cletis, what type of rod did ya use
I used 20 penny nail which are about 3/16 of an inche. I bent them on a jig that I made to form baseplates.
Longear it looks like you were able to use straight guards on whats looks like a 1 1/2 montgomery or the new montana. I had to use a formed guard to clear the pivot portion of the pan.
Macthediver the guard wouldn't clear the pivot portion of the pan positioned at the outside of the jaw, had to adjust to the inner position, still ended up 1/8 to 3/16 from edge which should give me ample bite with the edge of jaw. Some of the welds much to my dismay came to the edge of the jaw which makes the guard look flush.
Have a few more 1 1/2 s to reform the jaws and add a new second spring.