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Old 09-18-2010, 11:42 PM   #361
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Nate,
What would you estimate all the work you have done so far in both terms of hours and parts?
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Old 09-19-2010, 03:58 AM   #362
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Nate,
What would you estimate all the work you have done so far in both terms of hours and parts?
So far about $1,500 in parts and hours,,,,,,,shit,,, I'm not sure,,,I lost track a while ago.
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Old 09-19-2010, 02:06 PM   #363
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Do you have plans to build wheel wells into the deck of the flat bed? With the tires sticking above the decking surface I'd worry about problems if one or both air bags fail, or something else goes wrong with the on board air system.
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Old 09-19-2010, 04:52 PM   #364
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Do you have plans to build wheel wells into the deck of the flat bed? With the tires sticking above the decking surface I'd worry about problems if one or both air bags fail, or something else goes wrong with the on board air system.
Oh yeah,,,there will be wheel wells of some kind.

I'm not sure yet exactly how they're going to shape up but tire clearance is a must,,,airbags up or down.
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Old 09-20-2010, 05:31 PM   #365
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I picked up some airtank brackets today,,,these were inspired by what our new school buses are equiped with.
They locate the tanks inside the frame rails rather than outside as they were originally mounted.
This will free up some room and the only place they would fit is behind the entrance door and I may want to put another storage box there anyway.

I should have the tanks mounted up tomorrow or Wednesday.

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Old 09-20-2010, 08:37 PM   #366
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Old 09-21-2010, 08:18 PM   #367
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This thing is looking pretty damn slick. It's gonna be a beast for what it's intended purpose is. I'm really looking forward to seeing the rest of the project.
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Old 09-21-2010, 08:26 PM   #368
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The wife and I have been watching this one pretty closely, it's been a lot of fun. I love seeing fabrication when it is modifying an original purpose. Especially when done well, like this one is.

Keep goin', man... can't wait to see the finished product
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Old 09-22-2010, 04:33 PM   #369
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I installed one air tank in it's relocated position yesterday,,,the plan is eliminate one airtank (there was three) as the air seat will be deleted and the doors are no longer air operated. so I don't need quite as much air capasity.

One tank must've been replaced at some point as two look like shit and the third is in good shape ,,so i'm thinkin i'm gonna need a new tank ,,I can't mount up either one of these scabby lookin things.



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Old 09-22-2010, 06:07 PM   #370
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You might try electolysis to remove the rust. A big plastic tub, washing soda, plain steel rebar, a source of direct current, and your air tanks, and you could have some usable parts, unless the rust has already eaten away too much metal. The electrolysis process removes the oxide without removing parent metal, so you don't end up any worse than where you started, so if they hold air now it's worth a shot.
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You might try electolysis to remove the rust. A big plastic tub, washing soda, plain steel rebar, a source of direct current, and your air tanks, and you could have some usable parts, unless the rust has already eaten away too much metal. The electrolysis process removes the oxide without removing parent metal, so you don't end up any worse than where you started, so if they hold air now it's worth a shot.
They're pretty nasty,,,unless a new tank is prohibitively expensive i'll probably just get a new one.
Also the rusty ones are a little shorter than the one I mounted,,,which is a little too short for the spacing of the brackets and there isn't a good spot for the bracket to move to for the short tank.
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Old 09-23-2010, 08:40 PM   #372
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http://www.easternmarine.com/Air-Brake-Tanks/

first page in my search, dont seem to expensive.

p.s. love this build and have been lurking in the background till now.

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Old 09-24-2010, 01:59 PM   #373
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Old 09-25-2010, 08:48 AM   #374
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The critical thing about rusty air tanks is not the rust on the outside so much as the rust on the inside of them. If there was no air drier on the compressor output, the inside of the tanks will collect water. If the previous owner / operator didn't drain the tanks of water daily they are going to be problematic for continued use. Looking at the outside of them I'd be giving the used tanks a REAL good looking over for rust on the inside.
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Old 09-25-2010, 12:05 PM   #375
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The critical thing about rusty air tanks is not the rust on the outside so much as the rust on the inside of them. If there was no air drier on the compressor output, the inside of the tanks will collect water. If the previous owner / operator didn't drain the tanks of water daily they are going to be problematic for continued use. Looking at the outside of them I'd be giving the used tanks a REAL good looking over for rust on the inside.
I picked up a new one the other day,,,$64 at the local truck supply place.
There is no air dryer,,,I'll be draining the tanks manually.
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