5x8 Chassis Tutorial/Guide/Howto?

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5x8 Chassis Tutorial/Guide/Howto?

Postby bg » Fri Feb 03, 2006 1:09 pm

In a few weeks I'm going to begin building a 5x8 frame for Julie (oklahomajewel). I've been thinking about turning this project into a How-To for the home-builder that needs a frame made to order. I'd basically cover everything but the actual welding using basic tools (Chopsaw and Angle Grinder).

Is there any interest for a guide like this? I'm up for writing it.
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Postby toypusher » Fri Feb 03, 2006 1:32 pm

bg,

I think that there would be plenty of interest from this crowd. Lots of us have built a teardrop, but not our own frame.
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Postby rampage » Fri Feb 03, 2006 1:39 pm

I think that would be a great idea. I wouldnt mind seeing one for electrical systems as well.
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Postby madjack » Fri Feb 03, 2006 2:56 pm

Bg, that is a heck of a plan and a very generous offer...I sure the write up would be appreciated and popular with many here...it would also fit in well with this boards "mission statement" and other build info
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Postby bg » Sat Feb 04, 2006 1:17 am

Guess this tells me what I need to know. Once I can scrounge up some help to run the camera one weekend. Guess this means I gotta get the garage cleaned up to have some room to work :shock:
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Postby larryl » Sat Feb 04, 2006 4:49 pm

BG:

very kind of you. One of the many things on my "to learn how to do" is weld.

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Postby mikeschn » Sat Feb 04, 2006 9:18 pm

BG,

A good (free) PDF like that would earn you a place on the menu... ;)

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Postby bg » Sun Feb 05, 2006 12:20 am

This would be a free guide. Outside frame Dimensions are 58"x96". Perfect for the generic benroy. I've learned quite a few things when it comes to keeping something big square, and It'd only be fair to share the wealth
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Postby Juneaudave » Sun Feb 05, 2006 12:35 am

Be sure to include a section on grinding off crappy welds!!!
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Postby bledsoe3 » Sun Feb 05, 2006 3:22 am

I'm just glad Julie is going to get started. I can't wait to see the Breadbox!
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Postby doug hodder » Sun Feb 05, 2006 7:14 pm

JuneauDave....that is the most important thing about welding...after you wield a grinder for hours on end...you'll make sure you get your welding technique down from the get go....just part of the learning curve...the guy I learned from said "you weld it, you grind it" I decided I needed to learn to weld better.... :cry: good for you Julie...going to get one going!!!: Doug
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Postby bg » Sun Feb 05, 2006 8:58 pm

Ain't that the truth Doug...

I've been sitting here writing the basics out and what tools you need, Basically comes down to, Buy a good angle grinder, You'll be using it... Alot.
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Postby bg » Sun Feb 05, 2006 9:48 pm

Looks like I'll have something to show by the weekend. Will be picture-less, but usable/reviewable.
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Postby bg » Wed Feb 08, 2006 12:52 am

Few details/changes to take note of.

1. I will be using a dexter #8 torsion axle

2. Most likely 13" wheels

3. The axle will be adjustable from 36-30" from the rear of the trailer.

4. I will be using an A-frame tongue with an Atwood coupler

5. The frame will be tacked together, then welded solid.

6. The main frame is 2x2x1/4" Angle with 2 crossmembers, allowing plenty of room for a footwell or storage bin.

All of this while I still need to completly restart on my own trailer.
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Postby madjack » Wed Feb 08, 2006 1:09 am

...thanks for the update BG...I appreciate what you are doing and I am sure others as well...I know Julie is and we finally get to get her inna trailer ;)
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