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#1 KennyP ONLINE  

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Posted May 30, 2012 - 04:56 PM

I am revisiting this build:
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I had a binding problem with the winch, so I raised the mast about 8". No Pics as yet. But I will be building the tail gate toward the weekend. I have been making some pieces for it and have come across an idea for the tailgate locking mechanism. If all goes as planned, I will have a working tailgate soon for this. I did put the grease zerks in and gave it a few shots. But it is time to finish this. Just hope I can find enough dirt to make a load and dump it for you guys! Stay tuned. Pics on Friday, got to clean some gutters tomorrow!
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Posted May 30, 2012 - 06:54 PM

Kenny, good luck on your design implementation. Do you have a sketch up of the new gate idea?

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Posted May 30, 2012 - 10:03 PM

Kenny, I am waiting on the pictures to see your next engineering feat.. Good Luck.. :thumbs:

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Posted May 31, 2012 - 04:39 AM

Kenny, good luck on your design implementation. Do you have a sketch up of the new gate idea?

No sketch, it's all in my head. The tailgate will work similar to a dump trucks. It's the locking mechanism for it that will be different. At least, I hope it works. It will be spring loaded to unlock as the bed goes up, and lock when the bed is down. But first I have to build the tail gate and add support to the back end of the bed for the hinges on it. It will be removable when needed. I'm hoping all goes as planned. Just can't get started until Friday, maybe this afternoon if things go well on the gutter cleaning. I have 3 houses to clean gutters on today!

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Posted May 31, 2012 - 05:10 AM

Gutters on 3 houses ? Wow, I hate cleaning cutters. It amazes me why every slick new gutter invention requires RAIN to keep them clean, when the reality is leaves and pine needle etc collect with WIND and it doesn't take much build up to where rain won't clean 'em.

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Posted May 31, 2012 - 05:33 AM

Lee, at least they are all in the same block. Hopefully, won't take all day!
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Posted May 31, 2012 - 05:38 AM

Lee, at least they are all in the same block. Hopefully, won't take all day!

Good luck and don't forget your "raincoat"--- :bounce:

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Posted May 31, 2012 - 04:32 PM

Kenny, I missed most of the build post so I went back and read it all. Fantastic build with lots of detail in your post. I think a dump truck style tail gate is a great idea. You can also make the release mechanism with a spring so when you let the gate back down it will lock automatically. Just a thought.

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Posted May 31, 2012 - 04:54 PM

Ronnie, the spring will unlatch it. I will figure a way to latch it when it is down, possibly a post it goes against and locking it in! As it raises, the spring will unlatch it.
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Posted May 31, 2012 - 05:09 PM

No sketch, it's all in my head.


I hope you do better at this then me, When I try to do something with the plan just in my head I usually run into all kinds of problems to resolve. Good Luck my friend.

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Posted May 31, 2012 - 05:17 PM

Bill, until I get the tailgate built, it's hard to figure the rest out. I think if I go about it as getting the latch mechanism working, then the unlatch should be easy! Keep everything crossed you can, I may need it!

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Posted May 31, 2012 - 07:45 PM

I'll be looking forward for the pic's :)

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Posted June 01, 2012 - 04:02 AM

I did have time yesterday to cut the parts that will be the frame for the tail gate. I'll have pics this afternoon as I weld it together.

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Posted June 01, 2012 - 03:26 PM

Got some of it done before the rain hit. Just showers, but enough to mess with me. I made some upright pieces for the tailgate to butt against. Got those welded together and installed on the trailer.
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Got the new frame work for the tailgate itself welded up.
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I went ahead and sprayed a coat of primer on the money side and stuck it in the shed to dry over night. Hopefully tomorrow will let me work on the hinges and latch.
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Posted June 01, 2012 - 03:36 PM

Looking good Kenny. We had about the same thing here today, spotty showers. The dogs thought they were yo-yo's I'd bring them in then let them out.




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