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#31 chris m OFFLINE  

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Posted August 04, 2013 - 08:31 PM

I predicted it would take 3-5 replies for somebody to notice my calender!

The only reason I tried to find something was because I know how you are :D :watching_you: :rolling:


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Posted August 04, 2013 - 08:51 PM

The only reason I tried to find something was because I know how you are :D :watching_you: :rolling:


And how is that? People are usually surprised that with my obsession of keeping my work area as clean and neat as possible, I still have last years calender up!
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Posted August 04, 2013 - 08:52 PM

Sounds like you need to take a belt sander to the work bench to level it out.

 

Frame looks great. Hope it isn't tweaked too bad.


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Posted August 04, 2013 - 09:48 PM

Frame looks great. Will anything be attached to the 'tweaked' crossmember?


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Posted August 05, 2013 - 07:13 PM

Frame looks great. Will anything be attached to the 'tweaked' crossmember?


Nope, that one is just for support. I am also going to try and cover it with something so you can only see it from underneith.
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Posted August 06, 2013 - 03:05 PM

I changed my design a little, I decided to weld a cross member on the very back of the frame. Now that the back of the frame is solid, I was able to start welding in the final drive mounting plates. I only welded it enough to hold it in place. I am going to let it cool then do a test fit with the final drives and the differential. Once I know that it is in the right spot, I will finish welding them in and remove the piece of angle between the plates.

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Posted August 06, 2013 - 04:25 PM

Looking good.  :thumbs:


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Posted August 06, 2013 - 05:45 PM

Sounds like a good idea. Be sure to check square with the axle in there!


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Posted August 06, 2013 - 07:11 PM

Everything went together well on the test fit, so I decided to weld the rest of the plates in. I am about 85% done, but I had to let the garage air out before I could do anymore.

 

I am not sure how I did it, but when I made the notches for the final drive mounting plates a few weeks ago, I ended up making them to deep, and I ended up having a gap about a 1/4" wide.

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I remember seeing a video on youtube that Jody posted; he used a thick copper plate as a heat sink. Not only was it used as a heat sink, but he used it as a fence to keep the weld in place too! I have been looking for a piece of thick copper, but I have not found any thing. I thought that this wide gap, something like that would be perfect! So, I started thinking, and I remembered that I had a couple pieces of copper pipe I was going to scrap. This is what I made out of one of the pieces of pipe. Sorry for the blurry picture.

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I was skeptical about whether or not this improvised heat sink would work, but I decided to give it a try. The heat sink was clamped into this position.

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I was using a 1/8" 7018 to weld this, and the gap was just barely wide enough for the electrode with the flux to fit, so most of the time it was pointing right at the heat sink, and I ended up welding into the copper a little. I am sure that if I had a thick copper plate like you are supposed to use, it would have worked better. Never the less, I did get the gap welded, I think it took about 4 passes. The cover pass is not up to my standards, and I may put another one over top of it still.

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Posted August 06, 2013 - 07:31 PM

Grinder smooth. Looks good from my house. :smilewink:


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Posted August 07, 2013 - 01:06 PM

I was hoping that my step drill bit would come today, nope. Once I get the drill bit I can drill the hole for the front axle pivot pin and weld in the front piece of the frame. I got the rest of the main frame welded together this morning. I will go out soon and weld the mount on for the steering box bracket. I would have done it now, but I again need to let the garage air out.



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Posted August 07, 2013 - 02:47 PM

Ryan, that weld will hold just fine, but if you must make it pretty, then go ahead.  :smilewink:   I do understand that being you may go further into welding as a career that being particular is a must.  On my farm, that weld is a keeper though.


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Posted August 07, 2013 - 02:53 PM

Ryan, It's coming along nicely. I think your weld is just fine, but I would want to fill it also just for the looks of it.


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Posted August 07, 2013 - 03:08 PM

Sorry guys, I forgot to mention that last night I welded the other side. The other side I filled in more then this side, and I also put another pass over the one above.
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Posted August 07, 2013 - 03:26 PM

That weld looks a billion times better than some I have seen. More than aesthetics is how well it holds. Looks like it isn't going anywhere.


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