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Old 01-05-2016, 06:43 AM   #4229
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smcox1, thanks for the link, I like to view how other rigs are built and the interior, what's inside how its placed ect. Another cold day -5* this morning but its sunny, no storms until the weekend and it might warm up.
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Lots of good ideas in the Kodiak, with it that cold out, you should have the layout of the tot'r box almost set, lol.
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Hi Frank, wellll we're workin on it . I've been in the shop trying to do some other things so when it warms up a little we can go back at it. Looks promising tomorrow.
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Glad that you can get some things done, I know how hard it is to try to build something outside in the single digit temperatures. NOT FUN!!!!!!
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Frank, that's for sure, the hard part is getting dressed, by the time I get all the gear on I'm tired out , . I started cutting the sides out.
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Wow ! That looks good.
What color tin snips did you use ????
How about instead of helping , you just teach me those SKILLS ?

That cold has been here too ! Tonight 10* tomorrow may even be above freezing woo hoo
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Hi Popeye, 10 Gauge sheet metal is way too thick for tin snips, think of a 10 Gauge wire, almost a 1/4" thick. Actually if you work in wood, metal would be relatively easy transition, just different tools, of course you don't bend wood quite like metal......... I could use a plasma cutter, (if I had one) I was going to buy another one, (sold the first one with the shop), but I don't want to spend the money right now. Soooo I'm doing it kinda the old fashion way, the curve is being cut with a jigsaw and 18 tooth metal cutting blades, the straight cuts are being cut with a special metal cutting circular saw w/30 tooth carbide metal blades. Glad the cold is letting up supposed to be above freezing here also.
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Every pic looks better and better Terry. It will be nice to get the outside done before the really bad weather sets in and then you can move to the inside.
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Hi Frank, I really can't believe that I've had the good weather that I've had, right now its supposed to turn warmer until next Monday, maybe some snow/rain stuff on sat/sun not much they say would be nice to get the exterior done like you say
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That's how I would have cut it too , I was joking about the snips , they wouldn't have made cuts like that in any thickness anyway , I thought you had used a plasma ! Good job , as always!
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Popeye, I should have known you would have known that, I'm a little slow on the uptake.
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I have a picture in my mind of Terry dressed to work looking like Ralphie in Christmas story! (or the Michelin Man) 5 below, Brrrr!

Looks great Terry. I have done some work those steel cutting circular blades, seriously noisey! But they leave a nice cut ready to go. I also thought you had a Plasma and now appreciate the time it is taking to do this more.

Are you stick or mig welding?

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Good Morning, Lloyd, I probley look like Ralphie . The sheet steel is the biggest challenge to cut, the other I have a chop saw. I was a certified welder with stick, I'm just more comfortable with stick so most of this is welded with stick, I do have a mig here also, actually two of them. I use the mig mostly for thin sheet metal or exhaust work, I probley will use the mig for filler work if I need to smooth some thing out to make it look pretty.
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Terry I also prefer stick welding, but as you said for filling and dolling up , the mig is nice! Don't think i'll be doing much outside for the near future. Have to replace a old steel framed window in my shop for my landlord this or next week but I will rig up some kind of tarp shelter and get my heater there for that! Although the old adage of "the heat is in the tools" still holds true, if your dressed right and keep moving you can do ok! Moving almost all of my stuff to the shop to sort it out and see what i'm going to sell/keep. Need the room at home to trim out the Dakota. Then see about unloading stuff and get on the road! Your doing some fine fabrication on your rig, enjoy seeing the progress! Bobby
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