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Old 02-21-2011, 08:22 PM   #57
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Wow, very nice pics and great craftsmanship on your Part!
Thanks! Just dropped off the frame at the welders place hopefully it will be done by weeks end!
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Old 02-22-2011, 09:48 PM   #58
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Ok now we are getting somewere!

Today has been productive. I got the rear section in place and welded! Im so stoked! Looks really good, now just a a bit more welding. Thanks to Mike the welder!
Oh and when painting with POR 15 make sure not to get the clean up water on your hands. My hands look pretty disgusting!! I even wore gloves!!
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Old 02-23-2011, 10:04 AM   #59
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Frame ?

Is there a reason (other than potential costs) that people don't just find a used all aluminum boat trailer and just make an eternity AS?

I have also cheeked out the websites of a couple of fabricators and a new one is not all that bad.
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Old 02-23-2011, 10:32 AM   #60
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Is there a reason (other than potential costs) that people don't just find a used all aluminum boat trailer and just make an eternity AS?

I have also cheeked out the websites of a couple of fabricators and a new one is not all that bad.
As for the cost of my situation, it is only costing me $500 including material. The cost of a new frame is between $2000-$5000 (Dexter). I also believe in recycling, my frame was in decent shape.
As for Aluminum, I think Airstream tried it and abandon the idea.
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Old 03-07-2011, 11:58 PM   #61
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More progerss today. Had some more channel fabricated and bought some more metal. Still waiting on my mig welder I bought to complete the frame welding. But the set up and metal cutting take a lot of time. Oh and bonus, got my wheels today!
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Old 03-08-2011, 11:55 PM   #62
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Thumbs up Starting to look like a frame again!

Got a little more frame metal cut and dry fit today. Hope to get it all done before my welder gets here. As you can see in the pictures, the rear end supports were missing. I had to figure out where the rear support was by lining up the channel and the holes in the floor. PITA!!! Next step is to pick up my tanks and build the brackets....
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Old 03-09-2011, 08:29 AM   #63
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Nice work, I gotta learn how to weld....
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Old 03-09-2011, 10:07 AM   #64
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Nice work, I gotta learn how to weld....
Thanks Hoot! I defiantly recommend learning how to weld. It isn't as hard as it seems. There are some basics to know, but if you have good building skill and great tools its actually pretty fun. As a kid I grew up across the street from this guy named Bill Rice. He use to build classic cars from the suspension up. I was fascinated with his work and always wanted to do what he did. Now he builds Top Fuel NHRA Drag engines. Someday maybe, but learning to weld is a must for me. And anyone who does restoration is really in it for the cool tools!!
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Old 03-09-2011, 10:27 AM   #65
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Nice looking wheels!
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Old 03-09-2011, 01:41 PM   #66
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Thanks T I got them from Trailer Tires and Wheels - trailer tires, boat trailer tires, trailer wheels, boat trailer wheels, aluminum trailer wheels They have the best prices.
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Old 03-14-2011, 11:07 AM   #67
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Javier, I like those wheels. They are very close to what I have. Kenny
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Thanks Kenny, you should come and check out the frame progress. More frame pics and trying out metal break. Fabricating is extremely tedious
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What is the orange machine?

Great progress on your frame. Just curious, what is the orange thing in the last picture?
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Great progress on your frame. Just curious, what is the orange thing in the last picture?
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Hi Sandy, that is a 36" metal break. I have to replace most of the "C" channel that holds the shell to the frame/floor. Its a great tool if you need to bend sheet metal. I picked it up cheep on ebay
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