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Old 01-26-2011, 03:27 PM   #43
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Angry Error!

Well after talking with West system, it seems I've made an error in my stain choice as the Minwax is an oil based stain that West System epoxy will not adhere to. Water based stains work fine as do some oil based stains, but not Minwax.
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Off to Sherwin Williams I go to have my water based stain mixed.
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Old 01-27-2011, 09:04 AM   #44
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Frame repair needed

Here are some pictures of the worst parts of the frame.

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So, I'm off to buy a welder and some metal.
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Hi Lance well now not only are you a card carrying member of the floor rot club but also a life time member of the frame rusting out organization. BTW memberships are now being accepted to the full monte club. The only dues are blood sweat and tears.

Are you planning to fab your own crossmembers and outriggers? If so might I suggest you beef them up with thicker steel and make them with wider flanges to attach the floor sheets and belly pan to.
Due think you can still make your March date for the repairs being done?
These trailers truly are an aluminium can of worms. Once you open them up it's amazing what you find.
Good luck my friend I'm watching and hopeing all goes well for you.
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Old 01-27-2011, 04:05 PM   #46
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Bought a welder at Killeen Welding and Supply and had some metal delivered. I should be ready to paint the repaired frame in a few days. I have more outriggers and crossmembers coming from Out of Doors Mart. It was nice the Army sent me to welding school for free back in the day.
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Old 01-27-2011, 09:47 PM   #47
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holy sheetmetal batman!!! you went all out on that gas mig welder!! don't want to rain on your campfire, but, and this only my opinion, i would have bought just the Lincoln flux core welder that runs on 110V. the reason being, that if you are outside welding and the wind is blowing, it distorts your gas shield and gives a crappy weld. plus, you don't have to lug a gas bottle around. just my preference, but what a sweet setup you bought.!!!
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Bruce,
Thanks for your opinion. The Hobart Handler 140 welder I got is 115V 20A flux core made by Miller. It was cheaper than the Lincoln of the same level. It comes with a gas regulator as standard equipment. The cylinder of gas was only another $85. I live in the 'burbs with houses shoehorned together with fences all around, so the wind isn't as much of a problem as it would be on the BWoodTX Ranch. I can always use the flux core wire if need be and lugging the cylinder around is good exercise.
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Thanks for your opinion. The Hobart Handler 140 welder I got is 115V 20A flux core made by Miller. It was cheaper than the Lincoln of the same level. It comes with a gas regulator as standard equipment. The cylinder of gas was only another $85. I live in the 'burbs with houses shoehorned together with fences all around, so the wind isn't as much of a problem as it would be on the BWoodTX Ranch. I can always use the flux core wire if need be and lugging the cylinder around is good exercise.
Get outta Town!!! ThAT is one sweet deal then-dual use!! I may have to run to Killeeen one day 'cause the Lincoln's here go for about $550.
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Old 01-28-2011, 07:52 PM   #51
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It was such a beautiful day today in Texas. It was 75 degrees this afternoon. I got the last chunk of floor removed and cleaned up the frame between the axles. I sprayed the Eastwood rust converter in the area between the axles. I have to wait 48 hours for it to dry completely before I spray the rust encapsulator. Then the top coat goes on. I cut two of the floor sections before it got dark. Now its time to apply the water based wood conditioner in preparation for the staining.
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Seperation H

Lance you asked for it and you got it.
I mail you a couple of tubes right away.
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Thanks Chris! Can't wait for it to show up. She needs it!
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Spent most of the day doing other things. It was HOT here today! Would you believe 84? The Eastwood rust converter got wet from the dew last night so ill have to reapply in a few areas. I have another down day tomorrow except for getting some metal and other supplies from Metals 4 U in San Antonio. I did manage to get two of the floor pieces stained with this Minwax water based stain this evening. Here's a pic.
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Frame repairs

If you look up to post #44 you'll see I need to make some frame repairs. I cut out the rear most cross member and spliced in a piece of 1 1/2X1 1/2 angle iron to reinforce it rear frame section. The new welder worked OK but not beautiful. Here are some pics of the results.
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I hope the weather gets betterer soon. I need to get this frame all prepped to apply the rust encapsulater and the Sherwin Williams Recoatable Epoxy Primer.
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Ordered new gray and black tanks from Ronco

Yesterday I managed to finally get my gray and black tanks on order from Ronco. I ordered three of their 17H 25 gallon tanks. I got the idea from bywaysteve's thread on his Ambassador. Thanks bywaysteve. Two gray one black. Their price just couldn't be beat. I sent my drawings to them depicting where I wanted the inlets and vents located. They promptly called me and we finalized everything. They said it would be 7 working days until they are ready to ship. I hope they are a good fit. I need to go to the local RV place and get all the plumbing I'll need for them on order.
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That'll give us 50 gallons of gray and 25 gallons of black.
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