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  1. #1
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    Default Trailer Ramp Repair and Improvement

    The expanded metal of the ramp of my customers trailer was welded to the tubing frame every 14 inches. It looked like they tacked it but forgot to weld it. The tack welding was woefully inadequate for the weight of the tractor. The problem was that the wheels of the X-Mark tractor with the vacuum attachment fell exactly between the tubing of the ramp. The expanded metal was unsupported for 17 inches. This caused the expanded metal to be pushed right through the tubing frame so it was now on the opposite side of the tubing. The tires also pulled the expanded metal loose at the top.
    The solution was to add two additional bars directly below where the tires go, straighten out the bent expanded metal and finish welding the expanded metal to the tubing frame.
    I used knotted wire wheels and glass bead blasting to clean the paint from the areas that required welding.

    I also welded on the piece of round tubing to provide a place where my customer could store the latch pin for the tail gate, so it wouldn't get lost.

    Last but not least I added a lock for the hinge of the ramp. With the original design the ramp could be slid to the left and removed from the trailer. The problem was that the ramp would work its way out of the hinge so that it would hit the left railing of the trailer, when you raised it. The lock that I added prevented the ramp from sliding axially relative to the trailer.
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    Miller Thunderbolt
    Smith Oxyacetylene Torch
    Miller Dynasty 200DX
    Lincoln SP-250 MIG Welder
    Clausing/Coldchester 15" Lathe
    16" DuAll Saw
    15" Drill Press
    7" x 9" Swivel Head Horizontal Band Saw
    20 Ton Arbor Press
    Bridgeport

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    Default Trailer Ramp Repair and Improvement

    Some more pictures of the welding process for the expanded metal.
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    Miller Thunderbolt
    Smith Oxyacetylene Torch
    Miller Dynasty 200DX
    Lincoln SP-250 MIG Welder
    Clausing/Coldchester 15" Lathe
    16" DuAll Saw
    15" Drill Press
    7" x 9" Swivel Head Horizontal Band Saw
    20 Ton Arbor Press
    Bridgeport

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    Default Trailer Ramp Repair and Improvement

    Pictures of repairing the latch and adding the round tubing for storing the latch pin.
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    Miller Thunderbolt
    Smith Oxyacetylene Torch
    Miller Dynasty 200DX
    Lincoln SP-250 MIG Welder
    Clausing/Coldchester 15" Lathe
    16" DuAll Saw
    15" Drill Press
    7" x 9" Swivel Head Horizontal Band Saw
    20 Ton Arbor Press
    Bridgeport

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    Default Trailer Ramp Repair and Improvement

    Some pictures of the finished job.
    Attached Images Attached Images

    Miller Thunderbolt
    Smith Oxyacetylene Torch
    Miller Dynasty 200DX
    Lincoln SP-250 MIG Welder
    Clausing/Coldchester 15" Lathe
    16" DuAll Saw
    15" Drill Press
    7" x 9" Swivel Head Horizontal Band Saw
    20 Ton Arbor Press
    Bridgeport

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    Is that a red welder in the background... :-)

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    Nice work and attention to the small things.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fencemaker View Post
    Is that a red welder in the background... :-)
    Last December I made my friend an offer that he couldn't refuse. I asked him to take his MIG welder out of storage and store it in my garage, and he could use it whenever he wants. The welder was built in 1992 but everything still works great.
    MIG was perfect for this job -- it was so much faster than TIG.

    Quote Originally Posted by Goat Driver View Post
    Nice work and attention to the small things.
    Thanks
    Don

    Miller Thunderbolt
    Smith Oxyacetylene Torch
    Miller Dynasty 200DX
    Lincoln SP-250 MIG Welder
    Clausing/Coldchester 15" Lathe
    16" DuAll Saw
    15" Drill Press
    7" x 9" Swivel Head Horizontal Band Saw
    20 Ton Arbor Press
    Bridgeport

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