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Old 11-16-2017, 07:20 AM   #21
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Hope your welder's running hot enough to penetrate the heat treated steel.
If your using wire the welds might look pretty especially if you didn't clean the paint but that doesn't meen the weld actually penetrated the tempered metal? In my mind some grade 6-8 bolts are in order or a stick welder with a 60 rod as a penetrator and a 70 rod as a high strength cover with a spray bottle with oil sprayed while hot to keep the temper in the metal.
I know a lot of us don't care about manufacturers specs because we are not held to them but your and the others insurance company will eat your !!! If there is ever a problem? They are going to anyway but a custom hitch hauling a trailer comes loose from a SKOOLIE?
Not saying your not doing it right? And not trying step on toes?
A wire welder won't stick to heat treated steel properly without some extra steps.
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Old 11-16-2017, 10:18 AM   #22
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Old 11-18-2017, 05:18 PM   #23
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Finished the hitch. This shorty tows well. Next up ill start building the folding bed and fresh water tank.
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Old 11-18-2017, 08:43 PM   #24
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Finished the hitch. This shorty tows well. Next up ill start building the folding bed and fresh water tank.
Looks very nice. Hitch looks very slick.
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Old 11-19-2017, 09:03 PM   #25
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Hope your welder's running hot enough to penetrate the heat treated steel.
If your using wire the welds might look pretty especially if you didn't clean the paint but that doesn't meen the weld actually penetrated the tempered metal? In my mind some grade 6-8 bolts are in order or a stick welder with a 60 rod as a penetrator and a 70 rod as a high strength cover with a spray bottle with oil sprayed while hot to keep the temper in the metal.
I know a lot of us don't care about manufacturers specs because we are not held to them but your and the others insurance company will eat your !!! If there is ever a problem? They are going to anyway but a custom hitch hauling a trailer comes loose from a SKOOLIE?
Not saying your not doing it right? And not trying step on toes?
A wire welder won't stick to heat treated steel properly without some extra steps.
Are you suggesting people try to weld on critical components without removing the paint off the frame? This frame has welded on components and ford says you can weld on it so I dont see the problem. 240 amps is what I used, the frame and the tubing are both 3/17" wall. The bumper is going back on with a hole in it for the hitch. Even in the extremely unlikely event the hitch does fail it is captured by the bus bumper and cannot physically come loose from the bus.
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Old 11-19-2017, 09:14 PM   #26
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Looks very nice. Hitch looks very slick.
Thank you. I build race car parts so I have to get out of the superlight mindset when I build something for the bus.
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Old 11-20-2017, 11:37 AM   #27
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Where can I find more info on your friend'friend's International? May consider a full size bus and no trailer.
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Old 11-20-2017, 02:08 PM   #28
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Nice welding and good looking set up.

I managed to get my toys inside and sleep 4 comfortably or 6 intimately..lol

Class 1 Baja is shown in it. Drag car fits also as it should.

The "garage" in the bus was built to accept 118 inch wheel base car, 45 inch nose over hang and 80 inch wheelie bars. Folding ramps in the belly boxes and the ramp door has legs to hold it on the same angle as the inside.

I will be putting in vintage Asphalt and Dirt Modifieds this spring.
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Old 11-20-2017, 02:18 PM   #29
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Nice welding and good looking set up.

I managed to get my toys inside and sleep 4 comfortably or 6 intimately..lol

Class 1 Baja is shown in it. Drag car fits also as it should.

The "garage" in the bus was built to accept 118 inch wheel base car, 45 inch nose over hang and 80 inch wheelie bars. Folding ramps in the belly boxes and the ramp door has legs to hold it on the same angle as the inside.

I will be putting in vintage Asphalt and Dirt Modifieds this spring.
Any more interior pics? Rear door? Ramp attachment and vehicle tie down points? I'm seriously considering this type of build in place of a smaller bus and trailer.
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Old 11-20-2017, 02:21 PM   #30
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Any more interior pics? Rear door? Ramp attachment and vehicle tie down points? I'm seriously considering this type of build in place of a smaller bus and trailer.
I have some around. It isnt pretty. money has been spent on the drag car...lol

I will get some for you this weekend if I cannot find any on my computer at home. It is stored at the race shop and I will not make it there until the weekend.
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