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Re: Army Trailer into a Farm Service Trailer conversion
« Reply #100 on: September 03, 2017, 10:01:05 PM »
The four corners present differently, so they each got their own mount as well. I had a bunch of frame bolts left over from the SquareD incomplete build, so I put them to work
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« Reply #101 on: September 03, 2017, 10:02:05 PM »
Using the supplied holes, the math worked out to having four hoops front to back
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« Reply #102 on: September 03, 2017, 10:03:39 PM »
I created the legs for the hoops from electrical conduit, following the suggestion from one of you boneheads. The leg length is 23"
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« Reply #103 on: September 03, 2017, 10:06:22 PM »
This is not an NHRA roll cage, and it doesn't need to be complicated. All it really needs is to stand up to the weight of a pre-ranger who undoubtedly will nap up there hiding from me so he can escape some work. I do believe in slavery and I think it all starts at home!

So  we will keep it stupid simple and just use electrical conduit sleeves and elbows and just screw the things together.
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« Reply #104 on: September 03, 2017, 10:07:13 PM »
Starting with either stupid or simple, not sure yet, here's the legs:
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« Reply #105 on: September 03, 2017, 10:07:50 PM »
The cross bar is 68 7/8" long
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« Reply #106 on: September 03, 2017, 10:08:52 PM »
And just like that, I had four each legs looking for a place to stand!
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« Reply #107 on: September 03, 2017, 10:10:19 PM »
Using clamps, a big square and my trusty assistant (to whom I'm married) I applied sparks to where things touched and it became like a man and a woman in marriage (As one).
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« Reply #108 on: September 03, 2017, 10:12:52 PM »
Here is an actual, not staged, shot of her holding things together prior to tacking. Saw this and had a flashback...I thought I was downtown Kandahar looking at a woman or a sack of rice...Appearances are similar.

She fears the sparks!
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« Reply #109 on: September 03, 2017, 10:14:54 PM »
In as much time as democratic pollsters can change a hundred ballots, I had all four standin' at attention, awaiting follow on orders!
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« Reply #110 on: September 03, 2017, 10:18:38 PM »
I was going to leave it that way for the evening, but one of the curtain climbers was eyeing the setup. He was seeing a playground jungle gym thing, so I decided to start reinforcing the thing.

First up is two longitudinal braces just down from the elbow. I'll create a strong box below, then work off that to brace up the roof areas

And that was all I felt like sweating over today...Off to shower land and spaghetti...Yippee!
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« Reply #111 on: September 03, 2017, 10:31:32 PM »
Looks good,,,,,,,,,,,
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« Reply #112 on: September 03, 2017, 10:32:11 PM »
Looks good,,,,,,,,,,,
Long ways to go yet...
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« Reply #113 on: September 03, 2017, 10:34:22 PM »
That's a good start for sure.
I just don't want to wind up missing a digit or limb.  I can sometimes get in a hurry to get results.
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« Reply #114 on: September 03, 2017, 10:55:45 PM »
Here is an actual, not staged, shot of her holding things together prior to tacking. Saw this and had a flashback...I thought I was downtown Kandahar looking at a woman or a sack of rice...Appearances are similar.

She fears the sparks!

Well she has had close encounters with carnage like motorcycle wheelies and who know what else most likely developed a healthy dose of self survival when in the Big D operating area. Even with the potential of losing some fashion flair.


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« Reply #115 on: September 03, 2017, 11:01:43 PM »
Don, I don't care what these guys say, you are a halfway decent fabricator


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« Reply #116 on: September 03, 2017, 11:15:35 PM »
Don, I don't care what these guys say, you are halfway to being a decent fabricator


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« Reply #117 on: September 03, 2017, 11:39:27 PM »
Don, I don't care what these guys say, you are a halfway decent fabricator


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That may be so, but who did he hire to paint the trailer? It looks really good!
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« Reply #118 on: September 03, 2017, 11:58:05 PM »
Using those 90s was a good idea, I just used a bender. Those connectors will need a cover of some sort or the tarp will wear right through.

The brace is just burned on right? Watch those fumes when welding plated metals, deadly stuff. I need to add those, wish there was a bolt on piece.

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« Reply #119 on: September 04, 2017, 12:29:54 AM »
I'd buy that as a kit


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« Reply #120 on: September 04, 2017, 04:01:55 AM »
Heck, I will do that before winter here. Just a few hours job for so much benefit!
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« Reply #121 on: September 04, 2017, 08:35:40 AM »
Don, I don't care what these guys say, you are a halfway decent fabricator


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« Reply #122 on: September 04, 2017, 08:36:33 AM »
Here is an actual, not staged, shot of her holding things together prior to tacking. Saw this and had a flashback...I thought I was downtown Kandahar looking at a woman or a sack of rice...Appearances are similar.

