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dukebradbury



Joined: 13 Oct 2009
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Location: Spokane 5-mile

PostPosted: Sat Oct 22, 2011 6:49 pm    Post subject: Front Beam Jig Reply with quote

Stole this idea from Eric, I hope you don't mind Very Happy

Had some scrap metal and some free time. Not necessary but
it will make narrowing my beam easier!



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Long-roofs



Joined: 23 Aug 2007
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Location: valley

PostPosted: Sun Oct 23, 2011 8:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice, that will work! When welding, take out the outer bushings/bearings.
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dukebradbury



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Location: Spokane 5-mile

PostPosted: Sun Oct 23, 2011 8:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks.

Thanks for that tip. Probably would have forgot and had to buy some new ones!

I still need to put in some center torsion "locaters" like yours has.

Been busy building a deck so it was nice to get a little time.
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klokwerk



Joined: 21 Oct 2011
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 26, 2011 11:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This looks awesome!

Just got my 67 and I've been looking into a narrowed beam.
How difficult is it to do it yourself?

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dukebradbury



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 26, 2011 11:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks klokwerk,

The idea is real straight forward.

This is my 1st beam and has been relatively easy. I ran into a couple issues but got through them.

Couple guys on the site have done beams (Eric for one) and are more than willing to give some advice.

Any questions or concerns, feel free to post them!
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Troy Hobbs



Joined: 05 Aug 2003
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 26, 2011 2:49 pm    Post subject: Front Beam Jig Reply with quote

Duke's jig is for a bus beam, beetle is a whole different animal
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klokwerk



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PostPosted: Fri Oct 28, 2011 4:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Troy. I realized that after. But wouldn't a similar jig for a bug look the same?
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Troy Hobbs



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PostPosted: Sat Oct 29, 2011 3:05 pm    Post subject: Front Beam Jig Reply with quote

not really, the bus bolts on with the end plates, a beetle bolts to the frame head in the middle off the tubes
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dssbk



Joined: 03 May 2007
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 29, 2011 5:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey klokwerk,
Are you replacing the end plates or are you just welding in some adjusters?
If you replace the end plates, just punch out the bearings, cut your beam to whatever length you want it, weld your plates on, and install some urethane bushings in place of the bearings.
If you are just welding in adjusters , make sure you cut one tube at a time or you will have trouble lining it back up. (I use angle iron and c-clamps to line up the tube and adjuster prior to welding) Good Luck!!!

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klokwerk



Joined: 21 Oct 2011
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 31, 2011 12:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm still learning how the front end works.
To be honest, I don't know what I'm doing just yet.

Thanks for the tips. I'll be sure to keep it in mind.

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dukebradbury



Joined: 13 Oct 2009
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Location: Spokane 5-mile

PostPosted: Tue Nov 01, 2011 8:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Had some time today to do a little work on the beam.


Built a "locator" for the adjuster bolts. This will ensure that I get the correct angle on the adjusters. Luckily it will work with the adjusters installed. Didn't think about it until after I welded the adjusters in.



Decided to go with new steel for the tubes. Got some 2" SCH 40 pipe.



Drilled some holes for placement of the adjusters



Cut out the steel, ready for adjusters



Adjusters welded in.

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motofly196



Joined: 23 Jun 2008
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 01, 2011 9:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Shocked Those are upside down!!!

just kidding!
Scott
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dukebradbury



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 02, 2011 8:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sad Great. Upside down!! Now I gotta start all over! Sad
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dukebradbury



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 02, 2011 6:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Put it together Very Happy

Was able to put it in the bus to make sure it fit. It fit great!!

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motofly196



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 02, 2011 6:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Damn Duke...that beam looks STOUT! Where did you get the ends done, same place as Eric? You know, eventually, you're gonna have to stop fabricating, and start driving that sucka!!! Looks GREAT!

Scott
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