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Comment: October 2nd 2003 - The rails were welded together where the notches had been cut out for bending the tongue. Also after squaring the frame a few gussets were installed to keep things from racking.
Here is the finished tear sitting proudly in the Sierra's on her maiden voyage. At 740lbs. it pulled so smooth and easy with no bounce that I had to keep checking the mirror to make sure it was still following and went straight arrow through heavy desert wind gusts. Keep clicking the center photo to watch it being built.

September 23rd 2003 - This was where it starts. The axle and suspension finally arrived from R.W. Johnson.  It's a 4 drop with 1-1/2 springs on 39 centers. The hubs are 5 on 4-1/2 which is Ford's pattern.

September 30th 2003 - I chose channel over square tubing for several reasons. There is no place for moisture/water to settle and with tubing there is no way to seal the inside. Might be one of the reasons that almost all boat trailers are made from channel. In any event it's just a matter of preference and channel will be very strong in this application. Here the two inch channel is cut to length and is being clamped and squared up prior to welding. I clamped quarter inch steel plates at joints to line up rails prior to welding.

September 30th 2003 - A 25 degree notch was cut at the places on the outside rails where it will be bent to form the tongue.  A 50 degree coupling will then be welded on that will also accomodate the tongue jack.

October 2nd 2003 - After welding all but the front cross members the rails were bent to form a vee and then the front cross member was cut and welded in place.

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October 2nd 2003 - 1/4 X 2 angles were welded on as a base to mount the spring hangers.

October 2nd 2003 - Six pieces of angle with 3/8 holes were welded in place as mounting brackets to attach the floor. Carriage bolts with fender washers will be used and two nuts locked together on the bottom.

October 3rd 2003 - Alright!!! Some hardware arrived from Champion trailer.

October 3rd 2003 - Frame completed with several coats of of paint. The exposed front part of the frame will be painted white as will be the connector.

October 3rd 2003 - Although torsion axles install easier and are a little less expensive I chose leafs. Both suspensions can break but the springs are available most everywhere, very easy to replace and you can limp into a town for parts. Torsion's are made to order and if one fails the tear is stranded for as long as it takes to make a new one - sometimes weeks.  If towed it must be put on a flatbed which depending on mileage could exceed the cost of the original build.

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