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Old 03-23-2013, 08:27 PM   #15
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Originally Posted by Mixter View Post
Did you use just 90 degree angle? 2"x2"? I had a 4" piece bent to 100 degrees creating 2"x2".... havent tested yet. I have the same concerns with dissimilar metal issues, but been wondering if the 1/8" thick material would cause any issues, if the angle is right, and if aluminum is strong enough to function as a "hold down" plate.

Good to hear it worked out!
Yes i used a piece of 90 degree with no issues. I forget the actual but it was a standard size and was the same over all size of the steel but it was thicker. I have attached some pictures.

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Old 07-08-2013, 08:52 AM   #16
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Well, to follow up on the original post, I finally decided to use the original plate, hit it with some POR-15, welded a "block" under it so that it could sit firmly on the rear cross member, and installed it behind my new rear panel. So I left the project incomplete until this last weekend, when I had a riveting assistant handy, and I was going around bucking in rivets. I drilled through the original holes in the hold down plate from the inside, and having made half a dozen holes in my fresh new rear panel, came to a gut-turning realization. The holes in the hold down plate are about 3/4" higher than the old holes in the U-channel, and thus the rivets will be visible above the trim when it is back in place.

Well, no big deal, I'll add another row of offset rivets to go through the skin, the plate, and the U channel beneath the trim, but the burning question in my mind is where did the original hold don plate mount? Could have sworn that it was on top of the plywood, but with this misalignment of holes, it seems apparent that it must have been underneath.

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Old 07-08-2013, 08:55 AM   #17
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Yeah- mine was under.

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