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#1 AV430 OFFLINE  

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Posted November 01, 2011 - 09:14 PM

I bought an 80 cart a while back that was in very rough condition. In my area you just don't see these carts that often so after talking with the PO on the phone as to the condition of the cart (tailgate? rear box bracing? missing parts?)I bought it over the phone only having seen a bad CL pic. Upon my arrival I found that the cart was in much worse shape than the owner described and was a bit angry I drove the 60 miles one way. I re-negotiated a price that was still to much considering the condition but drug it home anyway.
The rear bracing on the box was completely gone so I took the box over to a local welding shop a had them cut all the old bracing off and weld on new. I picked it up about a week later and was disappointed in the welding they had done. The box is now very strong but the welds were not pretty and the guy went nuts with the grinder. (I have to get a welder soon!)
While the welding shop "practiced" on my cart's box, I started on the tail gate.
Using a cut off wheel I cut the old tailgate apart to save only the back top panel to act as the new "hinge" for the new tailgate. I bought a nice piece of treadplate and began mocking up the new gate.
Every piece that I could fit in the large blasting cabinet at work was taken down to bare metal and coated with several coats of rust converter.
I am convinced that this cart must have seen some commercial use since some of the parts were totally worn out. I had to completely make a new latch bolt for the box and I made a striker plate since the hole for the bolt was completely elongated.
There are a lot of details that are just to much to write up but I am pretty happy with how it turned out. Even though the metal was heavily pitted in a lot of areas, this will be a worker cart so I am not concerned with it. Everything is very solid still so it should last me another 30 years. I am just happy to have saved another 80 cart from the grave. Adam

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Posted November 01, 2011 - 09:23 PM

Nice job, and a good save. By the looks of the tail gate in your second image it must have hauled some pretty caustic stuff in its former life.

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Posted November 01, 2011 - 09:27 PM

Considering the circumstances you were faced with, I would say that you did the absolute best you could, and have given that cart a new life where it will be respected. Great job on the rebuild.

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Posted November 01, 2011 - 09:29 PM

I'm sure it's thankful that someone gave it a new lease on life. Looks like it will serve you well for years to come. :thumbs:

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Posted November 01, 2011 - 09:49 PM

Very nice job on the refurb! It looks great...may not be "original", but it looks great to me! Nice save!

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Posted November 02, 2011 - 06:15 AM

That turned out looking nice. Great job on the save!

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Posted November 02, 2011 - 08:02 AM

Wow! that looks great. That JD tractor in front of it looks pretty special too!

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Posted November 02, 2011 - 08:17 AM

The end result is beautiful! Nice job!

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Posted November 02, 2011 - 10:31 AM

You did a nice job on the cart.

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Posted November 03, 2011 - 09:46 AM

Great job on the 80, and that's a good looking 140. What kind/size are those front tires?

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Posted November 03, 2011 - 11:15 AM

Super rebuild on the trailer. I like the HDuty design of the upper rails.

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Posted November 03, 2011 - 02:40 PM

That's a fine looking cart. That top rail design is something I've never seen before. Simple, very strong and the easiest way to make a top swinging tailgate that I've seen. It's a very smart design and you have brought it back to be a very nice worker for you.

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Posted November 03, 2011 - 09:27 PM

Thanks guys for all the compliments!

sgtrock1976, I bought these from Morrow Tire Supply which has an online store on that auction site. They are Deestone tires TWO New 4.00-8 Tri-rib 3 Rib Front Tires & Tubes 4 ply for $54. I think it is a great deal and these tires perform and look incredable. I run the same tire on my 317 and just love the tire. You can mount these tires on standard 8' wheels as long as you use tubes. Adam

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