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#31 Ryan313 OFFLINE  

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Posted April 02, 2012 - 09:07 AM

I had not thought about mounting it on the tongue of my other trailer. That's actually a great idea but I don't think there is enough room. It would hang over and drasticly reduce my turning radius. I agree that it would be very useful having it there but it would take a beating on the front also.

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Posted April 03, 2012 - 06:57 PM

Yesterday morning I went out hoping to get a lot done and start making the main frame by days end. I welded one of the plates to the rear axle then I ran out of welding gas. Not sure when im getting more but even if I didn't run out I don't think I would have been able to finish before break ends.

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Posted April 16, 2012 - 11:40 AM

Just wanted to +1 on making sure the trailer is WIDE and stable. Compressors are bad in that all the heavy stuff (engine and iron pump) are up high, and mounted on top of a relatively light (hollow) tank. What is really stable standing upright becomes a bear once it starts to tip even a little.

And lots of sharp, points ends made of hard metal and things to catch hold of you as it starts to go over.

A lesson one of my neighbors found out the hard way when moving a big 2 stage compressor. His engine hoist wouldn't lift high enough to lift it from the top, so they slung it by the tank (!!!!!!!!) to lift it off the trailer. Luckily, no one was hurt when the thing went crashing over. But the compressor pump didn't fair that well.....

Safety first whenever working with anything bigger or heavier than you!!!
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Posted April 29, 2012 - 05:36 PM

Today, I finally got back to my project after getting welding gas about 2 weeks ago. The first thing I did was to finish the rear axle. I welded a piece of round bar to each side and used one of those circles with a set screw to hold the wheels on. Sorry for the pic quality, my garage is plenty lit to work in, but its not the best for taking photos. I think the axle is wide enough as it is, after the axle was on I pushed the top and it wasn't tipsy until I got to about 30-40 degrees. I dont plan to go on anything that steep, but I'm still going to have to be cautious with it.
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I decided to get rid of my idea of using another axle, I'm just going to have the one axle, and an extra long tongue. Since I will not be using another axle, I needed to make some cross pieces for the front mounts, I got those made up and attached.
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This is where I finished today.
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I just need to make connect the axle, to the front cross-member and that will stretch forward to make the tongue.

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Posted April 29, 2012 - 05:50 PM

Looking good Ryan. It's a good project.
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Posted April 30, 2012 - 08:43 PM

Today I cut a few pieces, measured some stuff, and took the cross-members and axle off so I can weld the frame together.

Goals For Tomorrow:
1) Grind and weld the frame together
2) Cut the pieces for the tongue

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Posted May 01, 2012 - 04:45 AM

Looks good, Ryan! Should work okay, just go slow when pulling it around.
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Posted May 01, 2012 - 12:44 PM

Looking great Ryan
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Posted May 01, 2012 - 01:08 PM

That's coming along nice Ryan! I did the same type of thing with mine. Now you will have all the air you need anywhere you need it :thumbs:
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Posted May 01, 2012 - 01:58 PM

Thanks for the kind words everybody!

Chris, do you have a thread on yours? I would like to see it!

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Posted May 01, 2012 - 06:08 PM

Today, I got home from school with the intention of getting the frame welded together. I started welding and I ran out of welding wire. :wallbanging: Since I could no longer weld anything, I put the axle and cross-members back under the compressor and started cutting pieces for the tongue. I got everything I need to make the tongue cut and about half of those pieces grinded and prepped for welding.

Here is where I finished today. The outside pieces of square stock go back to the axle, over the cross-members, and about 1/3 the way up the tongue. The inside pieces of square-stock start about halfway between the axle and the cross-members, then continue forward to make the tongue. All four pieces of square-stock will be connected with flat stock at the front of the outside pieces, and back of the inside pieces.


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Posted May 01, 2012 - 07:40 PM

Goals For Tomorrow:
1) Finish grinding all parts.
2) Get welding wire.
3) Weld as much together as I can. Lol

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Posted May 01, 2012 - 07:57 PM

Good luck Ryan.
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Posted May 01, 2012 - 08:20 PM

Your project is really coming together Ryan! That's going to be a great and useful tool to have wherever and whenever you need some compressed air! I like that you're setting goals for the work to be done, but don't be too discouraged if you don't meet them. You're doing a great job and I admire your persistence. Keep up the great work!
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Posted May 01, 2012 - 08:44 PM

Looking really good Ryan. Thanks for keeping us in the build!
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