5x8 Chassis Tutorial/Guide/Howto?

Ask questions about Harbor Freight trailers, or questions about building your own...

Postby bg » Wed Feb 22, 2006 9:05 pm

Figured I'd throw this note in here.

If you're using an autodarkening welding helmet, please invest the $100 or so in a good one, not the $30 homier special. I was using mine for an hour or so yesterday, and my eyes still hurt, best I can tell, the UV filter in the helmet is broken. I'll be finishing with my Fixed-shade helmet, as my new Jackson auto-dark won't be here this week.
Bobby(, Kim & Wayne)
bg
500 Club
 
Posts: 985
Images: 8
Joined: Fri Aug 20, 2004 11:11 pm
Location: Saginaw, TX

Postby McTeardrops » Fri Feb 24, 2006 8:59 am

Image

Chassis is a "locost," a version of the Lotus Seven, motor is 2.3 Ford from a 92 Mustang

Lenny
Lenny

McTeardrops@valornet.com
I've reached the stage, in life, where my foam has more memory than I do!
User avatar
McTeardrops
The 300 Club
 
Posts: 340
Joined: Sun Aug 01, 2004 12:08 pm
Location: Texarkana Texas

Postby angib » Fri Feb 24, 2006 10:24 am

Lenny wrote:motor is 2.3 Ford from a 92 Mustang

Very sensible. Can't I tempt you to a little madness?

Image

That's two GSXR1000 Suzuki engines, totalling 350hp........

Andrew
User avatar
angib
5000 Club
5000 Club
 
Posts: 5783
Images: 231
Joined: Fri Apr 30, 2004 2:04 pm
Location: (Olde) England
Top

Postby McTeardrops » Fri Feb 24, 2006 10:38 am

Andrew

Madness is right! And too long for my chassis. But I do recall a guy over here who sold crankcases to put two sets of FJ jugs into a V-8, 400 horse configuration......

Lenny
Lenny

McTeardrops@valornet.com
I've reached the stage, in life, where my foam has more memory than I do!
User avatar
McTeardrops
The 300 Club
 
Posts: 340
Joined: Sun Aug 01, 2004 12:08 pm
Location: Texarkana Texas
Top

Postby bg » Fri Feb 24, 2006 10:52 pm

Julie and I aren't going to be able to meet this weekend, so I decided to hold off on the welding till tuesday, when the new helmet comes in. I've dissasembled it and put the peices in the garage until the rain stops.
Bobby(, Kim & Wayne)
bg
500 Club
 
Posts: 985
Images: 8
Joined: Fri Aug 20, 2004 11:11 pm
Location: Saginaw, TX
Top

Postby Steve_Cox » Fri Feb 24, 2006 11:15 pm

bg wrote:Julie and I aren't going to be able to meet this weekend, so I decided to hold off on the welding till tuesday, when the new helmet comes in. I've dissasembled it and put the peices in the garage until the rain stops.


First time I read that I thought it said hold off on the wedding instead of welding.... Only missed by 1 letter. :thinking: you two work fast :lol: :lol: My apologies BG, Jewels....
Steve
User avatar
Steve_Cox
4000 Club
4000 Club
 
Posts: 4903
Images: 196
Joined: Sun Apr 03, 2005 8:46 am
Location: Albuquerque New Mexico
Top

Postby bg » Wed Mar 01, 2006 1:47 pm

Took about 2 hours for final cuts and welding

Image
Bobby(, Kim & Wayne)
bg
500 Club
 
Posts: 985
Images: 8
Joined: Fri Aug 20, 2004 11:11 pm
Location: Saginaw, TX
Top

Postby bg » Wed Mar 01, 2006 6:36 pm

I'm sure part of you are curious about the cost of this thing.

I'm assuming you'll be buying new, which most of you will be.

