Hodgson Part 005, Bearing Retainer Plate

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Hodgson Front Crankcase Cover

After almost a 2-year hiatus, I was able to restart the Hodgson project. I have a small machine shop in the lab where I work at Harvard so I have a little opportunity to play on nights and weekends.

plate01I used a piece 2″ x 2″ square of 0.125″ of Aluminum 7075-T6 plate to make the front bearing retainer. A 3/8″ hole was drilled in the center of the piece to mount it to a scrap tooling plate in the mill vise, and the center of the part was zeroed.

plate02The outside perimeter and the step to create the boss were then milled with a 1/2″ endmill, and the chamfer was added.

plate03The six holes were then drilled and countersunk for the #4 screws completing the work on the upper surface. The clearance holes are 0.140″ instead of the normal clearance for a #4 screw because the countersink passes through the plate. The larger clearance hole prevents a sharp edge on the back side of the part.

plate04With the part removed, six #6-32 holes were tapped in the tooling plate to secure the part for work on the backside. A recess was also milled to clear the boss on the front of the bearing retainer plate.

plate05With the part remounted on the tooling block, the bearing inner race clearance recess was added and the center hole opened up to 0.510″.

plate06A quick lap of the raw mill‐finish on the upper unmachined surface of the plate completes the part.

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