The Garbage Truck: Phase 3 - Fabrication

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The Garbage Truck: Phase 3 - Fabrication

Post by akjason » Thu Apr 02, 2015 8:25 am

A little light background reading:
The Garbage Truck: Phase One – Design
The Garbage Truck: Phase 2 - Donor Prep

I've officially entered phase 3 of my buggy project with the arrival of the plates for my axle trusses. Phase 1 and 2 are still in full effect, and phase 3 is going to be pretty slow to take off, so don't start thinking that I'm going to be posting all kinds of build pics and have a rolling chassis by the end of the month. We all know that's not going to happen any time soon!

Anyway, on to the good stuff. I had a shop laser cut and CNC bend these plates for the axle trusses, using 1/4" and 3/16" plate. This is a professional shop, so I got it all tagged with part numbers and wrapped on a pallet.
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Pile of truss parts.
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My very quick preliminary inspection shows them to be exactly what I expected - the main truss plates slip onto the axles perfectly. You can see all the slots that will locate the supporting plates and control-arm/shock tabs.
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Re: The Garbage Truck: Phase 3 - Fabrication

Post by TwoStep » Thu Apr 02, 2015 5:50 pm

Looks sweet... get ready to be asked "how much for a set of them truss plates"!!
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Re: The Garbage Truck: Phase 3 - Fabrication

Post by foxdig » Thu Apr 02, 2015 7:27 pm

W. O. D called, wanted to know if you have a patent for that yet?

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Re: The Garbage Truck: Phase 3 - Fabrication

Post by uglyoffroad » Mon Apr 06, 2015 8:15 pm

Looking good. I like the fact that your upper link mounts can be mounted about as close as possible to the top of the diff.
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Re: The Garbage Truck: Phase 3 - Fabrication

Post by akjason » Tue Apr 07, 2015 8:26 am

Yup Jon, that was one of my goals, thanks for noticing. I could've gotten them closer, but not without welding to the cast center section, which I wanted to avoid.

I doubt there's anything patent-worthy there Bill, but I wouldn't mind eventually selling these at some point Bobby. The 14B truss is pretty specific to my application, but I can easily make something similar that's generic (flat top so you can put your brackets where you want). The front should work well for anyone with a D60 and double ended ram/high steer. I'd have to get my hands on a Ford D60 to see what would need to change for driver drop.

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Re: The Garbage Truck: Phase 3 - Fabrication

Post by LoBi » Tue Apr 07, 2015 2:11 pm

You can bring it to me and I could demo it for you [GRINNING FACE WITH SMILING EYES]


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Re: The Garbage Truck: Phase 3 - Fabrication

Post by akjason » Tue Apr 07, 2015 2:38 pm

If only I had a truck, or even something with a hitch. But you're more than welcome to bring your fancy new axle to me to test it out!

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Re: The Garbage Truck: Phase 3 - Fabrication

Post by LoBi » Tue Apr 07, 2015 3:31 pm

We may be able to work something out sometime


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Re: The Garbage Truck: Phase 3 - Fabrication

Post by akjason » Thu Apr 09, 2015 11:08 am

Great news! My top secret sheet metal shop is in the process of installing a laser tube cutter, so all my work on the chassis will now be able to go from CAD files to a pallet of CNC coped tubes. Stay tuned! :mrgreen:

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Post by LoBi » Thu Apr 09, 2015 12:39 pm

Nice


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Re: The Garbage Truck: Phase 3 - Fabrication

Post by DmcGill3 » Thu Apr 09, 2015 12:49 pm

That's cool


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Re: The Garbage Truck: Phase 3 - Fabrication

Post by foxdig » Thu Apr 09, 2015 8:34 pm

Ok, so exactly what is that,for us uneducated rednecks? A tubing notcher?

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Post by CJ51973 » Thu Apr 09, 2015 8:51 pm

foxdig wrote:Ok, so exactly what is that,for us uneducated rednecks? A tubing notcher?
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Re: The Garbage Truck: Phase 3 - Fabrication

Post by akjason » Thu Apr 09, 2015 9:32 pm

A very repeatable precise tubing notcher, that can incorporate locating features for self-fixturing. Great for making exact copies of the same part for production runs.
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Re: The Garbage Truck: Phase 3 - Fabrication

Post by foxdig » Fri Apr 10, 2015 8:20 pm

Gotcha, now I understand!

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