Today I began working on the tanks.
Well sort of…
I had not really thought about it much, so I was engineering on the fly…. like always.
I knew I was going to use threaded rod and suspend the tanks below the floor.
I just needed to figure out HOW I wanted to make stuff.
I had these brackets that were used on the first truck. So I figured that I should try to re use them somehow.
But they were custom made for the one tank that I was not using.
So I needed to re-engineer them to work with the new tanks.
I start off buy cutting them down with the band saw….and I hear this loud …. PANG!!
Dang blade broke.
Spend an hour calling around…. Do think anyone has a blade that size???
Of course not.
Google is your friend.
Best method was supposed to be a torch and silver solder.
Rummage around in the garage for a while …. Lo and behold I actually have all the right stuff.
Prep the blade, fashion up a quick jig to hold it all together, and …..
Nothing! Try 4 or 5 more times.
Flippin solder would NOT stick to the blade.
Back to google.
This time I find some video that say you can mig weld it.
It actually worked !
Cut all my steel. IMPRESSED!
This is the design I finally settled on.
Grind all my edges clean.
Start welding a few things together.
Dang…. that’s a fine weld sir…
Get about 2 welds done ….. and … nothin …..WTF!!!
It’s now 2 pm on a Friday before a long weekend.
I run out of welding gas. F F S !!!
And my supplier is on the OTHER side of town 45 minutes away, and they close at 5.
Needless to say, no further works got done today.