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#16 NJKen OFFLINE  

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Posted February 22, 2013 - 01:47 PM

New grade 8 5/8 x 1-1/4" bolts. Flanged nuts and big thick fender washers.

Cutting those old bolts off was a SOB !! Sawzall would not touch em, cut rite through the nuts like butter, but once I hit that grade 8 bolt it stopped dead.
I had to go to a cutting wheel on the grinder.

Yes a touch would have taken a fraction of the time and so would a big nut splitter, I don't own either, sadly.

I'm so glad Fastenal is only 5 mins away, not the cheapest, but they have a great selection of hardware.

My part time employee will be over this evening to hopefully weld up all that needs it. Another thing I don't have, a welder. : ( that's one thing I never got into.

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Posted February 22, 2013 - 01:56 PM

<p>Ken , You could always use steel grating like this and have unlimited tie down spots, good drainage and still carry lots of weight. I have used this stuff on lot of projects for customers and placed heavy equipment on it, strong stuff.</p>
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I was actually looking at something similar to that when I picked my steel up the other day.
This place has it all http://www.shopjfi.com/ and I mean it ALL !! If they don't have it in metals, then no one does. It's one of the biggest steel, surplus, hardware and equipment places in the country I bet. I hate going there it's so big and they have so much. It's hard to leave without spending hours and hours looking at everything.

I'm going to stick with my plan, although I sure appreciate all the suggestions. I have the steel, and had the white oak planks milled for this last year for this project, they are pretty dry now and will soak up my oil preservative real well I'm sure.

Stay tuned, more to follow. Hope to have this done in the next week or so.
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Posted February 22, 2013 - 02:50 PM

Ken that's a great place for materials :dancingbanana: the closest  to me might be the Pottsville Pa  , I didn't look if they ups  small items 



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Posted February 23, 2013 - 06:18 PM

Think this fender is out of square ? I tried to straighten it out, no luck. The angle iron brace is going to need to be heated up to do so. I'll have a acetylene torch here in the next few days to do so.

No progress made today, but I did make a trip to harbor freight and picked up a pneumatic needle scaler. The bottom really needs it.

Tonight or tomorrow I'm going to attempt to put the trailer on its side so that the bottom is easier to work on. If I don't post anytime soon, you'll know that I'm crushed like a grape and that my attempt failed big time. : )

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Posted February 23, 2013 - 07:00 PM

Lastr time I rolled a trailer over it went badly. I had my 30 foot trailer with the 8 foot one piece tailgate that needed work so I chained it to the truck and rolled it over. Thing I didn't think about was putting the tailgate down. It pogoed over and destroyed one of the back doors to the WarBeast. I was not happy. fortunately I found a door the same color for $50 and my sign guy re-lettered the window for $50 so it wasn't all that bad.



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Posted February 23, 2013 - 07:21 PM

Ken , You could always use steel grating like this and have unlimited tie down spots, good drainage and still carry lots of weight. I have used this stuff on lot of projects for customers and placed heavy equipment on it, strong stuff.

 

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That grating will handle more load than the axle can!  



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Posted February 24, 2013 - 01:26 PM

More pics !! Don't try this at home, I'm a "Trained Professional"

Big Joe lift did a fine job of lifting the trailer.

Rather the chip, grind and sand the bottom. I used my 4000 PSI pressure washer with turbo zero degree nozzle. It blew the lose rust and scale off. Good thing it's a nice warm 48 out. Cause I'm drenched.

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Posted February 24, 2013 - 03:21 PM

I'm BACK !! I bought more photos

Broken weld, on both sides, both places that attach the axel to the frame.

2nd Pic weld cut off

3rd pic cutting some thick angle iron that I had laying around.

Last few pics, angles clamped on and ready for welding.

If I'm boring anyone, let me know. And maybe I'll stop posting. And maybe not.
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Posted February 24, 2013 - 03:49 PM

Good thing you found all those broken welds! Trailer is looking good and look forward to seeing the finished product. :thumbs:


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Posted February 24, 2013 - 05:59 PM

I'm BACK !! I


If I'm boring anyone, let me know. And maybe I'll stop posting. And maybe not.
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Keep up the good work and keep boring us with more pictures :thumbs:   Rick



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Posted February 25, 2013 - 04:33 PM

Ok, for those that lost sleep waiting for an update, here we go.

Brought the trailer back into the garage, and put it up on its side again. (Waiting for my welder, with his welder to get the underneath repairs done. So I can shoot it with rust converter then undercoating.
Don't panic when you see the first pic, I'm going to put on 2 safety chains or heavy rope before anyone works under it. I'll attach them to the uni strut shelves that are lag bolted into the 2 x 6 studs.

The other pics are of the stainless steel panels I plan on using as sides, the big piece is going on the floor before the 10 gauge steel and white oak. I have it, it's free so why not ?

The panels are new, and still have the protective plastic on them, which isn't coming off in some places. Even the turbo pressure washer nozzle did not work. I'll try a heat gun to see if that works.

O well, back to work !!

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Posted February 25, 2013 - 04:37 PM

"Don't panic when you see the first pic,"

 

I did anyways. Now what?



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Posted February 25, 2013 - 04:54 PM

<p>"Don't panic when you see the first pic,"</p>
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<p>I did anyways. Now what?</p>


Not to worry Scott, I sure don't wish to see anyone crushed by 1100 lbs of steel. Does this put your mind at ease ?

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Posted February 25, 2013 - 08:26 PM

nice rebuilding so far Ken...  I prefer the forklift outta the way so i could run... 



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Posted February 25, 2013 - 08:44 PM

Looks like you're getting it fixed up for many more years of service. Big Joe looks like a capable helper!






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