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  • #46
    Actually the whole angle had a slight bow to from the beginning. When I left the Boss didn't mention it being bowed. He has micrometer eyes and a mini camera in his head. But I'm going to string it Monday. 1/4 inch bow in 10 feet either way is negligable in this purpose.

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    • #47
      Good job Steve. I don't think that I've ever used angle iron that didn't have a bow in it. Granted, I've not used 8 x 8 x 3/4 angle.

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      • #48
        Thanks Jim-TX. Anybody got a slant on the settings of the MP65E I used?

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        • #49
          the steel mills prebow all assymetric sections

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          • #50
            Disagree

            Originally posted by Sberry View Post
            A fully welded box is going to be way stronger than one with intermittent welds.
            I was taught that on long stretches of heavy material to break up the welds so flex spots are there. Fully welded means hardened areas and cracking. I did this on my service truck and haven't had any problems after 10k miles and a lot of weight. The road is hard on things!!!

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            • #51
              Lance, are the things welded this way at max loading, nearly loaded, half loaded? They may be lightly loaded enough you may never see a problem no matter how many miles. All this is moot until a certain point, maybe even a certain number of cycles, etc. I would suspect your service truck to be significantly over built, nearly every piece is a Gage heavier than a commercial body? In theory it should last nearly indefinitely.

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              • #52
                Lots of truck stuff designed for hundreds of thousands of miles of hard service fully loaded, the 10k with you the owner operator, doesn't surprise me you haven't had problems. Likely wouldn't have significant issues with 20 yrs and a million miles, the tools in it would rattle around and wear out before the service body.

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                • #53
                  I strung the box today, less than 1/16 bow two ways. It will live.

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                  • #54
                    Originally posted by Steve View Post
                    I strung the box today, less than 1/16 bow two ways. It will live.
                    Great job!!!
                    Thanks for the pics!

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                    • #55
                      You are welcome, next post will be of putting the thing together.

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                      • #56
                        Originally posted by Steve View Post
                        I strung the box today, less than 1/16 bow two ways. It will live.
                        Couldn't get it right, huh! LOL
                        Nice job.

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                        • #57
                          If you seen what this thing is going to pull...That's funny Bud. Good thing I used that new product... Anti-distortion gel. LOL. I got off lucky it didn't really go to town really.

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                          • #58
                            Nice work Steve. I think the boss should let you head to the State fair for a day & a good steak at the Ground Round. And maybe happy hour & hot wings & Honestky though a very interesting project & look forward to more.

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                            • #59
                              Great Thread

                              Hey Steve,
                              Thanks for the great photos. Your welding is very impressive.
                              Nick

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