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Old 04-24-2018, 04:40 PM   #101
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Drilled and tapped flange then welded onto the tank
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Old 04-24-2018, 04:46 PM   #102
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Lastly I made mounts for the fuel pump and fitted brackets for securing the tank to the chassis. Iíve still to clean up the tank and pressure test it for leaks.
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Old 04-24-2018, 08:12 PM   #103
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Enjoying all the high quality work!!
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Old 04-24-2018, 08:32 PM   #104
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Very nice work on the tank.
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Old 04-24-2018, 08:43 PM   #105
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Old 04-26-2018, 01:04 PM   #106
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Nice fabrication work...
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Old 05-03-2018, 03:44 PM   #107
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Finally got the tank pressure and leak tested. Had 2 pin holes to weld and I also had to weld the inside lip of the sender flange as it was leaking through the screws. I also had to add 2 small o-rings to the sender unit as it was leaking past the bolt and no matter how much the nut was tightened it still leaked. After all the tweaking itís now good to go. Just a shame it will be so long before it sees actual fuel
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Old 08-04-2018, 05:39 PM   #108
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Not a lot to report since the last update. Between work and the kids off school I've only managed a day or 2 on the truck.
I decided to fit the front and rear fenders to check for alignment and check for clearance issues etc. As it turns out i encountered a bigger problem than i was anticipating.

I tried to fit the rear wheels and found that with the rear discs in place and the axle bolted up that no matter what i tried, the wheel just wouldn't fit They are just too wide, i know they fit ok with plenty clearance when in place inside the fenders, so my next problem was how to be able to remove and refit the wheels with the fenders in place. The solution that i came up with after some head scratching, was to make the body tilt. I used self centering bearings and made up the hinges once i had measured and figured where the pivot point should be. The height the body is at is nowhere near where it will be in reality. I'm going to use 2 300lb linear actuators to do the lifting.
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Old 08-04-2018, 05:53 PM   #109
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I boxed out the full rear x member as it was giving far too much flex when the body was lifted, i'd initially only welded in some plate at the hinge area but found this to be inadequate so did the full length. I welded up the seams on the rear panel as it just looked crap, this was also clearanced where the hinges are fitted. With the tank in place and the bed at pretty much the right level, I made up a frame for the bed wood to go on, this will also help to stiffen up and square the body and allow for the actuators to be bolted up.
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Old 08-04-2018, 06:14 PM   #110
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The rear panel in place and the start of the floor frame.
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Old 08-04-2018, 06:39 PM   #111
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Next was the issue of where to mount the actuators. I decided on outside the chassis as this was my best option for mounting angle to avoid too much stress on the actuators. I made up new mounts with captive nuts and welded them in place. The height you see the bed at is the final height, enough clearance for removing the wheels with the added bonus of access to the compressor should the need arise. The actuators are fairly slow operating but with them only ever going to be used to access under the bed i can live with that, they take around a minute and a half to extend so not too drastic. No time to fit the top mounts so vice grips had to do lol
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Old 08-04-2018, 06:47 PM   #112
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And lastly just a pic of how it will sit aired out, not quite on the floor but i'm happy with it. very slight rake front to back.
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Old 08-05-2018, 08:39 AM   #113
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Old 08-05-2018, 03:08 PM   #114
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never stumbled across this build... but now that i have I will be following... my kinda guy! doin a jam up job brother!
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Old 08-05-2018, 05:07 PM   #115
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Thanks guys, just plugging away. Every job finished is a step in the right direction.
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