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    What did you put in place of that Dave ?

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    Finally had the time and weather to make a little progress today.



    I was hoping JD2 was going o have a memorial day sale but that didnt happen. Ill need to order a tube bender soon and get the cage going.

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    Hoping this weekend the weather will hold out and let me cut some cross members out. and maybe get it up on the chassis jig.

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    Quote Originally Posted by niebs View Post
    Hoping this weekend the weather will hold out and let me cut some cross members out. and maybe get it up on the chassis jig.
    Just what is available to replace the cross member?

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    Quote Originally Posted by arro222 View Post
    Just what is available to replace the cross member?
    Commercially? Porbably not much. Ill make a tubular crossmember to give me room to drop the pan easily.

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    Also, I got my chassis jig built and painted. 8" of leg adjustability, you could level a chassis out on any surface!



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    Baby steps lol. Little more progress.

    Must have picked the gasser suspension





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    Just a simple back half deal

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    Looking good !

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    Give you chops niebs for doing this in your yard. For that matter, just for doing it. I believe Rich at Hipotek has tubular cross members.

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    can't wait to see the results, your chassis jig looks great!
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    Quote Originally Posted by arro222 View Post
    Give you chops niebs for doing this in your yard. For that matter, just for doing it. I believe Rich at Hipotek has tubular cross members.
    Thank you!
    Please excuse the siding and plywood shop area . House painting and siding is on the list for this summer too

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark View Post
    can't wait to see the results, your chassis jig looks great!
    Thank you! Im excited to get the chassis up on it. I do not think it came out too bad for just going off the plans in my head lol. All the crossmembers can slide to make it more versatile and I made it double rail to add attachments much easier. It will also completely break down for storage

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    Quote Originally Posted by niebs View Post
    Thank you!
    Please excuse the siding and plywood shop area . House painting and siding is on the list for this summer too
    What siding and plywood? I see nothing but "vehicle".

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    Little more weight reduction. That dash and hvac assembly is HEAVY!


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    The off center trans tunnel is really going to be an issue. Guess ill be in the "modified firewall/floor" category.

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    Weight reduction for sure !

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    Yeah the HVAC system sucks lol. Super heavy. You make me want to start working on mine. I cant wait till my Pole Barn is built. I has been straight raining for the past like 4 days lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by 99lowdakota View Post
    Yeah the HVAC system sucks lol. Super heavy. You make me want to start working on mine. I cant wait till my Pole Barn is built. I has been straight raining for the past like 4 days lol
    Yeah ive been lucky the last two weekends. Weather man said it was going to storm but it ended up being nice. Hoping to get another one to get it on the jig. May be picking up a tube bender this weekend too

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    Quote Originally Posted by niebs View Post
    Yeah ive been lucky the last two weekends. Weather man said it was going to storm but it ended up being nice. Hoping to get another one to get it on the jig. May be picking up a tube bender this weekend too
    Nice. I want a tube bender but for a decent stand and an actually decent bender they are like $300+ and with me building a new shop I dont have the money for one. But I want to make my own trans cross member thats why. I think tho I may be able to make one out of a straight tube tho. just need a big side place for it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 99lowdakota View Post
    Nice. I want a tube bender but for a decent stand and an actually decent bender they are like $300+ and with me building a new shop I dont have the money for one. But I want to make my own trans cross member thats why. I think tho I may be able to make one out of a straight tube tho. just need a big side place for it.
    the bender is 300 but then each die set is another 300. adds up really fast. Im hopfully lookign at a used Hossfield setup this weekend.

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    Nice is it a manual bender or a Hydraulic bender. Most quality post manual benders can be had for around 300-400 and come with a die. Most the time you work with roll cage tubing so its a very decent start. I have been looking at getting one for like 3-5 years lol. I just dont think that the quality benders are at my price range of what I think they are worth. They are definitely close at 300-400 but as you stated they either dont come with dies or only have one. I waited about 4 years before I bought my TIG welder. TIG welders are finally down to a price where you can get a quality TIG at a good price.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 99lowdakota View Post
    Nice is it a manual bender or a Hydraulic bender. Most quality post manual benders can be had for around 300-400 and come with a die. Most the time you work with roll cage tubing so its a very decent start. I have been looking at getting one for like 3-5 years lol. I just dont think that the quality benders are at my price range of what I think they are worth. They are definitely close at 300-400 but as you stated they either dont come with dies or only have one. I waited about 4 years before I bought my TIG welder. TIG welders are finally down to a price where you can get a quality TIG at a good price.
    This one is a hydraulic Hossfeld #2. Not the best of the best for tube bending but has tons of other dies available which is good bc i do a lot more metal fab than just roll cages. But the seller has not got back to me yet for a meet time so whos knows.
    I know what you mean on the tig welder. I finally picked up an Alphatig200x two years ago and its been great. I just built a water cooler to add on to it. Tig is so nice to have. I love it.

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    Good size step today. Cab is up on my jig.


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