Like I already said, everything takes longer than you think it's gonna, especially when your working alone. Figured I'd wait a couple days so it'd seem like I got a lil progress done, lol. And hope I don't mess up words too much, been drinkin a bit of wiskey (Pendleton, NW CONUS guys will know it, damn good
Went ahead and painted the frame black. I didn't do this in perfect order, I know things could be handled better. But a 90"x48" piece of 1/8" tread plate ain't easy to move around by yourself. Then I laid the plate on top. Because I'm doing a funky arse length (8'6") bed I had the metal shop cut the sheets 6 inches short to lay side ways and then used the cutoff on the front. Was gonna use them on the back but my friend pointed out that the front should be a lower impact area and would be better for the extra seam.
Anyways, I messed up a little and the pass side front to rear length was a 1/4" longer than the driver side so I had to make some adjustments. Lined the front 6" plate pieces up with the front cross member and then lined the big sheets up with that. Luckily the sheets were actually 8'6.25" (which made the cutoffs 6.25") so then I just had to mark and cut a slither off the rear to line the tread plate up with the rear cross member. Then to re-enforce the front seam I added in some extra 3" channel, as you can see. Can't see that rear 1/4" cant with the naked eye
Then I measured the deepest lip of the tread plate overhang of the cross members; ended up being .07". So I cut all the rest to the same depth so as to let the tread plate sit on the scrap outer plate (4" flat, 3/16" thick) I had laying around. Cuts were all done with an angle grinder and cutting blade.
I fully welded the middle of the 2 big plates, stitch welded in order to keep down on warping. Probably did 20 different short welds spaced out alternating from pass to drvr side and I still got warping that you can see if you look closely.
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