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Old 06-07-2012, 09:40 PM   #81
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I think I'll actually use 3 metal straps per tank,will cut them out of some 20 ga left over from the windows. The ribs will just box them in, today I pondered how I would have access to the tanks if the ribs support the weight. Thinking would be better to have a removable plate on the bottom as to be able to drop the tanks for whatever reason they might have to be dropped. Hoping to get some time this weekend to work the devils out.
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Old 06-08-2012, 10:10 PM   #82
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Got some of the tank area sorted out today. Installed the first rib section, 2" from here, 1/2" from there, you know that story, also got the second rib fitted.
While under the rear, I found my brake fluid leak, both sides , at the very least, new wheel cylinders and new rubber lines are in the future. Suzy says I should go ahead and amputate everything above the neck, on account of flesh eating bacteria.
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Old 06-08-2012, 10:24 PM   #83
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Time to start putting something new in!
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Old 06-09-2012, 12:22 PM   #84
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Got some of the tank area sorted out today. Installed the first rib section, 2" from here, 1/2" from there, you know that story, also got the second rib fitted.
While under the rear, I found my brake fluid leak, both sides , at the very least, new wheel cylinders and new rubber lines are in the future. Suzy says I should go ahead and amputate everything above the neck, on account of flesh eating bacteria.

I don't want to be an armchair engineer, but if those are 55 gallon drums, I don't think your bracing is strong enough. Your weight will roughly be 450 lb. when the tanks are full. If those bolts are just from the hardware store, they might sheer when you are bouncing down the freeway. Not trying to nitpick.
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Old 06-09-2012, 12:30 PM   #85
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i thought he was going to weld them after he test fit it first...
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Old 06-09-2012, 12:36 PM   #86
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I don't want to be an armchair engineer, but if those are 55 gallon drums, I don't think your bracing is strong enough. Your weight will roughly be 450 lb. when the tanks are full. If those bolts are just from the hardware store, they might sheer when you are bouncing down the freeway. Not trying to nitpick.
The tanks are 30 gal tanks, planning to hang them with three 2" straps cut from some 20 ga CRS each. The bolts are indeed from the hardware store, they are only temporary while I get everything mocked up, then I'm going to weld it all up. The framing won't support the tank weight, I'm trying to build some storage bins while protecting the tanks at the same time. Plan to cut the skirt at the rub rail and hinge it to access the storage. Still working out the details though.
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Old 06-09-2012, 05:35 PM   #87
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ha ATCC77 where Ga are u ? iam in northern GA,need to get together and shoot the bull and u can see my bus...
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Old 06-09-2012, 10:23 PM   #88
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Keith,
I am in Powder Springs, @20 miles west of atlanta and 8 miles noth of I-20. Would love to see your bus.

chev49 and crazycal,- I find that when building something from scratch, I tend to tweak things ALOT.Using these bolts allows me to make these adjustments/design changes easily and quickly, when your me, that's important. By the time I'm done this thing is going to be srong, not only will the framing be welded. but the sheetmetal will also be welded in place.
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I just wanted to make sure you didn't have any problems.
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Old 06-09-2012, 11:18 PM   #90
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No worries , Thanks for looking out.
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