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Old 01-20-2016, 05:52 PM   #4341
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Good evening, Thanks Tim, We worked on a couple things today, got the bumper pull hitch installed and welded, have to finish it off later, I used the frame rails I cut off and the frame rails from the 5th wheel donor that I cut up to build the hitch, then bought a ready made receiver tube to weld in, should be plenty strong. Started to install the supports that will hold the side compartments also. I will curve a piece of sheet metal to finish off the front, but I need to wait until I install the exhaust stack so I can blend it all together.
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Looks good Terry....did you use a class 4 or 5 receiver tube? My 1 ton came with a class 5 and a bushing to reduce it to a 2 inch class 4....I have seen the three quarter tons with a class 5 and a bushing....well your tot'r ought to be strong enough to pull what ever you need..

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Old 01-21-2016, 04:43 AM   #4343
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Good Morning, MK, I used a class 4 tube, I just don't see the use of having a class 5 then reduce to 2" anyway, there must be a reason but I don't know what it is. Looks like maybe the nor'easter "may" not hit us here, famous last words.
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I'm wondering how you're getting anything done outside , ya guts thicker skin than me !
The "weather guessers" are saying it will miss us too !
I'm not putting the shovels away though , think you should do the same ....
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It is looking good.
As a fulltime RVer I'll say this to you and anyone else getting ready to sell out and move into an RV.
Get ALL your projects done before then.
It will be a whole lot harder after..especially working on the RV while you are living in it !
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Old 01-21-2016, 12:07 PM   #4345
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Good Afternoon, Popeye, I just dress about so I can't move, then go outside for about 10 min. then come back inside for 15 min. and repeat all day long I don't get alot done but it makes me think I have. we got 22* here right now, I might wear out the shops door going in and out so much. Glad to hear the snow might miss you too, Bobby might be in for it though, its a coast hugger. Well workin on the rear end cap for the side compartments.
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Got the rear compartment wall done, will install tomorrow. Here's a couple of pics. of a jig I made to put the corners together. And here is a pic of the handle I made to install on top of the pipe handle to stabilize yourself as we climb up on the rear deck. its made out of 1/4" steel rod, braided.
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Very good cold work plan......for me it would be 10 minutes out and the rest of the hour inside 3" from the heater !

Braided steel rod ! Kinda warps my brain
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Just love the braided round rod been wanting to do that myself being a very amateur blacksmith just starting out....looks great

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Popeye, if it gets really cold we can take the blast heater outside, trouble with that is one side of you gets toasted and the other side is frozen . MK, the round rod braiding is really very easy, I just use a acetylene torch chuck it in a vise and heat the rod as I go takes about 15 min. to do what you see here, around six inches.
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Just love the braided round rod been wanting to do that myself being a very amateur blacksmith just starting out....looks great

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Texas and Louisiana blacksmiths are getting together in Bryan on Feb 20th. Steephollow Forgeworks.

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Been there Ron it is actually just about a block from my DW uncles house....it is the annual get together of the Austin based Balcones forge group and HABA, which I am a member. Those brothers that own Steephollow are pretty amazing...if you haven't been you should go the demos rations they put on are great...

As you guessed it at this time of the morning the sterroids are up to no good by keeping me up...lol.

Really good work Terry

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It is on my calendar and I will be trying to attend. I don't have any excuse for being up in the middle of the night. Sometimes I just wake up. I am in my MH that stays parked at my sisters out side of Gatesville. My mother lives on the same property. Went to a family funeral yesterday, my dad's first cousin in Goldthwaite. Staying a few days to visit and work on the MH.. New water heater does not get hot enough, changing out for a hotter thermostat. All that are traveling, stay safe. And for those on the east coast, hunker down and stay warm.

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Good Morning, Ron, MK, That sounds like it would be fun love to watch the blacksmiths work steel, I'm just a "modern" fabricator. 6* this AM, might get to 20* today
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Ya know Terry they say that blacksmithing is easy just "heat, beat,and repeat"....thought that was funny
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