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Old 05-19-2020, 05:28 AM   #1
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1961 Flying Cloud Frame fabrication and replacement

I am in the process of refurbishing a 1961 Flying Cloud. It had decent bones to work with when I bought it but was in need of a complete new running gear and frame. It was a project for sure!!!!
I decided to build a new chassis myself and wanted to upgrade it to a new Dexter axle and 5Ē C-channel while I was at it.
In the process I used (3) 24 foot sticks of 2x5 1/8 wall and (3) 20 foot sticks of 5Ē C-channel along with 1/4 plate, 14 and 16 gauge plate, 1 1/2x1 1/2X1/4 angle, and a few other odd and ends laying around.
This is what I started with.....stay tooned!!!!
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Old 05-19-2020, 05:37 AM   #2
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Making big pieces out of little pieces!!!
Starting with the rear, finding square and level, I fabricated the axle mounting plates and shock locator.
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Old 05-19-2020, 05:47 AM   #3
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For the crossmembers, I made an end template to plasma cut them to fit into the C-channel and cut guide for the lightening holes.
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Old 05-19-2020, 05:51 AM   #4
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A few more crossmember pics
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Old 05-19-2020, 05:52 AM   #5
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Looks really good. Starting with a great foundation is the way to go. Good luck and keep us posted.
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Old 05-19-2020, 07:06 AM   #6
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For the outriggers, I used the same template process as with the crossmembers.
I added some 16 gauge plate over the step opening to keep the road grime and moisture off the plywood in that area.
Mockup started for tank, toilet, and shower placement. I will have to add the rear outriggers in this area after the shell is back on.
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Old 05-19-2020, 07:30 AM   #7
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Looks great! Nice work. Thanks for showing and keep posting!
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Old 05-19-2020, 08:20 AM   #8
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Moving onto the front I upgraded to a 2 5/16 coupler.
The forward outriggers are 1 1/2 angle and the lower tongue plate is 1/8.
The forward and aft mount plate is 14 gauge.
Also added in the mix is a receiver hitch for a future bike rack/Honda Trail 70 and stabilizer mounts.
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Old 05-19-2020, 09:39 AM   #9
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Wow! Very very nice work! I wish I was talented instead of being so durned handsome! Oh, well!
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Old 05-19-2020, 12:24 PM   #10
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YOU ARE VERY SKILLED !! 6 yrs ago I did a complete skin off resto on my 1936 which had the original PIPE frame. My only skill was writing oodles of checks to get it finished.
best money I've ever spent !!!! And my 1936 is not a garage queen. Every year we venture to other states and up into Canada. Even had the restorer put in a small standup shower. Standup is the key word here because if you drop the soap you'd better be able to
do a full knee bend !!
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Old 05-19-2020, 01:07 PM   #11
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Gettin good help is worth its weight in gold!
Lightening up the load for the shell swap.
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Old 05-19-2020, 02:04 PM   #12
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Sorry for all the directional pictures. They are all in the right direction in my electronic device before I post them.
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Old 05-19-2020, 02:11 PM   #13
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Bracing up the shell before I start begging for help!
Added some temporary floor support. I will be adding grey and fresh tanks at a later date once the Black tank is located and secured.
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Old 05-19-2020, 03:42 PM   #14
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The help has arrived!!! Now for the floor, tank install, and belly.
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Old 05-19-2020, 03:46 PM   #15
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This is the chassis that was hiding under the floor and was replaced. Stay tooned.....
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Old 05-19-2020, 06:02 PM   #16
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RollFast, youíre doing a great job.
Off subject, if you want your 61 FC noted on Captain Jonesí Flying Cloud registry, please let me know and Iíll list it. The Registry goes from 1950 FCs through 1963. Itís a good way to keep up with those who have the same year/model. There are only four 1963s listed.
Keep up the superb progress. Take care
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Old 05-19-2020, 06:14 PM   #17
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Great job! I'm enjoying all the information you are sharing. I can't wait to see the finished product.
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Old 05-19-2020, 11:11 PM   #18
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interesting how you didn’t use a gantry Friends are good for something.
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interesting how you didnít use a gantry Friends are good for something.
Which costs more? Lumber or beer?
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Old 05-21-2020, 08:29 AM   #20
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Let the noise begin......
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