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    New member from Kentucky

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Size:  160.2 KBHello to all, just found this board and hope to share in and absorb the wealth of knowledge that all of you have assembled here.
    My first large project is turning a salvaged industrial steel frame that is very well constructed of 3x4x1/4 main rails and 2x4x1/4 cross members into a trailer dedicated soley to haul a 10kw military generator. It was professionaly built and the existing welds on this thing are impecable and I could not pass up the opportunity to snatch it up @ a nickel a pound and repurpose it into a trailer. It was one of two that were assembled together and used as an alignment device for some very large/ heavy rollers.

    The other piece will also be used for a trailer frame at some future date.

    The MEP803a generator weighs in at 1700lbs plus there will be an auxilary fuel tank of about 36 gal. of diesel.
    Will be using a single 5000lb axle and 2x4x1/4 rectangular tubing for the tongue and a ring type hitch.

    Currently I own two sets of cutting torches, a small Lincoln MIG welder with Argon, an el cheapo flux core welder and an old but very new looking and hardly ever used Dayton AC stick welder that goes up to 130 amps that I bought from an estate a few years ago, and the usual array of hand and power tools, clamps.

    I know I'll be in good company here and likely to find the answers to guestions I might have as I progress.

    Thanks in advance for sharing your knowledge and comments, it all counts.
    Last edited by SteelFab; 01-27-2019 at 02:38 PM. Reason: Photo

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    Re: New member from Kentucky

    Welcome to the Forum!

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    Re: New member from Kentucky

    Welcome from Illinois!

    The frame looks good

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    Re: New member from Kentucky

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    Re: New member from Kentucky

    Welcome, what part of Kentucky are you in
    Mike

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    Re: New member from Kentucky

    Quote Originally Posted by Ky farmer View Post
    Welcome, what part of Kentucky are you in
    Mike
    Just north of Somerset.

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    Re: New member from Kentucky

    Welcome ! I built trailers for a living years ago let me know if you need any help.

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    Re: New member from Kentucky

    Quote Originally Posted by SteelFab View Post
    Just north of Somerset.
    South of Louisville here

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    Re: New member from Kentucky

    Quote Originally Posted by paul. m View Post
    Welcome ! I built trailers for a living years ago let me know if you need any help.
    Ok....I need help!

    The frame pictured in my fist post has a spring center of about 43 inches( very non standard width). I'm thinking that I'll have to order a longer 5000lb axle and cut it in the middle to proper length and use an insert or external sleeve for strength, OR buy hubs drums and axles and a piece of tubing and just fabricate my own from scratch.
    I do not have any jigs to clamp things up so I'm wondering if a pre fab axle would be a better choice. Have you shortened axles and or built from scratch? Am I being overly cautious?

    Thanks!

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    Re: New member from Kentucky

    Do a Google search for Dexter axles and use their website to locate a dealer near you. Take lots of photos and measurements with you and pay them a visit. Since it’s just a trailer axle (not a driveline axle) they are relatively cheap to get custom made.

    And if you were unaware, Dexter axles are top shelf......the good stuff.

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    Re: New member from Kentucky

    Quote Originally Posted by HoustonJames View Post
    Do a Google search for Dexter axles and use their website to locate a dealer near you. Take lots of photos and measurements with you and pay them a visit. Since it’s just a trailer axle (not a driveline axle) they are relatively cheap to get custom made.

    And if you were unaware, Dexter axles are top shelf......the good stuff.
    I will do that, Thank you much for the info.

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