She fears the sparks!

Well she has had close encounters with carnage like motorcycle wheelies and who know what else most likely developed a healthy dose of self survival when in the Big D operating area. Even with the potential of losing some fashion flair.


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« Reply #123 on: September 04, 2017, 08:37:42 AM »
Don, I don't care what these guys say, you are a halfway decent fabricator


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That may be so, but who did he hire to paint the trailer? It looks really good!
Sometimes I get things right by total accident!

This is one of those rare instances...
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« Reply #124 on: September 04, 2017, 08:38:36 AM »
Using those 90s was a good idea, I just used a bender. Those connectors will need a cover of some sort or the tarp will wear right through.

The brace is just burned on right? Watch those fumes when welding plated metals, deadly stuff. I need to add those, wish there was a bolt on piece.


I was thinking of getting some foam pipe insulation and covering those areas

Yes, just heavily tacked at the moment, but burned in is all I'll do.
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« Reply #125 on: September 04, 2017, 09:53:59 AM »
Don, I don't care what these guys say, you are a halfway decent fabricator


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Do you guys need a room? Lol


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« Reply #126 on: September 04, 2017, 10:58:05 AM »
ROFL.....
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« Reply #127 on: September 04, 2017, 11:39:36 AM »

Do you guys need a room? Lol


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Don just built it,,,,,,,,,,,,
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« Reply #128 on: September 04, 2017, 12:25:27 PM »
Need to build a upper level and put a bunk bed in there


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« Reply #129 on: September 05, 2017, 10:05:15 PM »
Need to build a upper level and put a bunk bed in there


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« Reply #130 on: September 05, 2017, 10:29:16 PM »
Rev:B

How about enough to support a hammock?


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« Reply #131 on: September 06, 2017, 10:39:17 AM »
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How about enough to support a hammock?


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« Reply #132 on: September 06, 2017, 01:41:50 PM »
Just trying to position myself a place to crash when we all come down there to visit is all


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« Reply #133 on: September 06, 2017, 03:26:37 PM »
No sleep for you^^^^^

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« Reply #134 on: September 06, 2017, 03:27:19 PM »
It already has 3 hammocks.
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« Reply #135 on: September 06, 2017, 04:15:19 PM »
I'll cook what you all bring.  Sure enough


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« Reply #136 on: September 06, 2017, 10:54:25 PM »
I'll cook what you all bring.  Sure enough


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« Reply #137 on: September 07, 2017, 11:32:03 PM »
Next up is the battery box. I drilled six 1/4" holes through the box, and into the wheel well.I then installed nutserts in keeping with the way the trailer was constructed
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« Reply #138 on: September 07, 2017, 11:33:14 PM »
Then, using fender washers and some spacers so the lid could fit, bolted the plastic box into place
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« Reply #139 on: September 07, 2017, 11:34:19 PM »
That heavy Exide deep cycle battery came next
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« Reply #140 on: September 07, 2017, 11:35:38 PM »
The power cable for the fuel pump was attached, and the excess cable tied off and stowed. The cable itself is secured to pillow blocks glued into place
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« Reply #141 on: September 07, 2017, 11:37:42 PM »
I tested the circuit, and the pump is motoring like gangbusters.

Then back to bracing the canvas frame.

These small braces will triangulate the sides against longitudinal movement.
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« Reply #142 on: September 07, 2017, 11:38:51 PM »
it is getting pretty rigid at this point
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« Reply #143 on: September 07, 2017, 11:40:11 PM »
Then either end got some diagonal support
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« Reply #144 on: September 07, 2017, 11:41:11 PM »
Some more decals showed up for duty
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« Reply #145 on: September 07, 2017, 11:42:57 PM »
The battery will be topped up every day compliments to the coleman 6 watt trickle charger
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« Reply #146 on: September 07, 2017, 11:44:46 PM »
I really took my time carefully placing the panel onto the fuel tank

The masking tape should hold it until it migrates onto the roof once the canvas shows up
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« Reply #147 on: September 07, 2017, 11:45:58 PM »
Back to the tailgate, I am still forgetting to get that 90 degree fitting
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« Reply #148 on: September 07, 2017, 11:46:16 PM »
Like! Can't wait to see the cover.
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« Reply #149 on: September 07, 2017, 11:48:01 PM »
I still plan to weld in two more longitudinal stiffeners and fix a sheet of plywood to the roof prior to covering with canvas.
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