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#181 KennyP ONLINE  

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Posted March 07, 2013 - 08:01 AM

That's a thought, but I want it all secure enough someone can't unbolt and carry the box off. The trailer tongue is 3X3 angle iron.



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Posted March 07, 2013 - 08:21 AM

You could weld steel straps to the heavy steel plate. Under the tongue you can use another strap set up like a hasp with a padlock on it. This way it will still be removable if needed or wanted. You could weld the straps directly to the tongue if that is your preference, just will be difficult to remove. Hopefully once you finish you will never need to remove it.

 

 

 

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Posted March 07, 2013 - 08:30 AM

The only challenge to that is the box bottom will be sandwiched in there and it is aluminum. I want to make it removable, just in case. But all that will be done from inside the box. I'll see if I can make up a sketch of my plans to see if folks think it will hold the stress from the winch.



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Posted March 07, 2013 - 07:35 PM

Kenny, weld the "c" channel to the tongue, put the box on top, 3/8 plate in the box with bolts going into holes in the “c”, weld the nuts under the lip of the “c”. Bolts would be inside the box and impossible to remove unless you had the key. Too tall? Weld the 3/8 plate to the “c” channel, placed inside box; weld the nuts on the underside of the tongue. Again, bolts would be locked inside box.

But beware, a lot of these keys for these boxes are the same. A lock only keeps honest people, honest.


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Posted March 07, 2013 - 08:54 PM

I'm looking at a variant of your second option. I would like the box sitting on the tongue with the winch raised up inside there. I totally understand about the honest folk. But the harder it is to get off there, the better!



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Posted March 08, 2013 - 06:55 PM

Let us know what you come up with, I'm sure it will be just what you need! I would not worry about the aluminum being "sandwiched." These boxes are pretty tough. Yours looks like the one I have, made by Dee Zee in Des Moines. Just ensure it is tight and completely supports the winch. Think of it as a "washer."


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Posted March 09, 2013 - 07:57 AM

I have come up with one issue. The box may interfere with the turning radius. I plan to put a 2X4 up there to mimic the box and see what happens. I'll know more later today!


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Posted March 10, 2013 - 08:02 AM

I clamped a board on where the box corner would be and sure enough it will interfere with the turning radius. I will have to cut the box down to about 3-1/2' width. Luckily I have someone with aluminum welding set up and experience to do that. May be a bit before we can get it done though. I plan to cut this out of the middle of the box so it will be easy to put back together.


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Posted March 10, 2013 - 10:26 PM

I was concerned about this, is there enough room to mount the box on the bedside of the rail, without taking up too much precious space? These boxes are only 16-18 inches deep, can you sacrifice the extra room and avoid cutting?

Life is full of compromise. Give and take; what will work the best in the long haul? Lots of storage space and removal of the box when needed or cut down and cramped? You make the call.



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Posted March 11, 2013 - 05:08 AM

If I put it in the bed, then the winch mounting gets tricky. Not to say the loss of space. Got to think a bit on this!



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Posted March 11, 2013 - 07:39 AM

Take your time. Also look at other completely different ways to do it. Maybe mount the box on the side of the trailer if it isn't too wide?

OR on top of the rail? Good Luck, Rick



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Posted March 11, 2013 - 07:53 AM

I need to make a trip over to the scrap metal place and see what I can find. I want the winch inside a box for several reasons, most is so it isn't so noticeable. But, wiring connections and battery storage are up there too. If I can find some sheet metal that isn't too thick, I may just build a box that will take care of the needs. Then I can use the aluminum box for other options. I haven't had much time lately to do hardly anything with the GT's and hauler. That needs to change. The days are getting warmer and longer. And there is so much to do.



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Posted March 14, 2013 - 06:23 AM

I made a trip to the scrap metal place yesterday. Found some nice goodies to build a box with. 3/8" X 17-1/4" X 29-3/8" plate to mount the winch on. Some 10-1/4" X 1/8" for the sides. And some heavy sheet for the lid. I bought 174 lbs of this stuff. Should make a nice solid box for the winch.

 

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This is the 3/8" plate and I drilled the holes for the winch to mount. I will need to weld the rest of the holes up to keep moisture out.

 


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Posted March 14, 2013 - 05:22 PM

Got most of the box welded together today. Just needs a lid.

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Posted March 14, 2013 - 07:01 PM

Lookin Good! :thumbs:


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