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Posted June 01, 2012 - 03:55 PM

Thanks for the build pictures Kenny. I'm curious to see the latching hardware.

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Posted June 01, 2012 - 04:19 PM

Thanks for the build pictures Kenny. I'm curious to see the latching hardware.

So am I, Brian! :bigrofl:
Once i get the hinges working, I'll tackle that. Going by the seat of my pants on this!

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Posted June 01, 2012 - 06:54 PM

It's kinda fun to have no plan and then just see what you can come up with in the time available and with what's on hand.

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Posted June 02, 2012 - 04:54 AM

Since I don't have a program to make a 'working' drawing, I have to get the tail gate mounted to see what happens as it opens/closes. Then it should come easily (???)! :bigrofl; I could spend hours drawing several different things in Sketchup, but I think this will be less time consuming! If I do it right, I may not need the spring to open the latch!

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Posted June 02, 2012 - 11:07 AM

Update! Got the hinges temped on and took that for a trial spin/lift. Tailgate doesn't open by itself until it's at about 30 degrees. Second pic shows what it looks like at 50 degrees. Moves very easily, so the load will push it out as needed. On to the latch!
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I thought about moving the hinge points closer to the rear, but where it's at give more 'pile' clearance.
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Posted June 02, 2012 - 11:33 AM

Can't wait to see how it does when you are loaded to the max and dump it. Gunna do a video of that?

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Posted June 02, 2012 - 04:18 PM

Don't know if I can find enough dirt to load it, Ronnie! Steve and I may be able to get a video. but I may not have a full load on it. I got some of the latches made up today. Had to come in and get things ready for supper. Taking time to think it thru and get it to work right.

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Posted June 02, 2012 - 05:13 PM

Kenny, hinges look good! Are you planning on a mechanical release latch? I was looking at the pics and wondering about solenoids of some sort.

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Posted June 02, 2012 - 05:16 PM

Totally mechanical, Alan! It's stretching my brain, but I think I can make it work!

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Posted June 02, 2012 - 07:53 PM

The project is coming along nicely Kenny. If you could link the latch to your lift mechanism I think that would be awesome.

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Posted June 03, 2012 - 04:40 AM

Bill, in a way it will be. The pin that locks it will be on the frame work just below the bed. As it lifts, the latch will drop on that end and unlock. I'll get some pics this morning of what I have thus far (if I don't get rained out today). I will add one more pin so the latch doesn't drop too far.

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Posted June 03, 2012 - 06:15 AM

That's looking good there Kenny. That paint job is really sharp!

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Posted June 03, 2012 - 06:27 AM

It's kinda messed up with all the welding going on at the rear. I'll have to do some touch up when I get this done!

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Posted June 03, 2012 - 08:04 AM

I got a couple pics of the latch. I have 2 of HF 'great?' welding magnets holding the pin in place. I only went to 25 degrees to see where it was unlatched. I can trim some of the area I have the red arrow at so it will unlatch sooner. Then I took it to about 52 degrees to see what happened.Image009.jpg Image010.jpg
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If I move the pin closer to the rear, I won't have to have another pin to keep the latch from opening more.
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Posted June 03, 2012 - 08:35 AM

Kenny, that is a great design, simple in operation. Amazing how simple can be so hard to build, thanks for the update.
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