Intro and title, “motobox that my wife would camp in”

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Re: Intro and title, “motobox that my wife would camp in”

Postby BigDave_185 » Sun Feb 07, 2021 3:01 pm

Bed frame is ready to go into the trailer as soon as I clear a spot in the garage!

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I keep forgetting I need to order cable


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Re: Intro and title, “motobox that my wife would camp in”

Postby BigDave_185 » Sun Feb 07, 2021 5:00 pm

Ground down all of my visible welds, then finished up with a 150 DA to smooth them out further
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Re: Intro and title, “motobox that my wife would camp in”

Postby flboy » Sun Feb 07, 2021 6:54 pm

Awesome craftsmanship! I never learned to weld, but going to give it a try with my new build. Watching a few youtube videos out there and will practice with some scraps. Can you recommend a good beginner video?
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Intro and title, “motobox that my wife would camp in”

Postby BigDave_185 » Sun Feb 07, 2021 9:36 pm

If you buy a decent mig welder set up most people can do it, Iv been looking at a new Miller 211 I believe the model is 120/220 capability, argon gas is such a added bonus. $1200 at my local welding supply

The rest is pretty easy, I do have a guy who does some neat videos I have watched in the past. I’ll see if I can dig it up

https://youtube.com/c/Welddotcom

When it gets down to it you have few things to go wrong think two cycle motor.

To fast of wire or two slow
To much heat to low
Moving to fast moving to slow

Or some more detailed like direction your trying to weld but that comes with practice


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Re: Intro and title, “motobox that my wife would camp in”

Postby BigDave_185 » Wed Feb 10, 2021 1:39 pm

Bed frame placed in general area to the trailer location.
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Now to get going making the tabs to hold my bearings and my cable on the unistrut
The drive axle
Still need to order cable

Fighting between ordering trailer parts and new danger rifle parts

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Re: Intro and title, “motobox that my wife would camp in”

Postby western traveler » Wed Feb 10, 2021 2:31 pm

Impressed with both your welding and milling skills...
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Re: Intro and title, “motobox that my wife would camp in”

Postby BigDave_185 » Wed Feb 10, 2021 3:10 pm

western traveler wrote:Impressed with both your welding and milling skills...
Thank ya very much, should turn out great once I get all the parts for both pulled together


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Re: Intro and title, “motobox that my wife would camp in”

Postby BigDave_185 » Wed Feb 17, 2021 8:09 pm

Welded In the holes on the bearings tonight, going to drill them closer to the edges on the drill press at the other shop
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Also picked up another time consuming tool

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Intro and title, “motobox that my wife would camp in”

Postby BigDave_185 » Sat Mar 06, 2021 7:25 pm

Got the vise jaws started

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Started tinkering and more and more doubting my end result

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Decided I didn’t like that at all.

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Instead of welding on the angle iron I’ll bolt it on, weld the bearings to the angle, that way I can center the bed frame easier.

I have tested a lift and it does lift but like others have found. This sh** is going to be dead nutz on to lift even and not bind up.

The king of my doubt is I’ll be doing what Flboydid and having multiple cables from the top to lift up. But we all have to hit our thumb with the hammer first.


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Re: Intro and title, “motobox that my wife would camp in”

Postby BigDave_185 » Sun Mar 07, 2021 1:32 pm

This is how I plan to attach the drive system under the bed.

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I’ll bolt this to the plate, then weld said plate to the lower bed frame. I’ll need to wrap one thing around it so I don’t smash my head into it I guess

The other side will be similar but with a pillow block


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Re: Intro and title, “motobox that my wife would camp in”

Postby BigDave_185 » Sun Mar 07, 2021 3:00 pm

$78 later for hardware and some new drill bits and a few dodads
Off to the assembly of the drive shaft hopefully


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Re: Intro and title, “motobox that my wife would camp in”

Postby BigDave_185 » Sun Mar 07, 2021 5:00 pm

And this is where I’ll leave it for the day.

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I sure as hell hope it works like designed. If not I might just drop the hammer and go buy a toy hauler. Rebuild the cabinets inside and flip them every few years


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Re: Intro and title, “motobox that my wife would camp in”

Postby BigDave_185 » Sun Mar 07, 2021 6:07 pm

I lied. Had to weld in the drive axle

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Re: Intro and title, “motobox that my wife would camp in”

Postby BigDave_185 » Tue Mar 09, 2021 5:46 pm

Got the cables on, level as I could with only a four foot level. Not considering if the trailer is perfectly level lol

But it goes up rather smooth considering.

I do have similar concerns with the width that the cable gets to but!!! It works

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I lowered the bed as low as I want it to go, then ran the cable, Used the turnbuckles to pick up the tension and release the straps. Then raised it up with the drill.

Slick is slick. Now to take it out and paint, finish weld the bearings which I am not even sure I need at the moment. Go with a guide similar to Flboy and the drive system from Brian.

Video to follow after I clean up my welding messes and put some tools away. Also need to get pins to set the bed frame on.


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Re: Intro and title, “motobox that my wife would camp in”

Postby featherliteCT1 » Tue Mar 09, 2021 6:55 pm

Glad your bed works ok!! :thumbsup:
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