Here is the first piece of the skirting. It is
made of 1/8" aluminum. Some 1/4 turn Dzus fasteners will be used to
hold the skirting in place and allow quick access to things.
Here's all the skirting
completed. Or so I thought... Once it was all put together it just
didn't look right. It was too smooth.
Solution... RIVETS! More $%#
rivets!! These rivets were actually easier to install than on the
tender. It is thicker material (1/8") and working with smaller flat
sheets made the job easier. The work was in drilling all the holes.
Here's one skirt drilled out and ready for rivets.
A few minutes later, and this
piece was done. 3/32" copper rivets were used (same as on the tender).
Steel templates were made for the
rivet patterns. They were then clamped in place and the holes drilled
Now that looks better...
When the skirting was being made,
a way to hold it on the sides without taking a lot of time to take it
off/on was needed. Race cars use 1/4 turn fasteners and decided to use
them on the skirting. SouthCo-Dzus 1/4 turn studs were used. Below are
the studs (one head painted Daylight Orange), retainers and the
receptacles. The tools were made or could have been bought from the
Here, the receptacles are being
installed in the bracket a few thousands below the surface to make room
for the retainers.
This is a close-up of what the
finished product looks like.