy hinges were before we get too far along in the upholstery stage of the console. I guess I had a gut feeling on these, but some slight side to side deflection rendered the hinges loosened, and the swage of the semi-tubular rivets showed some cracks...



We're a bit too far down this rabbit hole to change directions again, so I checked my inventory of semi-tubular rivets and found these HD items.






These are used in securing latches and hinges to the HD saddle bags and tour packs. When I paint the Harleys, I break these things down to nothing to get fresh paint everywhere, then reinstall the hardware with new rivets. These are stainless and have shown in the past to be rather robust, so we'll drill out all the off shore rivets and install these..



Comparison...



One set done, one to go..

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Fabricating the console lid insert...










We still need our latching mechanism. To keep a minimalist approach, we're going to flush recess some rare earth magnets in the lid, so here's our "pockets" that will be welded into the lid. Starting with some .065 wall tubing the end was faced on the lathe, and the end plates turned to a welding diameter of slightly undersized than the tubing, which allows for a good fusion weld.



Tacked:



Fusion welded using the TIG:



10-32 hex nut for magnet attachment is tacked on....



Trimmed to size...



The material scraps shown were to simulate what will be covering the console and lid for the "pull test". Three magnets appeared to work too well, so we are going drill holes and weld in our recess pockets to use two magnets but leave a space in the center for a third, just in case... Once welded and fitted we'll do one more pull test just to make sure the third one isn't needed..

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We got the holes added in the console lid for the pocket recesses.....







A bent fender washer and 3/16 rods serve to hold the pockets in place while tacked in with the TIG....











Test fit of the magnets...











Video of the console lid, testing the magnet pull for our latching method..



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vgJM...ature=youtu.be
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Dotting the i's, crossing the t's... The insert for the bottom side of the console lid will be held in with a couple of 10-32 screws into a rivet nut. To insure the rivet nut is flush on the outside for the installation of upholstery, we want to provide a slight recess for the rivet nut flange. Here's the punch and die we made for the occasion, the bottom die is machined on the side to keep things from moving when clamped in the vise.


South Bend milling machine:













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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z3hS...ature=youtu.be


inner parts installed...












ready for powder coat / epoxy primer, whichever comes first...



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Old 01-08-2019, 12:33 PM
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Looking good there. Some neat tricks
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Nice detail there with the punch.
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