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Postby Georgeandpat » Thu Jul 21, 2005 2:07 pm

Well, one side done(almost). I think I'm satisfied with it but I haven't road tested it yet. George.
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Postby IraRat » Thu Jul 21, 2005 2:19 pm

You guys with your great aluminum working skills make me SICK!!!

Go!!! Have fun!!! Show off!! Have a BALL!!!

I want my mommy--I'm afraid of aluminum.
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Postby Scooter » Thu Jul 21, 2005 2:20 pm

Those look great. :thumbsup: Got any pics of how they're assembled? I've already bought some plain trailer fenders but I just can't get excited about the look.
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Postby Ron Dickey » Thu Jul 21, 2005 4:54 pm

Really nice trailer, Great job on the fenders.

I have not worked with alumium sence I was 12. And then is was just tools for the fire place.

Now you can go camping in style

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Postby Georgeandpat » Thu Jul 21, 2005 5:18 pm

Thanks for the fedback and Ira, I never worked with aluminum before but it's not as difficult as I expected. Anyway, here are a couple of more pics for anyone interested in making their own fenders.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v422/ ... ender2.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v422/ ... 39_IMG.jpg
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Postby Ron Dickey » Thu Jul 21, 2005 5:48 pm

add "www." on second site. if you can't get it to work

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Postby WarPony » Thu Jul 21, 2005 6:05 pm

George, I have a question. How do you get the tire off if you have a flat? Is there enough room to wiggle it out? It's hard to judge the distance in the pictures. I like them and thought about making some like yours but was afraid of the flat tire issue.
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Postby norm perkiss » Thu Jul 21, 2005 7:37 pm

Your fenders are great! I bet they work just as good as the $300 sets. Your door trim also looks perfect. I have a few "trademarks" in mine.

And Ira, just think of alumium as shiny wood...

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Postby Roly Nelson » Thu Jul 21, 2005 8:36 pm

Great looking fenders, George, that is how I will build my next pair, (not wood this time). The only question I have is, how do you protect the interior of the fender from moisture. Undercoating? I used truck bed liner (Line-X) and it works great.

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Postby Georgeandpat » Thu Jul 21, 2005 8:47 pm

Ron- The links worked for me...anyone else have problems with them?
Warpony- Good question and one I expected. The outer wheel cover and trim are attached to each other and fit over the rest of the fender. Only half of the outer trim is presently caulked. I will add a very small bead of caulk to weatherproof the other half but still allow the panel to be removed to change a flat. I also plan on putting a couple of screws in the panel to secure it in place.
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Postby Georgeandpat » Thu Jul 21, 2005 8:54 pm

Roly, Thanks! I'm going to skin the fender's underside with plastic and inject expanding foam into the void areas. George.
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Postby bdosborn » Thu Jul 21, 2005 8:58 pm

Hey those are cool! I'm going to put that on my list of winter projects.
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Postby Georgeandpat » Thu Jul 21, 2005 9:25 pm

Bruce, I probably should have waited until winter and finished off the inside first since I'm going camping in a couple of weeks. But I had to choose between looking good driving down the road or having cabinet doors and well you know... :)
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Postby WarPony » Thu Jul 21, 2005 9:26 pm

Georgeandpat wrote:......... and inject expanding foam into the void areas


George, watch that stuff! It can/will expand too far and make some nasty bulges or tear the skin(s) from the bracing and ruin all your work. There are different kinds of expanding foam so read the can or abandon the idea all together.
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Postby Georgeandpat » Thu Jul 21, 2005 9:36 pm

WarPony, Thanks! I was going to leave some ports to alleviate any extra pressure but I'll definitely test it on a mock up first. George.
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