Rich C wrote:Looks great! My scabbard is also missing the brass mounting strap- did you make it out of 3/16 brass rod? I have a friend here who is a super blacksmith but I don't know what size rod to start with. If anyone can measure an original one that would be great- but no hurry I am at least a year out! I still need to find tranny gears and flywheels- Doug at Santa Cruz shipped my cases today!
Actually Rich...I tried brass rod but my torch was to hot for the rod and the heat separated the elements of the brass rod to a point I could not go that route and the brass rod melted very quickly. What I ended up doing was sawing a length out of solid 1/4" thick brass flat stock. From the flat brass stock I was able to gently heat the brass flat stock, bent it on both ends, and then file away all the brass material I needed to remove in order to shape the loop to specs. I then layed it out to the holes in the scabbard, drilled the lop holes to rivet size and distance between each other. finished filing away material and sanded, and then riveted it to the scabbard. It was a tedious task to say the least. Riveting to the scabbard was a real task unto itself. I had to make up an anvil to fit inside the scabbard to press the rivets against. The home made anvil must fit the reinforcement sheet metal box within the scabbard because the lop rivets to both the reinforcement sheet metal box and the scabbard simultaneously. Aftermarket scabbards rivet the tie down strap loop using a washer [ called a burr ] at the peening end of the rivet. OEM rivet setting of the loop to the scabbard did not use a burr.