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Old 01-12-2009, 02:50 PM   #1
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Hi, new here, although I've been checking in every day for almost a year, I thought I'd attach a link to the Escapees MDT forum where I posted my project.

I did it, I made my move and cut my GMC 6500 frame into 4 peices on Sunday, this will be an RV someday.

I would appreciate any feedback or ideas.
thanks for letting me share.

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-blizz
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Old 01-12-2009, 04:53 PM   #2
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Nice work blizzard! No turning back now :-) What year is your truck?
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Old 01-12-2009, 06:57 PM   #3
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Nice work. Looks good. when do get your extensions?
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Old 01-12-2009, 07:11 PM   #4
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2001 GMC 6500 100K miles, 3126 Cat 210hp 605 tq, fuller 6sp manual w/ OD 3.07 rear gears with 19.5 low pro tires 245/70R19.5
The truck has air ride rear, hyd. rear disc brakes and air ride seats. AC and Cruise is nice too!

My steel "inner plates" are to be cut and formed this week. I really hope to get it back to one piece by Sunday.

once it's back together, I can move my saddle tanks back behind the rear axle, then run fuel, air,and brake lines.
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Old 01-25-2009, 08:46 PM   #5
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Made a little headway this weekend, broke a bunch of bits, story and pictures on Escapees forum
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Old 01-26-2009, 06:58 AM   #6
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Nice design and fab work blizzard! Did you design all of that yourself? I like how you used the continuouse lengths of prebent, prederilled plate to form the frame than extends from the front all the way to the rear. Are you boxing in the middle section for strength? Nice job, can't wait to see more as it progresses.
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Old 01-27-2009, 11:50 AM   #7
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Thanks, ya I designed it myself, not much else to do in 20 below weather, I just sit in front of a CAD screen and dream n scheme.
I'm going to try and get all 100+ bolts installed tonight, I'm still tossed about boxing in the middle, due to exhaust heat.
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Old 02-23-2009, 08:07 PM   #8
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I have a question or two about driveshaft angles, if you would like an update on my little project or would care to take a stab at my drive shaft delimma -heresss yourr link!

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also starting to design bolt in crossmembers, not sure what to do there quite yet.
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blizzard; what are you loooking for? angles of the shafts should not be more then 3 degrees of each other and make sure you phase the yokes , or it will vibrate very badly. Crossmembers are to be strong enough to support the frame load, side load, and compression load. e-mail me for more info
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Posted March 02, 2009 08:29 PM
Framebuilder, I think I understand that the crossmembers have to be strong, my problem is that I only have 11 inches to play with vertically. The driveshaft in that area is nearly level and if the carrier bearing bolt flange is rotated down, I have 2.5" up from the lower flange. Also I need a minimum of 8" diameter to slip the yokes thru the x-member. and 5" hole on the drivers side to run the 4" exhaust thru.

My latest plan is to build 2 flat almost boomerang shaped pieces of 1/4 plate folded up. One to bolt to my 1/2" bolts along the bottom of the center frame rail. I will then bolt the carrier bearing to this plate, and once the truck gets gently driven the 1 mile to the welding shop, this plate will also be welded in. I am thinking of building and identical plate that will bolt to the top bolts the same as the previous plate only upside down. but with the 14 crosmembers welded to create the floor frame would an upper v-shaped crossmember be necessary?

I know this sounds a bit strange, but this project is strange. I fully expect you to be scratching your head on my above explanation.
-blizz

ps I pm you this same message, then I remembered that your emails get hung up in my filters for 2-3 days so I posted back her. besides his forum could use some life.
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