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Ordered some 3/4" UNF nuts from an ebay supplier, they sent 3/8" UNF....

Got a couple of Nylocs turned down so we could weld the 3/4" bolts into the box section and check to see how the bearings seated on the surfaces that had been machined.

All looks OK, will finally assemble next week, then we are taking all of the 'small' bits down to the metalbashers to have a chat about the final chassis assembly.

There is also a big weld waste mark inside where the box was welded, I'll have to take that out with the Dremel where the plastic spacer sits against that face. You can see it at the top inner face on the second picture.

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Replacement 3/4" UNF nuts turned up this morning, plus an 1-1/16" combination spanner.

Then I realised that Nylocs are 1-1/16" A/F, but the plain nuts are 1-1/8" A/F, so I'll need another spanner for the plain nuts

Went up to the farm today and put the big 6-wheel trailer into its winter home, it's on hard standing and between the farm buildings and a row of containers so protected from the weather to a degree,

As the ground was a bit soft I used the low range on the Discovery and kept the rev's down, gently does it

We have put preservative oil onto the exposed bits of the engine in the back of the trailer, and it has a decent sheet over it as well.

Looking forward to our first outing next year!

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One of the last jobs to do, cleaning out the seam weld inside the top box section. Had I thought of it at the time, I could have asked for the holes to be reversed in the two faces, as the larger hole doesn't have anything inside that bears on that face, so the weld wouldn't matter.

As it is I got the grinder in and cleaned it up today. The 8mm thick plastic washer goes between the thrust bearing and the inside top face, taking all of the front axle weight.

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All the material is at the metalbashers for final assembly, we have kept the axles and wheels back as they haven't the room to store those inside at present.

We took the small fittings and trailer coupling down last week.

Final chassis assembly has been pushed back to January as they are stacked out with work and need a big area for the chassis to be welded up in.

Final few tweaks to the drawings, nothing major, and then we'll have to wait for the call.

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Happy new Year to everyone, hope you all had a good Xmas.

The final metal pieces were laser cut for the chassis and should be in the workshop at Eastbourne next week. We didn't order sufficient of the plain gussets, and didn't order the two large gussets for the outside of the step in the frame.

Small plain gussets are fairly well used:


Philip welding one of the big gussets on the 6-wheel chassis:


Big gussets more visible from the side:


My medical for my truck driving licences (Group 2 Vocational Licences) was this week, they take it away at 70 yrs and you have to take a pretty stiff medical before you get it back again.

With the heart operation and the breast cancer, I have had to postpone renewal until I was medically OK to take the medical exam.

Fingers crossed!

Peter

NB: Our basic car licence allows me to drive a car up to 3.5 tons plus a similar weight trailer. Then you go to the Group 2 licences, C1 and C1E for trucks up to 7.5 tonnes and a trailer to 4.5 tonnes if you have the full licence. The last one I have is a full truck licence, C and CE, that allows me to drive a rigid truck up to 4 axles and a trailer, combined weight 32 tons I think.
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Good luck, Peter, with the license.

I guess if you don't get it, you could have Rita get one. Then, you would have a driver and you could just sit back and relax.
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Good luck, Peter, with the license.

I guess if you don't get it, you could have Rita get one. Then, you would have a driver and you could just sit back and relax.
Rita already has a C1 / C1E licence, that is up to 8250kg truck and trailer train weight.

If you passed your driving test prior to 1997 you get a 'Grandfather Rights' licence, with a Code 107 against the groups on your licence photocard, that limits the weight to 8250kg train weight. The full weight is 12000kg which you get if you take the driving test for that group..

I need the C1 licence to drive the Mercedes by itself, but the C1E licence (truck and trailer) isn't heavy enough for the Mercedes and our 6-wheel trailer with the Ruston in the back, as that would gross 9400kg against 8250 kg allowed on my licence, which would have the Code 107 restriction.

That's where the heavier C and CE licences come in, I can drive the Mercedes and trailer on my CE licence (40 tons) but holding that licence uprates the C1E to the full 12000kg, so it covers me both ways.

There's another 'gotcha': Under C1E licences, the laden weight of the trailer must not exceed the unladen weight of the towing vehicle, so in the case of our 6-wheel trailer, the towing vehicle must weigh more than 3500kg. If I tow using the Discovery on my car licence, that doesn't apply.

It's a bit convoluted!

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Bit of an update, our metalworkers have been bought out by one of their bigger customers and are moving to bigger premises, so the trailer chassis assembly has had to be postponed for a while.

We are taking a break after two years of medical stuff, we will be in CA for a couple of weeks, hoping for some warmer weather.

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It's been a while, but after our metalworkers were the subject of a take-over, things are being welded up as I type.

They have moved to new premises, the new owners are one of their big customers, but the trailer chassis and a couple of other jobs are still at their old premises.

The main side rails are welded up, should be completed this week.

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Chassis for the new trailer is coming together, main side members finished, with body attachment brackets in place. 100X100 box sections ready to weld in across the step in the frame, two angle pieces are the floor supports at each end of the floor.

This is about 4ft shorter than the 6-wheel trailer.

All of the small parts including the main steering pivot are there, a 7.5 metre length of 100X50X5mm box was delivered today.

Axles and wheels are at the factory.

Pictures are phone camera, sorry! taken yesterday.
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