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We had a bit of a problem last evening, we found that the clearance hole for the vertical pivot shaft in the top box section was slightly skewed, and was preventing the bearings from being assembled correctly.

So 7am this morning I was knocking on the door of our landlord's machine shop to get them to open up the hole by 2mm for me, which they did in very quick time, real lifesavers!

After that it all assembled correctly and we had no further issues.







I also spent the morning and rest of the day getting things together for Monday/Tuesday when we spend 2 days at our metalworkers to get the beast assembled up and bring it back.

Last job was to drill the pins for the drawbar hinge joint and try the washers and R clips out.



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Down on the South Coast for 2 days, welding up the chassis:

Drawbar and front axle support frame:



Drawbar frame:



Drawbar pivot (one side):



Front axle bolted to the support frame (upside down):



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Good progress today, (20.23 here in the UK)

Most of the main framing is completed, just the rear X-member to go on and the 34 body mounting brackets along the sides.

A few pictures below:

The two main chassis rails, 120mm X 80mm box section. Stiffening gussets across the outside of the step.


The inverted frame, front section.


Taking the inverted chassis out into the yard so we can flip it over.


The main chassis frame, our youngest son in the background getting ready to help Big Dave (on the left) finish the welding after we flipped the chassis over.


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Finished the chassis yesterday morning, fitted axles and wheels and a temporary lighting board and towed it back home, 150 miles trip.

In to the shot blasters today for shot blast and hot Zinc spray, then up the road for powder coating.

Might try and get a weight first.







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Took it up to the weighbridge, 800kg dead on, or 1760# in old money.

Gross loaded weight is 3500kg or 7700#, the engine goes 1700kg or 3740#, so we have 1000kg or 2200# available for the bodywork and fittings.

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More items on the new trailer:

We have redesigned the front pivot arrangement on the front axle to enable the main vertical pivot pin to have more support, and the finished item is shown below. We reamed out the holes with an adjustable reamer as we were slightly undersize, but otherwise it fits OK.

Two views of the machined piece, the shape of the blank we bought from the scrappie was ideal for the job.





Then on Tuesday we had the body extrusion delivered, this was everything from the cant rails, corner posts, side raves, floor bearers, drip rails/gutters, roof top hats sections and four corner castings for the roof corners where three extrusions meet up.


Delivery of the aluminium extrusion for the body, some of it is 20+ft long and we had a bit of a problem of where to put it all!





Just waiting for the chassis to come out of the shotblasters.

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At last we were able to collect the trailer chassis from the shotblasters today, over 4 weeks since we took it there

Philip looking at the chassis just after we arrived



Although they also do powder coating, they don't have a big enough oven for the main section, so we reassembled the trailer and towed it about 40 miles north to one of our regular painters who have an 8metre (26+feet) oven.

There, we stripped it all down again (we are getting quite good at it by now!) and left it to be powder coated in semi-gloss black polyester.

Trailer just after our arrival.





We also picked up a 5000# pull 12V winch for the trailer from fleabay, that arrived this morning, just as we were leaving to collect the trailer. When we got back we rigged it up with a battery to test it out.

Going back on Friday morning to collect the painted chassis, then the real work starts!

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Forgot to post the picture of the winch:



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Collected the chassis today, 48 hours turnround and a very nice quality job.









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Got it home and spent yesterday getting the body mounts attached and we carried the extrusion sections down from the factory today, one piece over each shoulder, five trips!









That is a spare Land Rover Discovery 2 chassis leaning against the engine tent, also been through the shot blast etc process.

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