Building A New Frame From Scratch...
Posted May 05, 2014 - 08:46 AM
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- hamman said thank you
Posted May 05, 2014 - 10:04 AM
Think I would stay round. Do those rails come out of the rear casings? Just pull and put in longer? I don't know at all. Just weld onto the existing with extensions? Maybe make a smaller tube inside to beef up joint. Square don't think any stonger, but easier to mount stuff I guess, just wouldn't look right to me anyway.
Posted May 05, 2014 - 12:03 PM
I work in metal fab so if I was gonna do a similar project I would probably build a new tube frame from scratch, but I have access to tools an average home builder might not, for most others I would probably recommend building a c-channel box frame because its so much easier to work with and bolt things onto.
Adding to an existing tube frame is rarely a good plan unless its a light duty application because the joint between new and old is not flexable like the rest of the frame and creates a weak point, and if it does break it will be on the old metal side of the joint.
- propane1 said thank you
Posted May 05, 2014 - 03:41 PM
I have a T102 Copar Panzer that I found a wide front end kit for a year or so ago.. I believe the pipes are only 2 1/2" round pipe about 3/16th of an inch thick. I have a 23 hp Mitsubishi 3 cylinder diesel that I plan on putting in it as soon as I find a transmission that will work and the time and energy to do it. I plan on using two 2 1/2" square 1/4" wall tubing starting off 5' long and cutting off what I don't need.
Posted May 07, 2014 - 06:13 AM
I got a great deal on a scrap piece of 2" x 3" x 3/16" tubing that was left over from a coworker's trailer project. For $20 I have enough to build the 2 frame rails! Sweet.
- GTTinkerer said thank you