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Old 01-26-2011, 09:24 PM   #41
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Hey guys I work a bit here and there. I should post more, but you know.... I am still a bit shaky on my welding so I am going to take a private lesson to get it down. Once the frame is done, things should really pick up. I had an engineer/ pro welder client come out to give me advice on how to "scab" the back of the trailer together. I will post detailed pics as soon as I get to that point (probably in the next few weeks) so stay tuned!!
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Old 01-26-2011, 10:23 PM   #42
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Nice father son project too! I wish I could weld... maybe my daughter will pick it up and rescue me..
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Old 01-27-2011, 08:30 AM   #43
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Great pictures.
Good to see someone is still making progress during the winter.
Here in Utah I'm shut down for the winter.

Oh well... it's ski season !!
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Old 01-27-2011, 09:52 AM   #44
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"Nice father son project too! I wish I could weld... maybe my daughter will pick it up and rescue me..
Marc"

Haha I wish my daughters were interested in anything I do, except paying for stuff.

"Great pictures.
Good to see somene is still making progress during the winter.
Here in Utah I'm shut down for the winter.

Oh well... it's ski season !!
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I wish I had time to get up to the snow I need to get on my board! never been to Utah but I hear it is pretty great. I am trying to utilize all the great weather I can. I do not want to be doing the dirty work i the dead of summer!!
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Old 01-27-2011, 10:00 AM   #45
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Hi, Javier! Good to see it's moving along again. Like Wasagachris, I'm jealous of the weather you get this time of year. No outdoor welding going on here, unless the welder is dressed like a deep-sea diver!

Great to have a helper too, huh?
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Old 01-30-2011, 09:30 PM   #46
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Whats up Aage, yep our weather is pretty great. Hopefully I will be getting to the frame welding next week. i am to going take a more tec welding class on Tues and pick up some frame metal.
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Wow, you're learning welding? Toadly cool. I've hear that it's more complex a skill than you would think. I guess that's why welders are so well paid!

Can't wait to hear how that goes, keep us informed, OK?
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Wow, you're learning welding? Toady cool. I've hear that it's more complex a skill than you would think. I guess that's why welders are so well paid

Can't wait to hear how that goes, keep us informed, OK?
Yes it is Way more complicated than you think. Gas is prettier than flux, but flux is better for rust dirt and windy outdoor welding. Machines vary greatly etc. But mostly you need to get time in ergo practice practice practice.
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Ok made a bit of proggress today. I have a solution for fixing the rear section of my trailer frame. Basically this:
1) Cut the rear section off at a 40Degree angle
2) Cut fabricated "U" Channel at 40 Degree angle and splice in to rear section
3) Box splice section with 1 1/2 foot piece of "U" channel
4) Beef up splice section with 2 plates of 10 gauge steel plate and bolt togeather.
5) Weld it up
Lining it up was a major PITA tomorrow I will finish up and drill the holes for the bolts.
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Old 02-13-2011, 08:16 PM   #50
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Nice patch in plan. You're doing great. One thing I've learned is to jig things together to keep them from twisting while you weld them up. The heat can make thin steel do some funky twisting. I'm always learning.
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Hey Marzboy great job. What is that shiney thing putting a bright light all over everything. If I remember it's the sun. Could you post a pic so we can have a look at it. I havn't seen it in so long now I forget what it looks like.
One thing I learned from watching and listening to my welder friend is to stitch weld in those plates. A lot less heat and less warpage and he says that a stitch weld is actually stonger.
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Hi Lance, yes metal has a funny way of moving and tweaking when heat is applied. I am dry fitting everything so the pics I snapped are temp bracing. I am going to tack weld some angle iron to keep the back from tweaking.
Chris, thats why I live in L.A. I think I would be on anti depressants if I lived anywhere else. But you will be happy to know that it is going to rain today and tomorrow.
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Heres the bolted version of the frame repair. Gotta finish the rest before the rain comes in. CRAP!!!
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What's that song about it "never rains in Southern California" about then?
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Uh at least it stops.
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Wow, very nice pics and great craftsmanship on your Part!
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Wow, very nice pics and great craftsmanship on your Part!
Thanks! Just dropped off the frame at the welders place hopefully it will be done by weeks end!
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Old 02-22-2011, 08:48 PM   #58
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Ok now we are getting somewere!

Today has been productive. I got the rear section in place and welded! Im so stoked! Looks really good, now just a a bit more welding. Thanks to Mike the welder!
Oh and when painting with POR 15 make sure not to get the clean up water on your hands. My hands look pretty disgusting!! I even wore gloves!!
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Frame ?

Is there a reason (other than potential costs) that people don't just find a used all aluminum boat trailer and just make an eternity AS?

I have also cheeked out the websites of a couple of fabricators and a new one is not all that bad.
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Is there a reason (other than potential costs) that people don't just find a used all aluminum boat trailer and just make an eternity AS?

I have also cheeked out the websites of a couple of fabricators and a new one is not all that bad.
As for the cost of my situation, it is only costing me $500 including material. The cost of a new frame is between $2000-$5000 (Dexter). I also believe in recycling, my frame was in decent shape.
As for Aluminum, I think Airstream tried it and abandon the idea.
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