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Trailer for a diesel welder
« on: November 22, 2010, 02:59:19 PM »
My boss has been borrowing this gas powered welder for years from another shop to get field jobs done.  It was time to make one of our own.  He made the trailer before I got back to working with him, so no pics of the build.  I did get pics of the coupler we whipped up for it.
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Trailer for a diesel welder
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Re: Trailer for a diesel welder
« Reply #1 on: November 22, 2010, 03:03:51 PM »
That is  a standard 3/8" craftsman  ratchet to show scale.  More pics just because you asked.  We used 1 inch and 3/4" stock welded with 7018 rods.

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Re: Trailer for a diesel welder
« Reply #2 on: November 22, 2010, 03:46:34 PM »
Is that a Lincoln Pipeliner welder under that tarp?

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Re: Trailer for a diesel welder
« Reply #3 on: November 22, 2010, 08:08:33 PM »
It is a 30 plus year old Lincoln with a hercules 4 cyl  motor.   I don't know the model.  It runs and welds decently yet.

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Re: Trailer for a diesel welder
« Reply #4 on: December 06, 2010, 08:39:27 PM »
He got the welder, It is a Lincoln with a 3 cyl GM diesel.  It is placed on the trailer but not yet bolted down.

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Re: Trailer for a diesel welder
« Reply #5 on: December 06, 2010, 08:48:40 PM »
And we discovered that with the weight of the welder on the trailer the tires and fenders had an issue.

So I fixed it.  Not near perfect welds but I can stand on the fender and it won't move.

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Re: Trailer for a diesel welder
« Reply #6 on: December 06, 2010, 08:54:10 PM »
(more pics)   The fenders are now 4 inches up from where they were.

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Re: Trailer for a diesel welder
« Reply #7 on: December 06, 2010, 08:59:59 PM »
And before the day ended I started to mount the tool box onto it.  There is a bit of work to do with this part yet.  More fabrication pics to come.
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Re: Trailer for a diesel welder
« Reply #8 on: December 06, 2010, 10:09:35 PM »
Nice work. Looks like it will last many years!
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Re: Trailer for a diesel welder
« Reply #9 on: December 07, 2010, 03:59:13 AM »
Strik you take my memories back almost 50 years with this build.

The first machine I owned was a Lincoln SA 200 I bought well used for $400- and managed to pay for the first month I owned it  by burning rod 16 hours a day.  8 of those were with my machine and it both burned and leaked oil, but 30 w oil was cheap back then.

I decided I wanted a trailer mount so I talked a truck wrecker into letting me cut the front X and frame off a Ford truck that had 16" tires, and went to scrounging up metal.  I ran around with that machine half built for a while till somebody gave me a bunch of 10ga cutoffs I could fill the frame in and make some toolboxes.  I learned a lot making it all cometogether, like how much easier it was to deal with the vibration if I was sitting on the machine welding rather than standing on the ground welding. 

You can get all the information and manuals for that machine from www.lincolnelectric.com since your nameplate is readable. 

Just one caution on closing it in, that machine needs to move a lot of air through the housing to keep the generator cool. 

A little sanding and some phosphoric acid treatment and you should be able to paint it right up nice, although painting a welding trailer should not be done until the rig is at least a year old.
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Re: Trailer for a diesel welder
« Reply #10 on: December 07, 2010, 07:59:02 PM »
Some more done on the tool-battery box.
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Re: Trailer for a diesel welder
« Reply #11 on: December 07, 2010, 08:22:58 PM »
I like very much. Nice tough construction.
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Re: Trailer for a diesel welder
« Reply #12 on: December 07, 2010, 08:45:21 PM »
We are trying to make it last our lifetimes and have resale value when its time to sell.  Heavy but not wacko heavy is just right.

I was doing some serious thinking on how to put the 90 degree bends in 3/16" plate for the bottom and back of the box.   :gaah:   It was so easy once I figured it out.  The shop has no sheet metal tools at all, I got almost perfect bends by hand!

Now I am going to make a hand box for me and post a build thread with pics.

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Re: Trailer for a diesel welder
« Reply #13 on: December 07, 2010, 08:58:23 PM »
Pretty cool strik, keep the pics coming.    :beerdude:      :goodpost:


As far as sheet metal tools, I call them HAMMERS.    :lol:
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Re: Trailer for a diesel welder
« Reply #14 on: December 07, 2010, 09:02:25 PM »
Sledge?
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