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Question bout shortening my car hauler

Discussion in 'Builds and Fabricators Forum' started by DanStew, Feb 6, 2005.

  1. Feb 6, 2005
    DanStew

    DanStew Incorrigible. Staff Member

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    I have to take 4 feet off my car hauler. A section of the tubing is bulging out the sides and i am afraid something very heavy was put on the trailer at that point and damaged the frame tubing. All the other tubing is in good shape. So what i want to do is cut the tubing from right behind the front crossmember and then weld it back 4 feet back. I will also move the bottom "V" portion of the trailer back also. My question is will jsut straight butt style welding it will work?? Originally the front of the box frame, the square tubing was cut at 45 degree angles and welded together. I want to just cut before the crossmember and weld it back ad a 90 degree angle. Sounds confusing I know. I just want to make sure if i weld like this it will be strong enough, i didnt know of the 45 degree cut was done like that for strength or for looks. What do you guys think?? I can also plate the area i reweld so i get some more strength. Or am i overthinking this??

    here is a pick of how much i want to remove.

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  2. Feb 6, 2005
    littlewolf

    littlewolf New Member

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    Take out the section ,put in a new front cross member, and reatach the tongue section. add plate to what ever parts you want to strenghten. if you butt weld i would definatly add plate to it.
     
  3. Feb 6, 2005
    Tumbleweed

    Tumbleweed Senior member

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    Dan, if you can-fishmouth the plates; gives you more weld area. And it won't leave a completely vertical weld to crack.

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  4. Feb 6, 2005
    DanStew

    DanStew Incorrigible. Staff Member

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    OK. Thanks Guys. Looks like i will be cutting it apart tomorrow and doing this. I really need to do this quick so i can have it doen so i can get back to doing my waggie axle install :)
     
  5. Feb 7, 2005
    lynn

    lynn Time machine / Early CJ5 HR Rep Staff Member

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    Pics Dan, take progress pics... :)
     

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