Rootbeer Float my FJ140 Build Thread

SipLife

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Just for you buddy @thatcabledude :flipoff2:

Home from college for the weekend to help dad commence the frame chop. Leveled it out on the lift and added supports to keep the frame level to the ground and stiff. Took 4.7” out of the frame. Will get us down to FJ60 107.5” wheelbase.

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Proof of said help. It was a 2 person job. Glad to have @SipLife’s help.

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So we are welding and fish plating both sides with 1/4” plate.
 

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We will rosette weld the fish plate also. We will trim the rear control arm pod to hug around the fish plate on the inner frame sections. Others have only fishplated the outside frame cut seams. Taking an extra step for good measure.
 
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Removed all but end body mounts of chassis. Cutting a seam on the welds with a die grinder and using an air hammer made quick work of it. Did some additional grinding and flap disced to smooth. Made some fish plates. Going to add more holes to each for more rosette welds in multiple places. Fish plates on both sides of each cut.

Taking my time with this step. Do it right. Need to get some weld through primer.

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Ready to weld. Takes time to get the fit right. Liking it

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Ready to weld. Takes time to get the fit right. Liking it

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Waiting for weld thru primer. Bought a new helmet. Last time I used it, auto darken did not work well. Had some dry eye. Also bought a magnetic switch ground to make sure I have a solid ground. Hard to place ground clamp on chassis. I could weld a ground tab but needed something for future work. Need a solid ground for this one. It will be moderately hot.

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Made some progress today. Been a busy week. One side welded (perimeter and rosettes), dressed welds with a carbide bit, flap disk, weld through primer. Other side tomorrow.

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