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Old 01-03-2016, 05:40 PM   #1321
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Tango, just wondering do we get consultation wages and paid vacation through all this??
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Old 01-03-2016, 06:14 PM   #1322
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My vote is measure, drill and weld reinforced nutplates on the other side and bolt it in place
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Old 01-03-2016, 10:28 PM   #1323
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I'm sure my vote will get "screwed".......
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Old 01-04-2016, 09:55 AM   #1324
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Thanks for reinforcing my decision guys. Yesterday I went to the Depot and stocked up on new drill bits, then came back and started punching holes. I am using 1/4" self tappers all around with a heavy dose of seam sealer under the mounting lip. The floor in this old gal is heavy metal and in great shape just about everywhere, so like the wheel wells...the box will get screwed. Down, that is. Also got a coat of primer (self etching) over all and started laying down a rubberized coating on the inside. Will add some more (about 4 coats) then top it with truck bed liner for a little tougher finish. All that is to protect the steel from any gassing from the batteries. The LifeLine batteries are supposedly fully sealed, but...I want to play it safe. It will also get a heavy dose of undercoating on the underside as well. Then comes the insulation. I figure if I can keep the batteries closer to the interior temp they will give me peak performance and a longer life. We'll see.

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Old 01-04-2016, 10:05 AM   #1325
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Will there be a vent, incase gasses do form?
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Old 01-04-2016, 11:20 AM   #1326
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Roger a small vent. I'm adding one in spite of the claims it is not necessary. Who knows, at some point I might have to replace the fancy, schmancy LifeLines with some WallyWorld Acid Queens.
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Old 01-05-2016, 05:14 PM   #1327
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Howdy All --- just ran across another set of handy calculators that folks here might find some uses for. Courtesy of Spicer no less. They include more than I can list here so take a look and see if there is anything there you can use.

Spicer Tool Kit

I found the above while trying to calculate my driveshaft speed (like everything else on this rig...I have to make one from scratch).

Below is the formula I found for that puzzle just in case anyone is too chicken to ride under the belly and count the RPM's going down the road. This one courtesy of The Driveshaft Shop. Thanks guys.

To check for critical speed, calculate this equation:

Top speed x 336 (a constant) x rear ratio (like 4.10), then divide it by the tire height (such as 28” tall tire).



Here is an example:

Top speed is 160mph x 336 = 53760 x rear ratio of 4.10 = 220416, then divide this number by the tire height, 28”. This car would have top RPM of 7872. Now the shaft being designed will need to be able to so this RPM.


MINE=

65mph x 336 = 21840 x 4.30 = 93912 divided by 33.6" = 2795 rpms
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Old 01-05-2016, 05:48 PM   #1328
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My vote is measure, drill and weld reinforced nutplates on the other side and bolt it in place
I kinda like the weld nuts with bolts over the self tappers myself, with something that heavy.... but that's me.
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Thats handy!!
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Old 01-06-2016, 02:22 PM   #1330
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Is everyone else enjoying the same crappy weather we've been having here in Houston for the last two months!? Chilly, overcast and your choice of either drizzle or rain. I know, I know. Some of you folks have that mysterious white stuff to deal with but, hey. This is supposed to be the Tropics! I want my share of Global Warming! At least then I could do a little paint work. As it is, my "quick dry" rattle can work takes 3 days to set up.
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