|12 - Chromed Frame for Rear Plate|
At the purchase, the plate-holder installed in the back of the car was not as the original holder provided on the 7As. Such holder was fitted with its own chromed frame.
An original plate-holder was found at a person addressed by the friend Guy Loos; the holder was in good conditions and after sandblasting and surface finishing, it was painted in mat-white colour inside and black outside.
original chromed frame was not provided together the holder and a search was required.
find the right manufacturer in position to refabricate the frame as in the
origin, the refabrication was made starting from a profile in brass material.
First, a sample of the profile of the holder was made cutting a steel plate thk 1 mm.
the brass profile: It is possible to bend the profile only by executing some
small longitudinal cuts on the profile in correspondence of the part to be
of the profile: The profile shall be finished by closing the longitudinal cuts.
tinning, the corners of the frame are covered, then, by file, the surface is finished.
Angle bars: in order to fasten the frame to the plate-holder, 2 small angle bars shall be done and fixed on the frame by tinning.
Chrome: before proceeding with the installation of the frame on the plate-holder, the frame was chromed; unfortunately the chrome on the tinning is possible but the result is not perfect. The chromed frame has not the desired quality in its corners and looks a bit old...but this is acceptable, waiting a refabrication by a manufacturer.
Installation of the frame on the plate-holder: the most difficult operation! The flexibility of the frame is very little, the original plate-holder is not straight but bended, the thin traffic plate with its numbers increased the difficulty of the operation.....
|The plate present at the 7A purchase|
Exemple of preparation:
The profile employed.
The bended profile.
Finishing of the corners by tinning, before chrome