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Old 08-28-2013, 08:15 PM   #1
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Frame construction

After removing the shell from our 67 Caravel I am stunned to see minor spot welds connecting the cross members?

Is this normal? Should I weld all the joints? Gusset?

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Old 08-28-2013, 08:16 PM   #2
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There are button welds tacked in at the key spots that get the job done correctly...

Remember the design can be thought of as a live frame, it wrestles with the stiff shell but can never 'win' --- also with thinner gauge stampings those outriggers and spars are amazingly breakaway to self-sacrifice their shape instead of tearing & creasing shell aluminum or shattering plywood. I had two pretzeled outriggers, folded up and twisted without damage to the plywood or c-channel...
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Old 08-29-2013, 11:41 AM   #4
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Thanks for the tip on the frame. Now it makes total sense. Here I was about to make the frame as stiff as an old British sports car.
Now to make a place for a water tank and a place for the spare tire.

Note that we took the windows out before taking the shell off.
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