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Discussion in 'The Garage' started by kirkster70, Oct 3, 2010.
More chop, chop.
1/4" flange for future trap door.
I stitch weld it to keep from tweaking the main flange.
Time to keep the rain out.
Lids will hinge forward. Some would say that's a lot of work for a little storage compartment, and they would be right.
I'm whupped. Time to knock off for the day.
Moon roof baby! What other pannier maker has that option?
I look forward daily to seeing your progress and admiring your skills. Wish I had half your talent.
All teasing aside, Kirk - my GSA is the most comfortable adventure bike I've ridden - after changing out the seat for a Corbin. With the stock seat, I couldn't ride 20 miles without a sore butt. Add the Corbin, and I can ride 500 and still be ready for more. But you either have a Corbin butt, or you don't.
I almost didn't buy the GSA because of the "image". But after you've ridden one, you find out how amazing it is on back roads and wide open unimproved roads.
If you are going to ride tight two track or limited single track, the 950/990 is still my choice. But after riding my 950 all of 450 miles with a Renazco seat, I thought I was going to die.
So, the weather was nice this morning, and after lounging for a bit, I decide to bust a move and head over to my favorite scrap yard to see if I could find some more steel for the frankengantry build. I need a decent beam, and though I was intending to buy a new piece, it never hurts to take a stroll through a scrapyard on a Saturday morning.
I didn't see anything up front, so I go walking through, past motorcycle carcasses, surplus headstones, and the lifeless hulks that used to be forklifts and such.
I round the corner and spy this
My eye first went to the I beam, then I noticed what appear to be the legs. As I get closer, I see it is a Spanco 2 ton E model, adjustable height, adjustable width gantry!
All for 25 cents a pound!!!
It needs casters, which I have. it also needs beam clips, which I can fabricate.
As a dear friend used to say regularly, some times even the blind squirrel finds a nut.
Wow!!!!! So you paid around 2-300 bucks?
I can see someone scrapping that by having no clue to the value but how do the scrapyard guys not know?
With $125 worth of wheels and paint that thing would sell for $1500.
More like $175
I'm really torn. Whether to fix it up and keep it, or sell it.
It was a hell of a score. . I think the scrap dealer sees enough stuff come through that he is selective on what he refurbs. He probably had a dime a pound in it, if that. I'm sure he doubled his money.
I dont have a use for a big gantry like that, but after seeing Kirk's and now your's...i really need one.
even if i'm only lifting my bike to lube the chain...
To really use mine to it's full potential, I'd like to find a pallet jack. I buy 4 tons of heating pellets every winter and currently hand stack every bag. That would really be a cake job that way.
Thanks. It truly is a score.
Like Kirk, I'm getting tired of lifting heavy crap. The shelves in the background were a bit of a bear to get off the trailer. They weigh about 500 pounds, IIRC. With the gantry, I can just lift stuff off and safely set it down.
Oh, and I will be able to remove the blades on the tractor to sharpen them by lifting the front end way up high, instead of taking the deck off.
Kirk must be on work rotation, no updates!
Please hurry up! I am dying to see the finished bags!
Just wait to see what he's got up his sleeve for the next chapter...
Currently sucking down fresh high-test.
Gettin' ready to make some noise.
Yeah, if it were me, I'd keep the score and fix it up for yourself. All the money you saved can go towards a nice 2T electric hoist. Get one with electric travel! That has a built-in brake. (No goofy beam clamps like I'm using to keep it centered when off camber!)
Called the distributor's rep to get pricing on the OEM clamps and some new stickers so I can repaint, and resticker it. I know I can make some new clamps myself, but I thought if the price wasn't too outrageous, I'd buy the OEM in case I want to sell it.
I've been watching CL for a nice hoist. There have been a couple hoists show up that looked interesting, but when I looked into them, I found they were stage hoists - the kind that are used to lift lighting and rigging and stuff for shows. Don't think I'd want one of those.
Certainly would be nice to have an electric one. I have a manual one right now, and I bought a trolley at HF over the weekend. It was inexpensive and the quality is fine for what I need now.
Stickers? Gold leaf it.
You will have a super nice tool when all said and done.
Next up? Top box and mount.
After some brainstorming on different mounting plates, quick releases, etc, we settle on mounting just like a pannier does...to a DOM tube frame with a Happy Trails mounting kit.
I also need to incorporate a Pirate's Lair backrest into the mount, so I clamp that in place to visualize where everything needs to be. The hoop dimension is slightly smaller than the top box's bottom, so it helps to see where it needs to be.
Now I make the mount that attaches to OEM holes in the OEM top rack. I weld 5/16" hardware to 5/8" tube. These will be the front most standoffs once I shape them and cut each one to length.
Kids are on the bus, so time to get back to it...
I like how the stand-offs look, so I make 4 of them. I triangulate an extra support that tabs under the OEM rack. I match the angle of the hoop to everything else using a protractor.
Fully welded and shaped with the flap wheel. I still have a little touch up to do. I just wanted to check for any warpage.
Now I need to adapt the Pirate's Lair backrest so that both can mount simultaneously, yet the backrest can still mount by itself w/o the top box rack...