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Old 04-11-2010, 01:22 PM
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Here are the completed dump truck pics. It was a very educational project for me. I bid it as three days and I have about 16 hours in it. I am sure the guys who do this regularly could have done it in one, but that is the nature of the oddball type of work that I get from time to time, gotta learn how it all works first. I shortened the bed 3 feet, modified the mounting brackets, rewelded the pivot points onto the bed and the frame. It was the first time in a while for out of position stick welds (7018 overhead and vert up), so I included a couple of pcs showing those. I also mounted the trailer hitch and wired the lights. There was also a repair to the front of the bed where it had smacked into something and bent it backwards. I used a ratchet strap onto my forklift and a torch to straigten it back up.
One of the other benifits of this job was that it forced me into finishing my A/C powered hydraulic pump, as this truck doesn't have one on it yet and the owner doesn't want to buy one yet (cash flow issues like everyone else), but needed the truck to work out of.

Thanks for all the help getting this together.
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Old 04-11-2010, 01:23 PM
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and some more
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Old 04-11-2010, 02:29 PM
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Looks good from here, Andy.
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Old 04-11-2010, 04:49 PM
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Andy,

Looks like you did a great job on that unit. Did the hydraulics on the truck just not work, or were they not hooked up? Those hydraulic power packs sure do come in handy. A friend updated his cement trucks and gave me several of the DC powered ones they replaced. I made a cart for one of the units and a battery, and made a couple of adapter hoses so I can hook it up to different applications.

PS.....That Metabo grinder you sent me is used fairly often and keeps on going..........thanks.
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Old 04-11-2010, 05:56 PM
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Pat, he just didn't have a pump on this truck yet. If you want to sell one of the pumps that you have shoot me a PM.
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Old 04-11-2010, 07:00 PM
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That is a fine looking job there.

Watch out, if that guy you fixed it for has a portable generator or big inverter he may want your electric power pack.

Rent it to him.

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Old 04-11-2010, 08:33 PM
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Nice job Andy dump trucks are not the easiest to work on.

Just one comment on safety, I didn't see a block holding the box up? If you were working on it with it down no problem.

Almost lost my uncle with one up and working on it. If his son hadn't been there he wouldn't have made it.

Always be extra safe than sorry.
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Old 04-11-2010, 09:31 PM
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Mailtrain, it has a safety leg on the drivers side, which is what the notch out in the tubing rail is for. I took the pic without it down, as I wasn't under there. When I was welding with it up I had the saety leg down as well as a couple of timbers in place. I can't imagine even greasing the thing without a prop of some sort in place, though people do it al the time, I may be too chicken, but I'm an alive chicken.
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Walker thats a thing of beauty. Good job. Kevin
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Old 04-11-2010, 09:59 PM
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Nice job on the bed and I agree that a person should never get under anything like that w/out it being propped up. Your first mistake could be your last.
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