KR Wilson pan jig ... finally restored :)

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KR Wilson pan jig ... finally restored :)

Post by dobro1956 » Thu Jun 06, 2019 12:51 am

I have been working the last several months restoring a KR Wilson pan jig. I want to say thanks to Bill Howell for the gift of the pan jig. It is very much appreciated. It was in rough shape, but I ended up with something better than the homemade one I had started to build. This pan jig was missing all the attachments and had a very hard life as a work table/anvil/welding table. It had aprox a .070 thousand twist to the top as well as a low place from years of beating and use as a welding table. The Blanchard grinders were able to install shims and re-mill the bottom side of the table so that when they ground the top side, aprox .035 to .040 was removed from opposite corners and not the entire .070 from just one corner. I only removed as little as possible to give a flat surface with no twist and a smooth surface where the lip of the pan sits. The pits that I left, in no way affect the use of the jig and left more of the "hard surface" thickness in place.

Some folks wonder why these jigs cost so much, Even with getting the pan jig as a gift from Bill, I still have almost 1000.00 in the restoration not counting anything for my time. But we now have another pan jig in Arkansas for model T folks to use. This jig is offered to use for free, by any model T guy who wants to bring their pan here to straighten. Ill watch, and you do the work. .... :).

After I installed the "fixtures" but before I installed the "taper pins" to lock the fixtures final settings. I straightened my pan that Im using on the "speedster project" Then to "test" my layout, machining, and calibration of the fixtures, I took my freshly straightened pan to Bills shop and tested it on his two pan jigs. My pan fit all three pan jigs. The test was a good test of all three pan jigs, If all three fit OK then they must be OK. ...

For the final test of my pan, I installed the "Sherman" deep sump pan on my pan, just to make sure everything stayed OK. All is good so now back to the engine build and finally get the speedster project finished.

Here are some random pics of the pan jig restoration ...
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Re: KR Wilson pan jig ... finally restored :)

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Re: KR Wilson pan jig ... finally restored :)

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Re: KR Wilson pan jig ... finally restored :)

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Re: KR Wilson pan jig ... finally restored :)

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Re: KR Wilson pan jig ... finally restored :)

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Re: KR Wilson pan jig ... finally restored :)

Post by Mark Gregush » Thu Jun 06, 2019 1:34 am

Very nice! Now all you need are a couple of K R Wilson decals.
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Re: KR Wilson pan jig ... finally restored :)

Post by Bill Anziani » Thu Jun 06, 2019 6:15 am

Look's wonderful. I would love to have that! Great job


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Re: KR Wilson pan jig ... finally restored :)

Post by Spade » Thu Jun 06, 2019 8:56 am

Great job Donnie. The Howes were kind enough to allow me to straighten my pan on their jig and I thank them for the help. It's great to have another jig here in Arkansas.


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Post by Scott_Conger » Thu Jun 06, 2019 9:04 am

Gorgeous, Donnie!
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Re: KR Wilson pan jig ... finally restored :)

Post by John kuehn » Thu Jun 06, 2019 9:21 am

Beautiful job I have to say!
What a contrast with the nice looking pan jig and the cleaned up pan with the original brazing job Ford put on at the factory!
When I cleaned up my first T pan years and years ago I still remember looking at the brazing job and thinking I would use a grinder or file to try to cleanup the mess.

A friend later told me it was a factory job and that’s the way they looked. Nowadays I guess it would be called a mark of character!


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Re: KR Wilson pan jig ... finally restored :)

Post by MWalker » Thu Jun 06, 2019 9:32 am

Nice work, Donnie! It looks great!


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Re: KR Wilson pan jig ... finally restored :)

Post by Bill Howell-Arkansas » Thu Jun 06, 2019 10:50 am

Very nice job, Donnie. Thanks for the “Thanks!’

If Donnie’s jig is tied up, mine are available for your use.


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Re: KR Wilson pan jig ... finally restored :)

Post by Erik Barrett » Thu Jun 06, 2019 8:42 pm

Nice work. My KRW pan jig was also abused as a welding bench after the Ford dealer in Lordsburg, New Mexico gave it to one of their mechanics in the 40’s when model T’s were not coming in anymore. I had to mill the surface to restore it. That takes a big mill. I used a Storm Vulcan block master with a sixteen in carbide broach.

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Re: KR Wilson pan jig ... finally restored :)

Post by dobro1956 » Thu Jun 06, 2019 11:10 pm

Thanks for the comments. The Blanchard grinder had a capacity of 96 inches long with an accuracy of .001 in 96 inches. The pan jig is about 36 inches long. So my top surface should be within less than a 1/2 thou. tolerance.

I plan on building a table top/cover to place on top of the pan jig. That way I can use it as a work surface for other things. I have a small shop, so space is at a premium. Things need to have a dual use.

I have wanted a pan jig for years, It really makes fixing the pans a much easier job. They are one of the hardest T tools to find. The transmission drum reaming fixture is probably the only thing harder to find. So now I'm looking for a drum reaming fixture. :) :)

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Re: KR Wilson pan jig ... finally restored :)

Post by John Warren » Fri Jun 07, 2019 12:12 am

Sweet!!! Thanks for the follow up. As always Donnie, You take things to a whole new level. :)
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