Materials used:
Flexiride Axle - $227.95 + tax, shipping (If I do another, I'll pickup a Dexter axle locally, cheaper, and with the right planning, you don't need the adjustable axle)
40' 2x2x1/8" Angle - $28.69 (inc tax)
10' 2x2x1/4" Angle - About $15 if you can buy a half stick, $30 if you have to buy a whole. I had 10' in the scrap pile for this project
1' 2x2x1/4" square tubing - I used a class 3 insert I had laying around, Easier and cheaper than having to buy a 20' stick.
Fulton straight tongue coupler - $12

Tires/wheels of your choice. Lets say $100 for the pair in most cases.

Add all that up and we're right around $400 before the welding and fitting.

This design has all straight cuts. You could use a hacksaw if you were determined enough. My total welding/cutting/fitting came to 3 hours.

This is how I hold a corner square.

Image

Almost forgot, Completed trailer weighs 230 lbs.
Bobby(, Kim & Wayne)
bg
500 Club
 
Posts: 985
Images: 8
Joined: Fri Aug 20, 2004 11:11 pm
Location: Saginaw, TX
Top

Postby bg » Fri Mar 03, 2006 11:02 pm

Off to deliver in the morning.

Image
Bobby(, Kim & Wayne)
bg
500 Club
 
Posts: 985
Images: 8
Joined: Fri Aug 20, 2004 11:11 pm
Location: Saginaw, TX
Top

Postby bg » Sat Mar 04, 2006 7:20 pm

Interesting day today.

Lost the trailer lights and plate(!) somewhere between Gainesville and Dallas.

Everything was tightened down, So I'm not sure what happened there. Ah well, now to find my registration papers...
Bobby(, Kim & Wayne)
bg
500 Club
 
Posts: 985
Images: 8
Joined: Fri Aug 20, 2004 11:11 pm
Location: Saginaw, TX
Top

Postby mikeschn » Sat Mar 04, 2006 7:26 pm

Well tell us about OKJewel... did she like it?

Mike...
The quality is remembered long after the price is forgotten, so build your teardrop with the best materials...
User avatar
mikeschn
Site Admin
 
Posts: 19194
Images: 479
Joined: Tue Apr 13, 2004 11:01 am
Location: MI
Top

Postby bg » Sat Mar 04, 2006 7:28 pm

mikeschn wrote:Well tell us about OKJewel... did she like it?

Mike...


Pretty sure she did!
Bobby(, Kim & Wayne)
bg
500 Club
 
Posts: 985
Images: 8
Joined: Fri Aug 20, 2004 11:11 pm
Location: Saginaw, TX
Top

Postby mikeschn » Sat Mar 04, 2006 7:29 pm

Oh, I guess you don't have any sensational hand off photos... Well, maybe OKjewel has some now that she is back home with it...

OKJewel, tell us what you think...

Mike...
The quality is remembered long after the price is forgotten, so build your teardrop with the best materials...
User avatar
mikeschn
Site Admin
 
Posts: 19194
Images: 479
Joined: Tue Apr 13, 2004 11:01 am
Location: MI
Top

Postby bg » Sat Mar 04, 2006 7:30 pm

mikeschn wrote:Oh, I guess you don't have any sensational hand off photos... Well, maybe OKjewel has some now that she is back home with it...

OKJewel, tell us what you think...

Mike...


She has a few, I forgot my camera.
Bobby(, Kim & Wayne)
bg
500 Club
 
Posts: 985
Images: 8
Joined: Fri Aug 20, 2004 11:11 pm
Location: Saginaw, TX
Top

Postby madjack » Sat Mar 04, 2006 7:52 pm

Julie had a few problems on the way home...she may not feel much like posting about them right now................... 8)
...I have come to believe that, conflict resolution, through violence, is never acceptable.....................mj
User avatar
madjack
Site Admin
 
Posts: 15132
Images: 177
Joined: Thu Dec 02, 2004 5:27 pm
Location: Central Louisiana
Top

PreviousNext

Return to Trailer and Chassis Secrets

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest