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Unread 09-16-2013, 11:16 AM   #16
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I love to weld just like the next guy but there times I've regretted welding everyting and not being able to disassemble it cleanly if needed.

It takes a little extra time, but if you weld tabs similar to the drum and frame if (if needed) it will allow you to remove the drums by simply un-bolting should you ever need to work on them or the trailer, or move the drums individually to a place you can't fit the trailer, etc.



The first time you have to torch or grind the welds off your drum and trailer, clean the welds up and re-weld, you'll see it's worth it.
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Unread 09-16-2013, 11:58 AM   #17
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Ah I see what your saying. My only concern is the trailer is small. The square that I have this going on to is the same size as the barrel. It fits rather perfectly so I'm not sure where I could bolt the tabs to besides the one that could go on the trailer neck. I'll have to look at it at the house and see if there is someway I can do this.
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Unread 09-16-2013, 12:37 PM   #18
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I have also figured out today that I am going to have to come up with a flat lid hinge. I bought an 8 x 2 inch pipe to go in the bung hole with a 9 degree elbow on top for my smoke stack. However this is going to make that side of the lid a bit more heavy than the other side so I believe putting a hinge on it is going to be my best bet. I am going to try to modify this style hinge to make it work.



I feel like if I position the hinges with the smoke stack in the middle of it and on the side closest to it it will be the least amount of pressure on it.
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Unread 09-16-2013, 02:22 PM   #19
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Here's a pic of my hinge just to give you another idea
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Unread 09-16-2013, 03:30 PM   #20
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HookedonQ,

Wow, that is EXACTLY what I had envisioned in my head (Although I changed my mind seeing how I don't have to tools to fabricate that ) Did you by chance buy that? if so where? If not, are you looking to make another one haha? I'm a little worried about the example I posted because of the chimney I will be putting on it I am afraid it will be to much pressure on the hinges. Look forward to hearing back from you.
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Unread 09-16-2013, 06:42 PM   #21
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I made them. Got the design from a fellow member here by the name razrbakcrzy he emailed me templates of the hinges and i took it from there. I cut them outta 1/4inch plate steel using a cutting torch than cleaned up the edges with the bench grinder. If it would help I can send you the templates.
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Unread 09-16-2013, 06:46 PM   #22
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Very nice work!
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Unread 09-16-2013, 09:28 PM   #23
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That would be amazing if you can send me the template. I am calling around trying to see if anyone I know as an oxygen/acetylene torch.
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A buddy of miner's father who owns a local mechanic shop has a torch and is willing to cut them for me. My email is Aaron.m.hooks@gmail.com if you will send me the template.
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That really is a cool hinge.
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Just got the templates in my email. I appreciate it brother.
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Well I made progress last night. As soon as I got off work I went over to the mechanic shop where they said they could cut out my hinges. After looking at them we decided using an acetylene torch would be too rough of a cut and require a hell of a lot of grinding to smooth out. So we went down the hill the his buddy's metal shop where they make all sorts of brackets for the entire US. Gave him the templates that HookedOnQ sent me, thanks again, and he scanned them into the system and loaded into his CNC water jet. The hinges will be cut today and I'll pick them up after work. We never came to a guaranteed price but at this point I'm looking at no more than 30 bucks using 3/16 inch steel. I'll post pictures of that when I get it. Pretty stoked to say the least though

So last night I finished sanding down and cleaning up my trailer. I didn't really care about the underside but still smoothed it out a bit and hit it with paint also for rust preventative. Got the top nice and painted with 2 coats and still have paint left for touch ups once I get a little closer to finishing.



After that dried, by the way high temp paint dries extremely fast, we decided to test out the orange and white paint for my color scheme.



I was originally going to go with a Tennessee Vols color scheme. Although the orange in the picture looks pretty dang close, once it dried it is no where near close. WAY TO DARK. Also I tested out the white paint on the chimney for the UDS and realized how easily it gets dirty. For some reason the dry pictures and the chimney picture didn't save to my phone so I don't have a pic with me. I'll take another this evening. So today I will be deciding on a new paint scheme.

We also got the nipples welded into the barrel for the intakes (you can see one nipple on the far barrel). I was able to get the step bits from harbor freight on sale for 12 bucks and man does that make drilling holes easy and fast. Welding the nipples was a little more difficult that I thought. I am not even a beginner welder, I am worst lol, as we just had a stick welder given to us so now we are learning without any instruction. However we did get it done just isn't the prettiest. (The welds on the trailer were thicker metal and flat, those came out amazing after I sanded the welds down.) Tonight we will be mounting the bolt tabs to the barrel and the barrel to the trailer. Then its off to paint and let cure until this weekend when I fire her up for a test run.

My uncle has been generous enough to volunteer to build the charcoal basket for me and will be bringing it down in the next few weeks or so. Until I get it I'm going to borrow my brother's who also has an UDS to test it out. Hopefully tomorrow morning when I update the UDS will be complete on the trailer and on to the next project of the grill on the back.

One thing I am going to have to fab up is some fenders for the trailer to deflect the heat away from my tires. Shouldn't be too hard but any suggestions are always welcome.
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