Riveting Baffles

Today I continued with the front baffles. First I drilled the angle support that connects the side baffle to the front.

Bearhawk Cylinder Baffle

This hole is where the AN3 bolt goes, along with the odd little nut piece that comes up from the bottom to make the threads for that hole.


Right Front Baffle Assembly

Right Front Baffle Assembly


I also spent some time working on the steel structure that will support the new back left window. I needed to have a track for the bottom, so I tried bending some steel strips by hand.
Steel Strip

Steel Strip


I clamped the steel between two pieces of wood. It’s very soft, so I figured I would try bending it without a brake.
Ready to bend

Ready to bend


I used a mallet to start the bend, and then used the vice to finish it.
Finishing the bend

Finishing the bend


It turned out not to work very well at all. The bending process stretched the section opposite the bend, making a nice curved track. It looks like I’ll have to go visit my friends with the brake again.