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Offline Aunt Phil

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Re: Trailer for a diesel welder
« Reply #15 on: December 08, 2010, 01:00:58 PM »
Sledge?

Aw comon Rusty, you don't need a SledGoMatic for 3/16.   A good old fashioned fender wrench like towtrucks used to carry with modified jaws will get it done.  A young man should be able to wrench a 3" wide jaw with a 3 foot handle.  Of course if Strike managed to find one of them premium old large monkeywrenches and weld some bending jaws into it he owns the universal sheetmetal tool.

This post reminds me, I gotta go polish up my short handled 14 pounder or Merk will be flipping out.  He'd be upset anyhow that it isn't original and that I drilled through the head and installed a screw to keep the damn handle in place. 
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Re: Trailer for a diesel welder
« Reply #15 on: December 08, 2010, 01:00:58 PM »

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Re: Trailer for a diesel welder
« Reply #16 on: December 08, 2010, 03:31:55 PM »
No banging instruments of any kind.  I ran the hand grinder down the line thinning the metal a bit.  Not enough to blue the steel but to leave a groove.  Clamped that into a heavy vise an pulled until I had the desired angle.  I think banged up metal in boxes looks like a hack did the work.  (I like to hide that !)

I know its not the same without pics  but when I build my steel plate toolbox it will be  :xFlash: documented and posted.

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Re: Trailer for a diesel welder
« Reply #17 on: December 09, 2010, 12:32:48 AM »
That's a very old trick for field bending aluminum in particular.

A router or a saw with carbide blades works well on aluminum.
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Re: Trailer for a diesel welder
« Reply #18 on: December 09, 2010, 03:21:47 PM »
Its bolted down.

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Re: Trailer for a diesel welder
« Reply #19 on: December 09, 2010, 04:04:14 PM »
I really like the way that is over engineered.
Tool do job=Good tool

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Re: Trailer for a diesel welder
« Reply #20 on: December 09, 2010, 08:00:20 PM »
We are trying for built to last without military armored vehicle specs.  And with what is laying around the shop to save material costs.  So far so good.

And the happiest thing of all, we started it and it runs good!  :spincl: I tried to get a pic but all look like the same.  About the time the camera flashed the smoke had cleared.....bummer.

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Re: Trailer for a diesel welder
« Reply #21 on: December 11, 2010, 05:17:15 PM »
Today we pulled the radiator to fix a leak and I beat out a few dents.

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Re: Trailer for a diesel welder
« Reply #22 on: December 18, 2010, 05:22:38 PM »
 :lol3:   Gentlemen, this is the end of this as a project.  It is done and ready to enter service.  Enjoy the pics.

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Re: Trailer for a diesel welder
« Reply #23 on: December 18, 2010, 05:25:16 PM »
and the last of the pics, enjoy!

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Re: Trailer for a diesel welder
« Reply #24 on: December 18, 2010, 09:49:29 PM »
Excellent job!
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Re: Trailer for a diesel welder
« Reply #25 on: December 18, 2010, 10:06:55 PM »
Thank you sir,  my boss is very happy with the results also.  (That will get me paid  too.)
 The funny part is I mixed and sprayed the paint without a clue to base or ratio.  It covered first pass and very few runs.  I bet if I had a clue it would look even better.

The former owner of this has another, same model and year and now wants his done up too.  I kind of hope he makes the deal to do it.  I have practice now.

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Re: Trailer for a diesel welder
« Reply #26 on: December 18, 2010, 10:22:45 PM »
Very well done!!! That is an excellent refurbishment of a much valued machine.

Thanks for the pics -- it's a great thread.

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Re: Trailer for a diesel welder
« Reply #27 on: December 22, 2010, 11:08:37 PM »
And now it has lights too.  He will get it plated soon to prevent any problems with the police.  A light retouch of the deck paint also.

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Re: Trailer for a diesel welder
« Reply #28 on: December 23, 2010, 10:30:28 AM »
That is a good job. Better watch out or they will make you build cars from scratch.
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Re: Trailer for a diesel welder
« Reply #29 on: December 23, 2010, 10:56:19 AM »
Looks good, I'd either tie that hot wire down or grommet the opening
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