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    Re: Show us what you welded today!

    I just got one also when clicking on #440...


    But obviously this page #441 works...

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    Re: Show us what you welded today!

    Started on another battery box for a camp trailer.

    Mostly 1 inch x 1/8th angle iron for the frame, 2 inch for the two long members and I got a couple sheets of 11gauge steel from my buddy to skin it with the 11 gauge would have been plenty strong even without a frame but I get more support this way as it will be mounted on the two outermost bottom cross pieces.. not sitting flat on anything.


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    Got a chance to work on the batt box again after work today.
    Tacked in a piano hinge.
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    Busted out the plasma to finish cutting the sheet panels... much easier and quicker
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    Welded on some links for padlocks. Just gotta sand it up and throw some paint on er'
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    Got the rear wheels on:


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    Cool, those wheels are a good size match... Makes for a nice mobile look.

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    These homemade hubs are a real time suck. I need a lathe something bad.

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    Show us what you welded today!

    Looks like an anhydrous ammonia tanker
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    Quote Originally Posted by TimmyTIG View Post
    Got the rear wheels on:

    Slap an engine on that thing and you got a beast!

    Been following the build...looks awesome...need to eventually see some output photos of consumables...

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    Thatís looking great!
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    Thanks, SC! I'm liking the way it's turning out, too. Hopefully I can get the front wheels on today. I thought I was gonna have to go with steering rods, but that firebox is like a big ol' counterweight on the other end, there's not gonna be that much weight on the front, I think I can get by with a rigid axle with a central pivot point. Be a lot less work and figgering.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ronsii View Post
    Started on another battery box for a camp trailer.

    Mostly 1 inch x 1/8th angle iron for the frame, 2 inch for the two long members and I got a couple sheets of 11gauge steel from my buddy to skin it with the 11 gauge would have been plenty strong even without a frame but I get more support this way as it will be mounted on the two outermost bottom cross pieces.. not sitting flat on anything.


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    Thats very similar to the steel angle iron that i pick up in my neighborhood on garbage night. you can always find those old bed frames being put out for trash. it isw a great source of cheap angle iron for small projects around the house. For non critical uses, like home security frames for windows, or a frame to support an ammo box jeep center console, its ok.
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    Quote Originally Posted by yesindeed View Post
    Thats very similar to the steel angle iron that i pick up in my neighborhood on garbage night. you can always find those old bed frames being put out for trash. it isw a great source of cheap angle iron for small projects around the house. For non critical uses, like home security frames for windows, or a frame to support an ammo box jeep center console, its ok.
    LOL!!! This is all A36HR just a lot of it has a pre-patina storage finish on it I always wirewheel the stuff before welding but it still messes with the welding process of ER71tgs wire... but if I took the time to grind all the patina in a weld fusion zone I'd never get anything done

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    Here's another quick fix had to do with minimal grinding... the ramps on our big tex trailer take a real beating everytime the cx60 gets on and off And it would appear that during the construction of the ramps they did NOT grind the edges of any of the cut sheet products... because anywhere there is and edge weld there is a crack running the length of the weld exactly(within a thousandth of an inch) where the edge of the sheet is...

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    Had to add some reinforcing bars to the ramps where the 'ramp feet' come back up into the back of the ramp for support while the load is on the hinge point, the original weld is a 'T' intersection tack weld
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    Re: Show us what you welded today!

    Quote Originally Posted by ronsii View Post
    Here's another quick fix had to do with minimal grinding...
    ronsii,

    A couple of Qs for you. Not being a professional fabricator it's taken me some time to learn, but I do keep picking up things as I go...I started to fix a hitch a year or two back and then thought I used the wrong concept so went to confer with a fabricator. I thought it was brilliant that he added a piece of diamond plate behind the frame I stick welded, so he was able to save my work (that made me feel good in itself as I had completed about 50% of the work). He did kinda like you have on this diamond plate where he welded 2" strips spread out about every 6 inches, and I know I most likely would have tried to weld the entire seam even if I had thought to add the diamond plate. He explained to me that it didn't need any more weld and would only warp the plate by welding the entire seam. Warpage is something I need to understand better, but kind of learning. How do you determine how much weld is needed for a given task? Do you just guess?

    Also, I was curious, is that fugly rebar how Big Tex did that originally? Why not use a plate on top of the angle, similar to how the one was done on the corner behind that weld?

    I've seen some pretty poorly built trailers, some of the vendors seem to have some pretty tight pockets in regards to structural design, and this doesn't seem to be isolated to any one vendor. Was this rebar just someone else's crappy repair?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TraditionalToolworks View Post
    ronsii,

    A couple of Qs for you. Not being a professional fabricator it's taken me some time to learn, but I do keep picking up things as I go...I started to fix a hitch a year or two back and then thought I used the wrong concept so went to confer with a fabricator. I thought it was brilliant that he added a piece of diamond plate behind the frame I stick welded, so he was able to save my work (that made me feel good in itself as I had completed about 50% of the work). He did kinda like you have on this diamond plate where he welded 2" strips spread out about every 6 inches, and I know I most likely would have tried to weld the entire seam even if I had thought to add the diamond plate. He explained to me that it didn't need any more weld and would only warp the plate by welding the entire seam. Warpage is something I need to understand better, but kind of learning. How do you determine how much weld is needed for a given task? Do you just guess?

    Also, I was curious, is that fugly rebar how Big Tex did that originally? Why not use a plate on top of the angle, similar to how the one was done on the corner behind that weld?

    I've seen some pretty poorly built trailers, some of the vendors seem to have some pretty tight pockets in regards to structural design, and this doesn't seem to be isolated to any one vendor. Was this rebar just someone else's crappy repair?
    My beautimous piece of rebar is not stock I put it in just as an intersection piece where bigtex normally had a 1 inch long fillet weld along two pieces of sheet. here you can see the green line... this is where they put a little fillet weld to handle 1/2 the entire load the ramps take! well needless to say it doesn't last long.. as the top of the weld cracks out quick and then it's done.
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    My point on the DP sheet cracking was I'm pretty sure they didn't prep the cut edge which was more than likely plasma cut and would have had a nitride edge coating thus leading to the mass cracking on every weld.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ronsii View Post
    My beautimous piece of rebar is not stock
    Now it's a proper farm trailer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TimmyTIG View Post
    Is the distance from tires to fire box going to cause problems?
    Looks good
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    There's about a 3 inch gap. I figure I can either put a shield of some sort outside, or put fire bricks inside to stop the heat. Gotta fire it up and see what's needed.

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    Re: Show us what you welded today!

    Maybe fenders?
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    I don't think it's gonna get all that hot right there, heat rises. Most of the fire will be further back towards the door. See what happens when I do the first cook, I can always throw a piece of plywood in there temporarily, if need be.

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    Heat doesn't rise, hot air does - convection. The problem you MAY run into is the heat radiating from the firebox as the steel gets hot and radiates out which is where the risk of cooking the tires comes from. Radiation doesn't rise, it just goes directly outward. Metal fenders with an air gap on both sides would probably do the trick as a heat shield, if it is an issue. As you say, you can try it first and see how it goes... or put on fenders and be safe if you like. Either way, I'm sure you got it covered...
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    Iím surprised you used just a center leg.... instead of 2 uprights.

    ... just an observation, not a criticism.

    Looks good.




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    Quote Originally Posted by John T View Post
    I’m surprised you used just a center leg.... instead of 2 uprights.

    ... just an observation, not a criticism.

    Looks good.




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    Re: Show us what you welded today!

    Nevermind
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