First time build- Design review and build

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Re: First time build- Design review

Post by ACC » December 3rd, 2016, 11:02 am

ACC wrote: You might consider cutting the top door seam a bit past 12:00 (on the backside of top dead center. Cover the seam with flat bar/flange welded to the CC door. The thought is that rain water would run downhill away from the top seam. If you cut it at 11:00 (on the door side of TDC), The flange may not protect the seam. Rain water would run towards the top seam and into the CC.
Holy smoke, what was going wrong with my brain when I wrote this? For some reason I was thinking that the 11:00 position was on the front side of the pipe. Please accept my apology for injecting stupidity to your thread.



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Re: First time build- Design review and build

Post by Higee » December 10th, 2016, 4:46 pm

ACC, Haha now worries, "I thought I was doing that" is what went thru my head.



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Re: First time build- Design review and build

Post by Higee » December 19th, 2016, 8:32 pm

The holidays have slowed me down but I am making some progress this week.

I cut the bottom out for my 2" drain and threaded the pipe. Do you guys typically have it just straight down or angled a bit? Found that I have cut the hole in the baffle plate a little to close to the edge of the pit but will make it work.

Decided that I could not let the shimmy/slippage in the doorway go so I replaced the hinges today to take out the play that it had.

On another note, I started the build for the trailer so I can make this pit mobile, 5'x 7' out of 2" x 2" square tubing
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Re: First time build- Design review and build

Post by Big T » December 19th, 2016, 8:46 pm

I usually go straight down on the drain but it doesn't matter if it's angled, it doesn't affect the performance either way.


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Re: First time build- Design review and build

Post by Higee » December 19th, 2016, 8:54 pm

I don't think i'll ever need to rethread the ball valve onto the pipe again so I should be fine going straight down.



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Re: First time build- Design review and build

Post by Higee » December 21st, 2016, 8:32 pm

making progress again.

Welded the drain pipe in and one end of the pit is now sealed. Firepit side will be welded tomorrow.

Question about the trailer, are the axles typically placed near the back for a pit trailer or in the middle?



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Re: First time build- Design review and build

Post by Big T » December 21st, 2016, 10:02 pm

Usually the axle is as close to the FB as possible on most builds. If the tongue weight is light you can add a wood basket or something else to add a little weight.


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Re: First time build- Design review and build

Post by Higee » December 27th, 2016, 1:39 am

where do you guys buy your trailer parts from?



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Re: First time build- Design review and build

Post by Rodcrafter » December 27th, 2016, 6:45 am

I get mine from etrailer.com


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Re: First time build- Design review and build

Post by Big T » December 27th, 2016, 8:13 pm

:yth:


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Re: First time build- Design review and build

Post by Smurf » December 27th, 2016, 10:56 pm

:kewl: Another vote for e trailer.com



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Re: First time build- Design review and build

Post by Higee » December 29th, 2016, 12:15 am

Ended up going with Champion Trailers they had the 5" spacing that I needed to match my rims and they had a full kit for the trailer.



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Re: First time build- Design review and build

Post by Higee » December 29th, 2016, 10:06 pm

Little brother showed up and showed me what a nice weld looks like.



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Re: First time build- Design review and build

Post by ajfoxy » December 29th, 2016, 11:43 pm

Nice to have someone who knows how to achieve a good weld. Better still if it is family and they won't charge you for the info.. :D
Now to get him to show you how to achieve the same. That is a real winner :beer:


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Re: First time build- Design review and build

Post by Higee » January 4th, 2017, 8:52 pm

he kept telling me the grinder is my friend. :).
he was adjusting the settings and telling me about it.



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Re: First time build- Design review and build

Post by Higee » January 4th, 2017, 8:54 pm

I have 15" tires that I will put on the trailer. Which leads me to a trailer question.

is there a reason to put the axle between the spring and the trailer or under it. is it just a height issue or are there some ride benefits? thanks
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Re: First time build- Design review and build

Post by Tom_Heath » January 4th, 2017, 9:45 pm

Spring under or over is preference for height providing you have room for spring travel. Other then that it's about what you want and need.


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Re: First time build- Design review and build

Post by Big T » January 4th, 2017, 10:32 pm

If the axle is under the spring all the U-bolts do is keep the axle in place. If the axle is on top of the spring you need to be sure that the U-bolts are in good shape because they will be holding the weight of the trailer.


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Re: First time build- Design review and build

Post by Rodcrafter » January 6th, 2017, 7:59 am

The height is important when it comes to the FB. You want to maintain at least 6" clearance.


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Re: First time build- Design review and build

Post by Higee » January 8th, 2017, 9:39 pm

Went with the axle on top of the springs so I could get the desired height on the pit without having to cut into the trailer.

I finally got around to welding the firebox onto the CC so I could then add the height to the trailer, true numbers instead of what was on paper.


My plan is to get the pit welded onto the trailer by the end of this next week.
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Re: First time build- Design review and build

Post by Higee » January 12th, 2017, 9:53 pm

so it's been a busy week on the pit and I met my goal a day early of getting it mounted to the trailer.
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Re: First time build- Design review and build

Post by temurf » January 12th, 2017, 10:56 pm

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Re: First time build- Design review and build

Post by Big T » January 12th, 2017, 11:29 pm

It's a great feeling when you get it to where you can move it around. Looks great!!


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Re: First time build- Design review and build

Post by mp4 » January 13th, 2017, 9:00 am

Looking good - you'll be cooking soon!



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