Discussion in 'Builds and Fabricators Forum' started by ITLKSEZ, Aug 20, 2015.
I cut up some old U-bolts to make some stiffeners/safety chain hooks/rock catchers.
Decisions were made on a frame color. I decided to go med/dark gray (Rustoleum Massey Ferguson implement gray with hardener) on the frame, frame brackets and steering box. I’ll go with a lighter gray for the cage.
I typically dread that part of a project. That’s usually when I find a weld I missed or an ugly grinding facet. On the other hand, paint also means that assembly comes next. Looks great!
Me too. It’s the main reason I’m using a paint that is easy to touch up. I’ve already found a few uglies.
I had a sub frame that I made on my tent trailer dip galvanized. Worked very well...
But did add some weight to the frame...
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I used his paint on my trailer, he has a hardener that will make it shine.
the trailer or fenders?
Trailer. He only has the Strata blue, which was not dark enough.
Flipped the frame this morning to do the other side, plus some other small parts and the gas tank.
Even with the hardener, this will still take forever to cure. I have some fall house projects I need to catch up on, so I’ve got time to just let it sit.
So glad this part is behind me.
I see you use the same cherry-picker keeper-upper device that I do
That trailer is beautiful
I like repurposing ubolts. I stop by the spring shop near me from time to time and grab a few cutoffs from heavy trucks. I like using the Mack Camelback style ones for pull rope attachments.
I put it through the front of the tube and I drill a 1 inch hole for each leg in the back of the tube, weld front, plug weld rear and Voila, I start speaking French, or something.
Sometimes you just need to walk away.
I’m taking my time, doing this frame assembly with as much patience as I can muster. I installed the brake lines with little insulated P clips that are drilled and tapped into the frame.
I had a few zip ties holding the lines together while they were off the frame. I was (wrongly) using a wire crimper to cut the zip ties off, when I cut through one of the long lines.
Doh!!!, deep breaths, deep breaths
I hate brain farts like that.
Nice looking work though, except for the cut.
Might as well go all the way...
Photographic evidence that it can happen to the best of us! Feeling a whole lot better about myself now.
If it wasn’t right on the corner, I’d consider adding two flares and a union.
Trying to look at the bright side - I was going to have to buy another roll of this tubing just to finish the little sections on the rear axle; at least now the purchase is more justified.
For anyone who’s never worked with nicopp tubing before, use caution. This stuff is soft!
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