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Old 08-28-2021, 03:26 PM   #1
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Been getting things sorted for our 08 Volvo 670 build and was finally able to get the frame rail extensions bolted/supported into place.
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Old 08-28-2021, 03:28 PM   #2
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Couple days ago, i had a local welder come out and weld the rails on...i can weld but i figured im better off paying someone who is certified that way i know its done properly.
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Old 08-28-2021, 03:36 PM   #3
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Next step is to mark and drill as we are moving the axles back one spot so we get the balance and overhang we want in order to build/affix the 22 foot box we will have. Sadly the drilling may not happen to quickly as i dont have a mag drill yet and the last holes i drilled in this thing seriously damaged my wrist when the 5/8 bit in my big drill jambed, broke and spun the drill backwards.

Stay tuned, but be patient, as this will be a slow build (i travel for a living so only have limited toy build time)
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Another good days work, one new grinder later....rear axle moved back and 85% installed. Have a few more holes to drill and need some longer bolts to secure things correctly. Once thats done ill move the other axle, it will be faster as its going were the other was so probably only 6 or 8 holes to redrill.
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Well waiting on grade 8 bolts so i secured the axle with what i had on hand and continued on.....axle #2 moved back to the old rear axle spot giving me a total move of 54" and about 6' of overhang. The plan is for a 20 to 22 foot box keeping us around 34 to 36' total length so we can get into most parks.

Next will be to hook up/replace all the air lines etc so we can air this thing up.....not worried about making it driveable so driveshaft will probably wait a bit.

Then we will need to decide as to weither we build the box or buy a used van body/refer box.....still not sure as they both have pros/cons.....opinions?
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just curious why you are using the tandems on such a short box
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just curious why you are using the tandems on such a short box
Few reasons:
- traction/flotation with the ability to lock all diffs so 4x4
- extra set of brakes
- running the stock fuel tanks (250gal approx total) and didnt want to take a chance with axle ratings
- last, and most important, i personally dont like the look of the single rear axle...stupid excuse perhaps but im building it....lol.
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