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Old 03-01-2019, 04:42 AM   #276 (permalink)
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Old 03-01-2019, 05:26 AM   #277 (permalink)
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Spare or no spare... I struggled with that for a long time. I have ripped a few side walls and popped a few beads in the past. And like most, I simply drove it back to camp on three tires. But if I am going for long weekend trips with a no base camp. That is not an option.

I admit, as I am getting older, the trips aren't about trying to thrash through impossible obstacles and getting drug back to camp after I gave up. It's more about adventure. I am actually trying to get a 7 day overland trip going. I guess am turning into one of those strange old man overlander type with all my survival gear loaded up, prepared for the end of the world... Got my Maxtrax and Jerry cans L.O.L.

I definitely do not want to get the exo-skeleton look. I have had to back off a few times already because tubing was getting out of hand. Good to listen to others.

Trick95, Love the hidden gas cap! I just don't have enough room to route any hose. The tank is way up high on the vette and very close to the body.

Waterhorse, I promise no more tubing ...besides the actual tire mount, but I will make that unbolt.
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Old 03-01-2019, 06:09 AM   #278 (permalink)
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Fixing beads can be easily done with ether and a lighter. Fixing a sidewall is a bit tougher, but like you said... if you're not thrashing through the toughest obstacles, you're far less likely to rip one.

I'm starting to see the light of running no spare, but I'm still in the 'thrashing' phase so I'll keep running one since my rig is already so heavy. That said, there's merit to running no spare or even just a spare tire and no wheel. *Knocks on wood* I haven't needed a spare in 8 years and even then, I probably could have fixed the tire enough to get to a town.

That said... there's merit to having peace of mind, so do what you're most comfortable with.
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Old 03-01-2019, 10:50 PM   #279 (permalink)
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Ah, googled it, didn't even realize the tank was that close.

Build the mount so you can line up the spare to hit the tank through the center and carry a funnel?

I'm out of ideas, but can't wait to see the next update...
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Fixing beads can be easily done with ether and a lighter.
I strongly suggest not using a lighter. Matches, flaming piece of cardboard, Molotov cocktail, or anything else that keeps delicate fingers away from the kaboom.

I made the mistake of using a lighter once. Took over a year for my thumb to fully heal. Never found my lighter or thumb nail. Yes it was stupid of me, but lesson learned, the hard, painful, and expensive way.

Yea thatís part of my thumb stuck in the bead.

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I strongly suggest not using a lighter. Matches, flaming piece of cardboard, Molotov cocktail, or anything else that keeps delicate fingers away from the kaboom.

I made the mistake of using a lighter once. Took over a year for my thumb to fully heal. Never found my lighter or thumb nail. Yes it was stupid of me, but lesson learned, the hard, painful, and expensive way.

Yea thatís part of my thumb stuck in the bead.

Yikes that's no bueno. I'd never put my hand near it, when I use a lighter I make a trail of ether from the inside of the tire down the side and about a foot away and light that. But I also try to use something else if I have it so I don't douse the tire in ether.
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Old 03-04-2019, 07:45 AM   #282 (permalink)
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Thanks for sharing Stucky. Keep safety up front. I always try to ask myself the "what if?" questions.

We all don't have the safest hobby after all.
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Old 03-11-2019, 05:55 AM   #283 (permalink)
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Done playing around with this tire carrier. I think I did all I can do. Ultimately wanted the tire lower, but I still can still slide the fuel nozzle in at this point.

It's definitely rock solid. There will be no tire shaking. I think with a stinger up front, I will always land on all fours after a roll over. Just kidding... no more tubing... besides the trailer pod.

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Old 03-11-2019, 08:00 AM   #284 (permalink)
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Again, I wouldn't do it, but I like the way you did I it.
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Old 03-11-2019, 10:38 AM   #285 (permalink)
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Thanks Waterhorse. I love your Amphibious HEMTT project! I wouldn't do it, but I love it. Clearly a well thought out machine. Shows off a lot of imagination and skill.
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Old 03-20-2019, 06:33 AM   #286 (permalink)
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I was dreading doing these rear bumper corners. They have some tedious press work, including some old fashion blacksmith work with a sledge hammer, and lots of my favorite pastime...GRINDING !! But, I can't put it off anymore.

It's still all 1/4" plate. Looks like a real Frankenstein at this point.
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Old 03-20-2019, 06:44 AM   #287 (permalink)
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Yeah, but they look good.

I hate 3 dimesnional forming.

I used to do a lot of it into a sand bag... when making medieval armor in 12g stainless. Try making a 15th century Gothic Sallet
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Old 03-20-2019, 06:49 AM   #288 (permalink)
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Yeah, but they look good.

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I hate 3 dimesnional forming.

I used to do a lot of it into a sand bag... when making medieval armor in 12g stainless. Try making a 15th century Gothic Sallet
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Old 03-20-2019, 07:03 AM   #289 (permalink)
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Impressed that you did that out of .250. Damn
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Waterhorse, I'd like to see pics also, sounds cool. Never even thought of sand bags. Thick stack or rubber maybe.
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Old 03-20-2019, 08:36 AM   #291 (permalink)
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Everything you've got going on looks great. Those corners pieces probably required a few tylenol and forearms stretching?
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Old 03-20-2019, 04:48 PM   #292 (permalink)
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Whoa. you lost me at the tire carrier. Its good work though.
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Waterhorse, I'd like to see pics also, sounds cool. Never even thought of sand bags. Thick stack or rubber maybe.
Thanks for saying that. It really isn't proper for me to ask for pics in your thread.
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Waterhorse, I'd like to see pics also, sounds cool. Never even thought of sand bags. Thick stack or rubber maybe.
ok, not derailing your thread then

Haven't made armor in over 20 years, but this is sitting in my office.

Sandbags work well for a firm enough surface to "dish" against.

Many different shapes, all in stainless. I used to fight in this.
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Grendel! That is flipping cool as shit! Awesome.

I can really appreciate that. I actually head up the custom forming department at work. Mostly lots of heavy ASME vessels components, water towers, ship bulbous bows, and some crazy proprietary parts.
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Finished the rear bumper for now... needs a little sanding and paint. But I wanted to make room for the C3 POD.


Not as nice as Grendel's armor, but strong as a tank.

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Maybe it's been asked, but why not relocate the filler opening to the bumper, between the taillights? Still be accessible and you could lower the tire carrier.
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Old 04-10-2019, 05:42 AM   #298 (permalink)
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The filler could have been moved down, but it would involve cutting up the tank and loosing half it's capacity.
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C3 Pod

C3 Pod is on its way.

Here is a quick mock up to figure best overall length and wheel location.

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I think these body lines should be easy to clean up. Not sure what to do in the inside yet. Part of me want to use an old hood to close it up.
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Love the bumper.

And digging the pod!!
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