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Old 07-18-2004, 03:17 PM   #15
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We are bracing it like seen in the photos to the ribs in 4 places, the 2x4's attacthed to them are level with the outer-skin panels in those places, we plan to lift up the shell, and place a pair of 2x8's in the rear and front just under the ends of the 2x4's. There are 2 2x6's that will be attatched along each cross brace setup, and attatched using screws. This should strengthen the center, allowing us to lift, and rest the entire shell by only the front and back. This is because these are the only places that we can have a board protrude all the way through the shell and out both sides. I'll take a few pictures of what we have so far so you can have an idea of what we are doing...should be up in a few minutes with pics.
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Old 07-18-2004, 03:35 PM   #16
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The 2x6's are just resting there, the 3 other x-braces are going to get the same vertical 2x4's the front did, we are going to do the rear one first, screw the 2x6 up, the put the center 2 2x4's up, assuring alignment, then screw it all together. We are going to cut holes in the floor to allow the rear 2 2x4's to drop below the level of the floor, to the same level as the enge of the skin. We will then jack it up with a crow bar, and stick a piece of wood under it to hold it above the floor. With this, the shell should be detatched from the frame. At that point, we will decide how we plan to lift the shell the rest of the way that it needs to be lifted to get it up on the saw horses we are building right now.
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Old 07-20-2004, 08:30 PM   #17
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I have an update on the project in another thread... here's the link.
http://www.airforums.com/forum...ad.php?t=12318
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Old 09-20-2004, 06:52 PM   #18
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Okay, here's a summary of what has been happening: The frame additions are mostly welded up, all pieces are atleast tack welded to the frame, awaiting a finishing bead! One tank frame is done with the tank sitting in it, held in place with clamps for a mock fitting. The second one (almost identical) is hopefully going to be welded up this weekend. I am sanding/grinding/pressure washing/wire-wheeling/strippiong the frame in preparation of a coat of POR-15. I am going to concentrate on the exposed ares this weekend to get them down to a surface that is smooth enough for my liking. things have been slow with the trailer because so many other things have been happening on the weekends with rallies, holidays, etc...
I hope to have pictures up on here in the next few days of the progress!
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Old 09-20-2004, 07:27 PM   #19
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here's a start!!! This is the beginning of the welding process after we took off the original lower piece of metal and added a slightly taller piece to cover for the additional depth of the new tanks.

Here's a test fitting of the new 35 gallon tanks in the outer frame we made for the tanks, which will be concealed in a sheet metal box and insulated.

Here's the old tank with the new tank... 17 gallon vs. 35 gallon!!!

marking and cutting the galvanized sheetmetal for the tank enclosure...

Here's the metal all cut, folded and riveted and sitting inside the outer frame...

Mock up of the rear tank location... held in by clamps.



measuring and cutting the frame stiffeners that also extend the belly of the trailer to enclose the tanks...

Tank inside the tank enclosure, mocked up in the frame... notice the frame is tacked up all the way to the rear axle now...



More to come this week, these are all a few weeks old...
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Old 09-21-2004, 11:09 PM   #20
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okay, i'm going to have to find a new host for the pictures... give me a few days
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Old 09-22-2004, 10:47 AM   #21
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What are the dimensions on that 35 gal tank?
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Old 09-23-2004, 11:14 PM   #22
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Here's the dimensions...and the website...
http://www.tank-depot.com/id/85468/group/300/dept/69/
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Old 09-23-2004, 11:15 PM   #23
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Sorry everyone, I have had absolutely no time to get on here and get the pictures up... i am hoping to get some up at the end of the weekend! Sorry, Chad
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Old 11-23-2004, 11:19 PM   #24
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The sky is falling!!! Or maybe it's just the shell being lowered back onto the completed floor.... YAY, i really will try to get pictures up soon, also all the ones I had in the first portion of this have seemed to disappear...hmmm, picture hosting problems i see...
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