Tramp Truck Build

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Re: Tramp Truck Build

Postby Michael » Sun Aug 26, 2018 11:59 am

Good progress Ivan.

It looks like we now have a good aluminium building Overlander family at this current time :geek: :lol:

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Re: Tramp Truck Build

Postby bromleyxphil » Sun Aug 26, 2018 12:14 pm

Ivan, looking fantastic, I expected nothing less. Well done mate.

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Re: Tramp Truck Build

Postby Big Monkey » Sun Aug 26, 2018 1:30 pm

Hi Ivan,

Great point about current control. I've only welded ali using a foot pedal. I'll ask my mate about that one.

My tig won't weld ali, and I was about to start looking at something that could, but the mig approach was suggested.

I might rethink my material thickness now that I know you are using 3mm.

I wish you were a bit closer as it would be great to see the build in person.

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Re: Tramp Truck Build

Postby Ivan C » Sun Aug 26, 2018 2:04 pm

Michael, Phil, thanks, still a long way to go yet.
Darren, I bought my TIG from R-Tech and would recommend them. They have a great demo room where you can try before you buy - you're also talking to a welder, rather than a salesman,
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Re: Tramp Truck Build

Postby Big Monkey » Sun Aug 26, 2018 2:16 pm

Hi Ivan,

I was looking at the r-tech machines, so it's good to get some positive feedback. I was wondering about being able to test a machine before buying.

I've always bought Kemmpi machines (mig and tig) but the cost is crazy at the moment. My Kemmpi mig is 15 years old and has seen a lot of use, but is still going strong.

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Re: Tramp Truck Build

Postby Michael » Mon Aug 27, 2018 3:58 pm

I really like my Kempi equipment as well! I only have the Mig Kempi, whilst my Tig is another brand.

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Re: Tramp Truck Build

Postby Ivan C » Sat Sep 29, 2018 3:57 pm

Time for another update.
The box and subframe are now welded,riveted and bonded together. I hope they are happy together because seperation is not an option!
The door frame is sorted, subframe mounts are well progressed and all the bracing gussets are in.
I wasn't happy with the way some (particularly the longer) of the profils were a bit wavy along the edges. This was probably down to a combination of handling, welding and the length of the longest ones.
My solution was to bolt on some steel box the keep them true, the protruding threads will be trimmed at 3mm, to give a clearence for sealer/adhesive.
When all is cured the bolts will be unscrewed, box removed and the holes plugged.
I've deliberated long and hard over the body mounting, to allow rail seperation and have decided against using springs. My (possibly flawed) logic is that springs are for bearing weight, the chassis will do that, what I want is the movement of the subframe and body damped, rather than restricted.
I've roughed up a couple of brackets to allow me to do this, how it will work in practice remains to be seen. Comments welcomed.
I also had a trial fit of the body/subframe combo, just to give an idea of proportion etc.
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Re: Tramp Truck Build

Postby Brian-reynolds » Sat Sep 29, 2018 4:25 pm

Beautiful workmanship there! Well done so far, and thanks for posting it.

Sorry but I can't comment on any of your thoughts as I ain't got a clue!

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Re: Tramp Truck Build

Postby Ivan C » Sun Sep 30, 2018 8:13 am

Kind of you to say Brian, but as any celeb will tell you - photos can flatter :D
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Re: Tramp Truck Build

Postby NeilandPat » Sun Sep 30, 2018 8:28 am

Hi Ivan

Looking fantastic

Ref the dampers instead of springs.

I have not seen this before but cannot think of any reason why it shouldnt work provided the dampers can take the stresses and strains.

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