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Old 11-30-2022, 11:20 AM   #1
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ChurchBuz hatch update.

Been off the forum, but not off the project. Posting pics.

Not sure how often I will be back online. Trying to favor the work time over the internet time.

This first group is cutting the hole and lipping the edge.
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Old 11-30-2022, 11:25 AM   #2
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Tailgate/ hinge

This group is of the hinge and the tailgate
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Old 11-30-2022, 11:34 AM   #3
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Lift hatch

Obviously this stuff is not for the novice if done out of steel, but could ALL be done out of wood. Whether you can drive up on it or not, I will leave that up to you.
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Old 11-30-2022, 11:39 AM   #4
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Inside Lip

This is the geometry that stiffens the opening and provides a stop/ gasket surface
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Old 11-30-2022, 11:41 AM   #5
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Still not done, but getting closer.

Goal is to get it sealed up so that I can put a heater inside and work inside in and keep the dark and cold out.
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Old 11-30-2022, 11:57 AM   #6
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That looks well engineered, very clean, and nicely executed! Thanks for sharing the pics.
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Old 11-30-2022, 12:35 PM   #7
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Brilliant!
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Old 11-30-2022, 04:48 PM   #8
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That is some top-notch fabrication! Well worth turning my head sideways for.
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Old 11-30-2022, 06:06 PM   #9
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That is some top-notch fabrication! Well worth turning my head sideways for.
lol 😂

Yeah, there is that.

For that chuckle, I will post some pics of the top hinge.
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Old 11-30-2022, 06:17 PM   #10
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I really wanted to do hidden hinges. But I was running out of vacation, daylight savings time, and warm weather. After a couple (cardboard) attempts at putting the hinge inside…

…I realized that it just wasn’t worth it.

I felt kind of cheap making them on the outside, but so far, people seem to like them.
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Old 11-30-2022, 06:21 PM   #11
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By notching the plate, I was able to hit both flanges of the rib (with sheet metal screws).

I put Teroson down as a sealer and adhesive. I also put it in the holes before putting the sheet metal screws in.
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Old 11-30-2022, 06:27 PM   #12
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When building hinges, it is super helpful to align them with a single rod.

I did this on both sides, being careful that welding did not pull things in to a bind.

Tacked things together, checked the rod to make sure it turned, welded a little more, checked the rod…

Stayed plenty free! Rod slid in and out just fine.
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Old 12-01-2022, 09:22 PM   #13
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Very unique and great fab work. Keep it up
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Old 12-01-2022, 11:32 PM   #14
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That is some fantastic metal fab work! The design, fit and finish are A+.

Could you please post a link to the door seal you used it looks like that size and style would work well for sealing my underbody storage.

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That is some fantastic metal fab work! The design, fit and finish are A+.

Could you please post a link to the door seal you used it looks like that size and style would work well for sealing my underbody storage.

Thanks

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Here you go. I used a paper catalog and a phone, but they appear to have a website
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Old 12-02-2022, 04:29 PM   #16
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Lip

I broke the stainless by clamping it to a table, and hitting it with a hammer lol. And looks ok.

I did use VHB Tape to stick it on before riveting.

Used clamps to set the tape.

Drilled holes before taking the protective film off.
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