The Mad Dash begins...

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The Mad Dash begins...

Postby mikeschn » Sat Jan 03, 2015 4:18 pm

The Mad Dash begins...

I've stretched the trailer to 10 1/2 feet. The axle is 55" from the rear. Now to solidify the design... :D :lol:

Notice the welds? Courtesy of the local Muffler Man! ;)

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Re: The Mad Dash begins...

Postby Lynn Coleman » Sat Jan 03, 2015 4:43 pm

Looking forward to following your build, Mike.

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Re: The Mad Dash begins...

Postby jonw » Sat Jan 03, 2015 4:46 pm

Cool!

I'm also looking forward to following your design and progress...
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Re: The Mad Dash begins...

Postby mikeschn » Sat Jan 03, 2015 5:56 pm

Jon,

It's not going to be as dashy as yours, because I have some structure underneath, whereas you don't.

I'll be a little heavier, but hopefully light enough to dash across the country...

First stop, probably your neck of the woods!

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Re: The Mad Dash begins...

Postby capnTelescope » Sat Jan 03, 2015 8:49 pm

What number build is this? :thinking: Or have you lost count? :NC It'll be interesting to see how the Meister does it. :thumbsup:
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Re: The Mad Dash begins...

Postby mikeschn » Sat Jul 11, 2015 6:14 pm

I started cutting foamie panels for the mad dash today.

But you can call me the foam butcher...

Here's the panel I cut...

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Here's a closeup of the panel that melted...

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Here's what the bit looked like

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Re: The Mad Dash begins...

Postby Fred Trout » Sat Jul 11, 2015 8:42 pm

Huh ... what caused that failure to launch, Mike ? :shock:

Looks like the bit wasn't making clean cuts before it had a meltdown ...
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Re: The Mad Dash begins...

Postby mikeschn » Sat Jul 11, 2015 9:25 pm

Yea, I must have been running it too fast. I slowed it down a bit, and the second side was coming along nicely, until the final cut. The part that I was trimming off was not secured down to the table. It popped up and snagged the router, and I lost a bunch of steps, to the tune of 1" in some areas. I have photos... give me a sec.

But thanks to Glenn, who constantly preaches homogenous materials, I glued some scraps in, and I'll try cutting it again...

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Re: The Mad Dash begins...

Postby mikeschn » Sat Jul 11, 2015 10:17 pm

okay, here is the homogenous recovery...

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Re: The Mad Dash begins...

Postby mikeschn » Sat Jul 11, 2015 10:27 pm

Now it's time to think about the beer ballast for the maddash. I have exactly 4" of foam under the mattress. Beer bottles are 8 1/2 inches high, so that won't work. I could lay them down, cause they are only 2 1/2" in diameter. I'll have to go to the store tomorrow and see what diameter the beer cans are. I'll get back to you on the beer ballast! :beer: :beer: :beer:

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Re: The Mad Dash begins...

Postby Fred Trout » Sat Jul 11, 2015 10:42 pm

Cool ! Pretty nice tool to have around.
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Re: The Mad Dash begins...

Postby GPW » Sun Jul 12, 2015 5:17 am

Good Save !!! :thumbsup: What kind of foam is that ? Darker then the usual pink .... :thinking:
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Re: The Mad Dash begins...

Postby mikeschn » Sun Jul 12, 2015 5:27 am

It's the standard 2" EPS they sell in the orange big box. It's got 250 stamped on the edges. Owens Corning Foamular 250.

Today I am going to cut the tails. I can cut both tails from one piece of foam.

Then I am going to draw the hard edges and cut them out. I hope I have enough time to do that all today. It sounds like a full day!

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Re: The Mad Dash begins...

Postby RAYVILLIAN » Sun Jul 12, 2015 7:28 am

Hey Mike I thought this was going to be another WW that looks like a tear with a flat back side. I'ts looking good though. Good to see you back in building mode. Wish we could come up and help.

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Re: The Mad Dash begins...

Postby GPW » Sun Jul 12, 2015 7:46 am

So this is the Flip Top model ..... :thumbsup: 8) OK, I get “The Long Trailer" now ... :duh:
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