So I have still been working on the "basement" storage, but since I have been spending roughly 40 hours per week painting the inside of a house by myself, I haven't had a ton of time, except on the weekends. But this weekend I had a ton of distractions.
First, there was the arc welder which I was playing with. My first arc welds on 1/4" steel:
Then my Dad's friend who owns an Acura NSX came over with the front hubs from it and wanted me to pull out old / press in new bearings. So that took an hour when factoring in removing popped-out raceways from the hub.
Then my neighbor came over unannounced looking to fix the new rust hole in his Mercedes 300TD under the drivers seat that caused the seat to partially fall out. So we rigged a repair (temporary until time allows to properly deal with the rust situation) out of old Thomas bus skin steel. That's right, we put some American steak in a bowl of (rotting) sauerkraut.
THEN my dad's friend from high school came over and he likes to talk a lot.
Once I finally got some damn work done, I kept chugging away at these ever-evolving storage box frames:
Done (finally) and primed:
I got my dad to prime them for me since I had pained for the entire week and might snap if I had to touch a brush or roller again without a couple days' break.
Primed rectangles - bottom mounts for fresh water tanks.
Unprimed straights - connecting / supporting pieces between top and bottom frames for fresh tanks. 16 total, 8 per tank.
Long pieces with holes - supporting beam / bracket for rears of storage boxes.
Drilled out 1/4" angle and bus frame for grey tank mounts:
And test fit tanks:
Everything fits. The tanks clear the frame rails widthwise by about 3/16" on each side. I will side the tanks with 16 ga sheet steel to prevent any rub and to contain them better. I still need to build a smaller "containing" frame to keep the tanks from sliding / bouncing around, as the angle / square tube pictured exists basically just to hold the weight. I will work on this once I have the fat steel painted and mounted so I don't screw up any measurements.
Test fitting the larger passenger side storage bin while grey tanks are in. It fits great EXCEPT one goof I made, on the center rear support which is double angle, the leg(?) of the angle sticks into the square tubing on one of the supports. However I should be fine notching the storage frame to accommodate this since it is quite overbuilt as is.
I will keep chugging away at this frame business this weekend. For anyone considering building out basement storage in a similar manner, I highly recommend it so far, just get a couple people together who are knowledgable in metalworking. Say one to cut metal, one to clean prior to welding and one to weld, make an assembly line, and you could knock these out in a day or two. Also, having multiple 20 amp circuits and / or 220 volt tools and a welder with a high duty cycle would help.