Installing the jib car track should be a simple deal. Get track, cut to length, bolt it onto the boat. Soooo easy.
Well, the folks who made the track we need went out of business, but, hey, lucky us! Someone bought all their stock, and now they will sell it to us. All we had to do is have Warren meet them at a rest area by the highway so the truck could stop on it’s way to somewhere else and drop off the 2 lengths that we needed. “So, youse showed up? Well my pal and I was thinkin… the price of gas bein what it is, we thinks the items you wants now cost twice as much. Youse gots a problem with that? That’s a nice car you gots there. Shame if someone was to drive a truck into it and break the drivers legs or somethin, know what I mean?”
Ok, so we get 2 lengths of bronze track, a total of 20′ 2″ for over $700.
Cutting it to length was easy. At that price, I should save the shavings.
Now, comes the fun part: shaping it. The boat is curved, so a straight length of track stuck on it would look awful. So, it has to be curved to match the sweep of the boat. The curve goes side-to-side, through the thickest part of the track, so there’s no way to do it by hand. The track is way too thick for that. No kinks, and no mess-ups, because bronze can break if you bend it back and forth too much. No pressure, but hey, don’t screw up.
So, I templated out the curve of the cap rail where this will go, to get the proper curve, and made up a jig to bend this sucker.
This is the same metal bending press I used earlier for shaping the swallowtails that brace the running backstays. In this case, the jig has to hold the track vertical, and not dent the soft bronze while it gets pressed. Continue reading “More metal work & a lone caulking seam”