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Posted October 18, 2011 - 04:09 AM

Ray, definitely go with the diamond tread or something equally anti-skid. If you step off the Forklift onto a wet smooth steel, you'll do split on that fender that would make a cheerleader jealous. Safety First. LOL



And besides which,I wouldn't want to see you dent those fenders.:D:D:D:D:D
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Posted October 18, 2011 - 11:02 AM

You guys are all thinking along the same lines that I have been.
The piece of diamond plate that I have is about 12 x 40 inch and I'm thinking of just making pads out of it and mount them onto the fender.

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Posted October 18, 2011 - 11:21 AM

You guys are all thinking along the same lines that I have been.
The piece of diamond plate that I have is about 12 x 40 inch and I'm thinking of just making pads out of it and mount them onto the fender.


So will the pads be 12 x 20 or 6 x 40? Or are you going to try to make them some other size?
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Posted October 18, 2011 - 11:42 AM

Smart people are the only ones that ever change there mind. Stop and think What If we never did. Good job Ray keep up the good work we love it, With all the pictures.
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Posted October 18, 2011 - 12:50 PM

So will the pads be 12 x 20 or 6 x 40? Or are you going to try to make them some other size?

The top of the fenders are about 10 wide so I have to work within that width.
I'm also probably going to want to put some of the diamond plate on the part of the frame that sticks out at the bottom of the fender for a step.
And then maybe put another piece half way between that step and the top of the fender for another step.
One thing for sure is that piece of diamond plate is going to get used up completely.

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Posted October 18, 2011 - 01:16 PM

The top of the fenders are about 10 wide so I have to work within that width.
I'm also probably going to want to put some of the diamond plate on the part of the frame that sticks out at the bottom of the fender for a step.
And then maybe put another piece half way between that step and the top of the fender for another step.
One thing for sure is that piece of diamond plate is going to get used up completely.


Sounds like it won't last long.
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Posted October 18, 2011 - 03:39 PM

The fender on the other side is finished up to where it matches the first fender.

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I've decided to go with smooth fender tops and put on step plates made from the diamond plate that I have.
I cut the curved sides off the metal that was the top of the horse trailer.
This leaves me with a nice flat piece to cut the top fender sections from.

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This is the one of the sections for the top of the fender.
One edge is bent to form a lip at 90 degrees.
The other edge is bent to form a rolled edge to match the rolled edge on the original fender ends,

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The top section is welded in place on one of the fenders.

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Posted October 18, 2011 - 04:31 PM

That looks great Ray.
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Posted October 19, 2011 - 05:14 PM

Those fenders are really shaping up.
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Posted October 19, 2011 - 07:49 PM

Ray just think it won't be long before the test run. LOOKING GOOD
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Posted October 26, 2011 - 05:26 PM

I noticed that some of the nuts on the axle mounting U-bolts were rusted badly.
Scrounging thru my supply of U-bolts, I found two matching sets that were the right diameter and the right length but were a half inch wider.
I removed the old U-bolts and mounted up the new ones with a piece of 1/4 inch flat steel on each side of the axle to take up the space.
The original mounting pads had slotted holes so the wider U-bolts still fit thru them.
I went ahead and reused the old pads along with the new pads for extra strength.

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After bending one of the old U-bolts a little, I welded it to the trailer tongue.
This can be used to hook a com-along or a tie down chain to.
One of these old U-bolts will also be welded to each side of the frame behind the fenders for use as tie down hooks.

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Because I'm going to make this trailer more useable as a utility trailer, I've decided to go ahead and extend the front of the deck so I took it out to where the front of the old horse trailer was on the tongue.

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I've also decided to inclose it in some so I built a frame work around the front out of 2 inch square tube and 2 inch angle iron.

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There are two sections of angle iron supporting the center of the crossbar.
This will be left open between them for access to the hook on the tongue.

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The ends of the upper square tube on the top of the fenders also have a hook built into them for tying stuff down.

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The sides are being filled in front of the fenders with rest of the metal left over from the center piece from the top of the horse trailer.

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Here's how they look on the inside.

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I need to close in the front with some flat metal but the only metal that is left from the top of the trailer are the two curved sides.

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The good thing about a sheet metal roller is that it will not only roll a curve into a piece of metal, it will also roll a curve out of a piece of metal.

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This is one of the pieces to close in the front.
A lip is bent on the top and bottom edge.
The top edge is bent forward to fit up under the square tube and the bottom lip is bent backward to fit under the deck boards.
The outside edge is also bent back to go around the upright corner post and fit over the leading edge of the side panel.

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Here is how the panel looks fastened in place.

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I put the tires back on and took it outside to get some shots of how it looks so far.
This gives me a deck area that is 5 foot wide by 9-1/2 foot long.

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Posted October 26, 2011 - 05:37 PM

Looks great Ray. I like the idea of the anchor point up front. The sides look great, but how does the forklift fit on the trailer, forwards or backwards??

Also, are you going to use decking boards or treated plywood for the flooring?
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Posted October 26, 2011 - 05:42 PM

Ok, another question and I don't feel like editing lol.

Did you tack weld your U bolt spacers to the axle to prevent the possibility of them trying to get out??
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Posted October 26, 2011 - 05:42 PM

Great job, Ray. It's coming along nicely. Glad you thought to add the tie downs as you went along. Those will come in very handy with different loads. Thanks for the very informative posts.
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Posted October 26, 2011 - 05:49 PM

Looking good
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