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Tim R Hansen 11-17-2019 08:42 AM

Data plate rivet holes don't line up
 

Just purchased a data plate for the firewall on my late 31 Coupe. The rivet holes in the firewall don't line up with the holes in the repro plate. Holes are off by about 1/16" My firewall is not a re-stamp. Anyone run into this?

Joop 11-17-2019 09:08 AM

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Can you post a picture

Tim R Hansen 11-17-2019 09:24 AM

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I can try but it will be difficult to show. The two bottom holes line up but the two top holes are both about 1/16 lower than the holes in the plate

Bob Bidonde 11-17-2019 09:54 AM

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I had this problem when restoring my 190A. Rather than rework the original holes in the firewall, I pulled the holes in data plate using a rat tail file. Look closely and you can see the elongation of the holes. My hope is that a correct fitting plate will eventually become available.

Ed in Maine 11-17-2019 10:00 AM

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I experienced this problem also. Like Bob has suggested, I elongated the holes and found that the heads of the rivets did cover the holes in the plate. You may have to elongate all four holes in the plate to get the fit you want. Ed

SteveB31 11-17-2019 10:44 PM

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The file will work, but if you buy a good US made patent plate, they will line up perfect. Chinese patent plate wonít.

GPierce 11-18-2019 09:26 AM

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The plate I bought from Berts lined up perfectly.
https://modelastore.com/index.php?ro...&category_id=0

SSsssteamer 11-18-2019 10:52 AM

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Originally Posted by Ed in Maine (Post 1822123)
I experienced this problem also. Like Bob has suggested, I elongated the holes and found that the heads of the rivets did cover the holes in the plate. You may have to elongate all four holes in the plate to get the fit you want. Ed

Ditto. For over 50 years, the repro data plates have had to have their drilled holes adjusted to match the firewall rivet holes.

Tim R Hansen 11-18-2019 08:52 PM

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I made it work. Next time I go to Bert's first

Charlie Stephens 11-19-2019 12:22 AM

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Originally Posted by SteveB31 (Post 1822419)
The file will work, but if you buy a good US made patent plate, they will line up perfect. Chinese patent plate wonít.

Who do you recommend as a supplier?

Charlie Stephens

cpf240 11-19-2019 01:40 AM

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Originally Posted by Tim R Hansen (Post 1822821)
I made it work. Next time I go to Bert's first

Where did you buy the Iíll-fitting plate?

No matter who the vendor is, Iíd suggest calling and ask if one part is better than another. Places like Berts, Brattons, Snyderís, etc will give you their opinion.

Benson 11-19-2019 08:44 AM

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Originally Posted by Charlie Stephens (Post 1822896)
Who do you recommend as a supplier?

Charlie Stephens


Berts Model A Center has the correct sized plates.


www.modelastore.com


With some parts there are several sources for parts and Berts has used the various parts and they know which ones are good and which are not so good!

Oldbluoval 11-19-2019 05:39 PM

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Bert’s is a great source
Every time I tell someone and they don’t...... I get to use one of
My favorite phrases....
“I told u so”
:-)

Dean Lemoine 11-19-2019 06:13 PM

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I bought one from Mikeís, it fit perfectly


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