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Old 05-16-2012, 02:47 AM   #813
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So, the battery tray is now coming together..

I realized that I needed to get brutal with it, as the whole lower edge of the back was was rusted and thin. I also found a lot of rust thinning in the joints.
I tried to cut out about 2" and butt weld a new, deeper piece of 18gauge in to start with, but the heat from the welding distorted the back wall.

Plan B began and will result in a much stronger job, but its gonna be heavier.
I cannot afford for this to fail, so its gonna be beefy!

Back wall gone...


1" angle added.


Back wall frame tacked in place, with 1" square tube..
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Old 05-16-2012, 08:43 PM   #814
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Boxed it in...






Tricky stuff... butt welding 18g steel... not really pretty, but strong methinks!



Hope to get it paneled in tomorrow...
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Old 05-16-2012, 09:28 PM   #815
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Boxed it in...

Tricky stuff... butt welding 18g steel... not really pretty, but strong methinks!

Hope to get it paneled in tomorrow...
Very nice! Let me schedule an appt for you to weld new bottoms on two of my bins!
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Old 05-17-2012, 02:59 AM   #816
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Thanks Dean,
Need to refine my skills a little more yet!
The Mig welder I have is doing good, and using 0.23 wire, it seems to do a great job once I got it dialed in. On that edge weld, I had to pulse weld it, as anything more than 2 sec bursts, and it would burn thru. I have some holes still to fill in looking at it from the back side.
I need to get the tray back in this weekend, so I can get the motorhome up and running ready to move in the next 2 weeks, so I am just gonna get it done and wrap it up with paint etc later.
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Old 05-17-2012, 08:08 PM   #817
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More progress....

Tried the Batteries in...
Check this out.....

X2...


X6...


Flipped it around, but if I was to relocate the Chassis Batter, I "Could" fit 8 in there!


Against the Golf Cart units, the Chassis battery looks lost!


I knew i would need to brace the floor, and for now, I went with a 1" square tube beneath the floor....




I angled the underside ends just in case they snag..


Getting this welder dialed now... sometimes!



Put the wiring back in, and the earth strap...


Decide to put a captive nut on the earth strap..
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Old 05-21-2012, 02:17 PM   #818
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Keyair -
You are such an inspiration. You are so diligent documenting all of this restoration, you should really think about putting this together in an ebook and selling it on Amazon. (I wrote a book about my trip in an Airstream and it made it up to a rank of 9000! Not too bad for a goofy book on RVing: "How NOT to RV: RVs and RVing in the Absurd").

if you want to know how to do it, just ask.

Thanks so much for your thorough help and good nature in doing this. I'm hoping you'll let us stop by in our 1986 345 MH and visit and see your rig if we head that way down to Mexico in the winter.

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Old 05-21-2012, 06:40 PM   #819
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Well, Thanks Jennifer!
I dont know about a book... I may never finish it completely, but thanks for the complements!

Further updates coming right up!
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Old 05-21-2012, 06:56 PM   #820
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Ran out of Co2/Argon Mix gas, so had to wait to finish the floor.

Pretty much done now...




Decided to strip the front face ready to polish...
Dindnt want to be using paint stripper once I am into the primer and Bedliner...






Once again, I find that the lower side panels are T6061 T6 Aluminum..
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Of course you'll never finish it

I never finish anything I'm writing either. Sometimes it's just an arbitrary judgment ... or limited by time or money or lifespan; you know, some pesky consideration.
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Old 05-22-2012, 07:32 PM   #822
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Sent you a PM Jennifer.

Finished the polishing and its good to go.
More info over in my Plishing the M/H thread, but here is the result.

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Impressive results - very inspiring
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Thanks!

So, I decided to finish off the drawer with a 1" angle across the top of the slide. This will conect the top and bottom of the drawer and make it plenty strong enough I think.

Also welded a 7/16" nuts in 4 places along the centerline for battery hold-down.





I then spent a couple of hours grinding the rough edges and prepping for primer.



Exterior primed!

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