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Old 10-04-2014, 05:14 PM   #15
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welding

I forgot to say I see a lot of welding in someone's future.....
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Old 10-05-2014, 02:43 PM   #16
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That's a nice garden shed you got there.
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Old 10-05-2014, 03:17 PM   #17
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Very cool indeed. It definitely looks like a Hue Jass trailer.

Seriously though, keep up the great work. Can't wait to see the restoration / refurb photos as you proceed.
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Old 03-28-2015, 08:52 PM   #18
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It feels really good to get started!

Whilst I love researching and figuring stuff out, only actually assembling a project eclipses the day those lovely boxes of parts start arriving.... This week I received a 5000 Lb square jack that extends well over 30", a very heavy duty safety chain loop and a 2 5/16" Fulton coupler. Yup, square peg in a round hole but there is some logic to it all. I love the speed of the drop leg jacks and with a long trailer and a leaning towards provincial and state parks there's only so many blocks of wood a guy can use before it's just silly.

Next week the axles and brakes arrive and then it's time to fabricate all the steel pieces for the frame. I've spent a fair bit of time getting a rather large air compressor and drying system ready for plasma cutting and soda blasting so it's time for sparks to fly.
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Old 03-28-2015, 10:29 PM   #19
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Wow! I am in awe of you! Such a big project. This will be fun to watch. So unique.

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Old 03-31-2015, 08:32 PM   #20
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Thanks Susan; it's going to be just unique enough to for me. (Hopefully there'll be no purists running for the hills). I'm striving to retain what I believe to be the icon defining elements but I'm no stickler for keeping her original just for originalities sake.

Today was the first big shipment day. All 511 lbs !
I've gone with a weird suspension choice for sure. It appealed to me for a few reasons:
-Heavy duty 5200 lbs hardware spring rated to 3500 lbs
-Hub spaced 6 on 5 1/2" to keep stock looking rims*
-Replaceable rubber modules to keep a fresh ride without an axle swap
-No shock absorbers
-Uprated spindles to handle wider tires and/or gripper tires than they had in 1960
-Alternate bolt on spindle mounts allow a 4" lift if I ever want it
-Electric 6000 Lbs drum brakes (allows) for 50% of rating due to fade etc
-The price in Canadian dollars shipped was really good!

The brakes were a real quandary for me; I just didn't want the headaches, safety concerns or cost that I'd had with an electric over hydraulic disc set up. Plus with straight electric I can have a cheap inbuilt anti-sway module.

If I change my mind I can always take a step back and go with a more conventional design or add discs for that matter.

1st pic shows a nicely packaged tandem axle with brakes package and the second image is from the manufacturer and shows the main and preload spring.
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Old 05-01-2015, 07:46 PM   #21
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Big stuff

I was really excited to pick up the steel for the frame but it turned out to be less fun in reality. The cut pieces couldn't be safely loaded in my truck bed so everything went on the sketchy old chassis! Also, bear in mind the chassis is about 34 1/2' bumper to hitch and this stuff was hanging way out the back. I'm going to say there wasn't 15% tongue weight. For the curious I bought 1483 Lbs of steel and expect to use 1263 Lbs.

Next up is plasma cutting the outrigger profile, 18 times. This is all new to me so should be interesting.
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Old 05-01-2015, 08:49 PM   #22
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That's awesome! I'm looking forward to following this build. Did you get rid of the O'lander? Five years on from our restoration, I can finally imagine doing another one, but Mary would kill me if she knew I was even considering taking on another shell-off.

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I was really excited to pick up the steel for the frame but it turned out to be less fun in reality. The cut pieces couldn't be safely loaded in my truck bed so everything went on the sketchy old chassis! Also, bear in mind the chassis is about 34 1/2' bumper to hitch and this stuff was hanging way out the back. I'm going to say there wasn't 15% tongue weight. For the curious I bought 1483 Lbs of steel and expect to use 1263 Lbs.

Next up is plasma cutting the outrigger profile, 18 times. This is all new to me so should be interesting.
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Old 05-01-2015, 09:36 PM   #23
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Ah yes I sold the Overlander last year. With a little child to cater to I justified selling it and putting the money towards materials for the Sovereign which has bunk beds.

The twist is that the family I sold it too wanted bunk beds so we built them together and now the Overlander is great for a family and stayed local.

The second twist is that they have become good friends and the Sovereign chassis is being built out at their farm where there's a lot more space than I have in the city.

The key to a second project is buying a cheap (relatively) trailer and sneaking it home under the radar. Smaller would work better......
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Old 05-02-2015, 01:59 PM   #24
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Awesome can't wait to see the chassis come together.
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Old 05-14-2015, 04:08 PM   #25
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New PLAZMA Skills

Part of a hobby/ obsession like this is learning new stuff. Whilst I have never welded a thing in my life I am keen to try; just not on a big project like a gimungous trailer where mistakes could be serious. Instead my welding pro FIL will be unleashed next weekend. So I decided to get a little prep work underway and rented a Miller plazma cutter for the day. It's true love, this tiny machine is absolutely amazing! ($88 for the day).

I cut 18 pretty decent looking outriggers out and just need to clean them up ready for fitting up.

Looking at the pic they seem huge but are just 6" x 2" 11 Gauge box.
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Old 05-16-2015, 08:31 AM   #26
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Very impressive looking outriggers.
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Old 05-16-2015, 09:14 AM   #27
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Cool!
After the frame is done, use the scrap you cut off of those for practice and get your FIL to teach you how to weld. It takes a lot of practice to get really good at it, but the basics are not hard to learn and the skill is handy to have.
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Old 05-24-2015, 09:57 PM   #28
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1st weekend

We got stuck in this weekend and made some good progress. I even dabbled in a little light MIG work myself :-) (2 inches of bead).

It's all looking nice and plumb and most of the tube is in place awaiting a few angle crossmember towards the rear. Next up we'll tidy up and flip her the right way up and get the outriggers, suspension and coupler on.

I'm reusing the front hold down plate for posterity but unless I can be talked out of it I want to use a current narrow body Airstream bumper, it's nearly as tall as the 6" chassis, bolt on and shiny.

The eagle eyed observers may note that the front street side outrigger is missing on the old chassis. It actually just fell off as I towed the frame out to the farm which is reassuring considering it is a structural attach point for the shell.
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