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brendonv

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Follow along as I cut, weld, fabricate my own all aluminum custom chip box to fit a Truck Craft aluminum dumping flatbed over the next 2-3 weeks.

The box is two part, 48" sides, with a removable 12" top portion on top of that. Tailgate will be 36" tall, allowing us to haul approx 10 + yds of chip with a nine foot long body.

The sides are 3/16" aluminum sheet, the channel, square, rectangles, and angle are all .125/.130.

Heres the trucks flatbed, and the first round of material being cut.
 

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Here is a over priced competitors unit. Ive seen these in person and the welds and fit up leave plenty of room for improvement. The design is similar, yet i will add what i think will be plenty of improvements and design changes.

Look how wavy the bottom square sits on the flatbed. Last they quoted me 8-9 g's for one iirc.
 

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emr

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Having just gone through the ordering process I know how expensive chip bodies are. I'm curious what will your box cost roughly in materials? Obviously you're a good welder and that has to be great so you can get exactly what you want and of the quality that you want.



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Dave Shepard

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What kind of welder do you have for aluminum? That box in the pic doesn't look like it's very well built.
 

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For the chip truck we used, my boss converted an old Ryder truck. Chopped a few feet off, put in a discarded county electrician trucks metal gear storage box then added a hydraulic PTO dump.

It was beautiful. Always ran, A gloss 'almost UPS brown' paint job -with tan vinyl decal down the box. The floor was wood -and we would periodically pour our used motor oil onto to preserve it.
 

brendonv

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Dave,

Ive got a miller syncrowave 250. Ive been teaching myself tig over the last year about. I love it. MWelds are pretty and pass multiple smash tests. Lol
 

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What are some tips you could give to a beginner? I have read some debate about different gasses and electrode? composition. What are you using?

I have a big ugly Lincoln ideal arc 300 with a water cooled tig gun that i am dying to try out.
 

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Im using 3/32 2% lanthanated electrodes mostly. Last week i turned aluminum ramps into truck sides for a guy and i needed to bump up to 1/8" electrode for the thicker material. But most i do uses the "smaller" electrode.

Straight argon, and ya gotta know your settings on the machine. Clean material makes worlds of differences. ( wipe with acetone after brushing). Basically hood time. I burned through two larger tanks of argon, and dipped my fair share of electrodes.:lol:
 

Dave Shepard

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I have underestimated your sneakiness!:lol: I have an old Miller TIG that I use for aluminum. I use straight argon and pure tungsten. Never tried any of the others. I always ball the tungsten on a piece of scrap al.
 

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Cut 80% of material today.

Heres the parts for the removable top. Angled for less wind and appearance.

Ill be able to remove the lightweight top, load firewood, mulch, soil, whatever.
 

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