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Old 09-25-2006, 09:09 PM   #21
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Ever try using a MIG on alum?
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Old 09-25-2006, 09:11 PM   #22
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yes I have, it works pretty good once you change wire and switch over to 100% argon

The AP bed looks pretty good JIA, nice work as usual.

Are you planning on doing the back bars the same also, or just using the basic shape of that bed?
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I haven't, and even if I did, there's no argon here.

Tack and braze...works well for me.

Yeah, I figure once I get the other cutout for the shock done I'll start the tube work...have to. The rest of the bed is based around tube.

For those wondering what AP bed means, here's a shot of what I'm loosely basing this around. Pretty much what Badger's Mounty bed is based on.



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Old 09-25-2006, 09:28 PM   #24
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Now that's gonna be sweet
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Made a boneheaded mistake.

After I'd finished the first cutout in the bed for the shock and shock mount I made a template for the other side.

Made a reference mark, put the template in place, marked the bed, and commenced cutting.

The bad thing is I made the reference mark on the wrong side of the frame rail.




Looks like I get to patch the hole now.

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Patched the hole.

Debating firing my machinist.



So now the main box is in place, time for all the extra crap.
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Old 09-26-2006, 08:23 AM   #27
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Looking sweet dude, this is definitely going to be one of the baddest High Lifts around

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great work JIA, love the AP bed, badger's rig has inspired many of us.
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Old 09-26-2006, 08:23 PM   #29
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Thanks guys.

The added weight of the 16ga steel has created a need for a stiffer spring pack on the rear.

I figure once I'm completely done with the bed I'll retune the suspension.

Until then it'll probably keep the soft pack.
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Ever try using a MIG on alum?
YEP! my millermatic 251 has a spool gun with .030 just for alum
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Bah!

I've never attempted welding alum...maybe one day.
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I have, TIGing. First bead was nicer than each succesive one. Not too easy.
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Bah!

I've never attempted welding alum...maybe one day.
If you can braze (which I know you can) TIG isnt much harder, just takes practice
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Old 09-27-2006, 06:48 AM   #34
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looks great! This is exactly what I was going to do to my High Lift....if I bought it. Only thing I'd change is the plastic shock towers in favor of some custom 3/16" tube hoops.

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looks great! This is exactly what I was going to do to my High Lift....if I bought it. Only thing I'd change is the plastic shock towers in favor of some custom 3/16" tube hoops.

nice
Shock towers are pressed steel Although some hoops would be cool

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Lookin' sweet Shame about running out of steel. I'm surprised you're running the shiny diff covers, the way they hang down they'll hang up like the proverbial buck teeth. I'm thinking the rubber plug option would be more rock-friendly.

But they sure look good, don't they?

Looking forward to seeing the rest of this build.
Well you could build a diff cover, that would realy make it stay unscratched
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Made a boneheaded mistake.

After I'd finished the first cutout in the bed for the shock and shock mount I made a template for the other side.

Made a reference mark, put the template in place, marked the bed, and commenced cutting.

The bad thing is I made the reference mark on the wrong side of the frame rail.




Looks like I get to patch the hole now.
You could get out the mig and weld it shut, then get out your grinder and do it again
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Old 09-27-2006, 03:53 PM   #38
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You could get out the mig and weld it shut, then get out your grinder and do it again
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Patched the hole.

Debating firing my machinist.



So now the main box is in place, time for all the extra crap.
Uhh....................He did it already

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Old 09-27-2006, 04:20 PM   #39
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Played for about a minute a little while ago.

http://www.projecttwin.com/files/f350.wmv

Did I mention how much I love this rig?
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Old 09-27-2006, 04:34 PM   #40
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nice clip, at least we know it can handle a little air .
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