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#101 Hodakaguy

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Posted 28 June 2020 - 08:59 PM

Enjoying your build. Just want to say that is the most unique vice stand I have seen. 

That piston is out of a 1956 Ingersol Rand compressor engine, bare piston weights 400lbs.

 

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#102 Hodakaguy

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Posted 28 June 2020 - 09:00 PM

Looks like you and VanLabMike came up with a neat solution to a Speaker mount/sliding door problem others may also have, including me. Will you be marketing these?

Yep Mike will make them if your needing one, Contact Mike directly at https://www.facebook.../vanlaboratory/

 

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#103 Hodakaguy

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Posted 28 June 2020 - 09:01 PM

Time to get started on the bed frame.  

The whole family decided to take a day trip with me to get out of the house and pick up some telescoping aluminum tubing for the bed frame fabrication.    I picked up enough for myself and Mike as he is going to fabricate a frame for his van as well.

Supplies loaded up in the van....Sweet!

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Starting to lay out the bed frame, I'm using a sheet of wood as a Jig.  Since the walls of the van are curved the bed frame will need to extend and contract to allow mounting in different positions depending on the height of the items your carrying below the bed. I like the way the Adventure Wagon MOAB bed uses a gas strut to lock the bed into the side rails so I decided to add a strut to mine as well.  The strut should also prevent any rattles while driving by keeping the entire assembly under tension.  

I decided to make my bed frame in two panels, I'll be able to use one panel sideways as a single bed when traveling with the dirt bike or install both panels when the wife and I are both going.

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Fabricating the mounts for the 20" x 20lb gas strut.

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Miter saw with an aluminum blade is the only way to cut tubing...soooo quick and nice.

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Coming together.

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I'm installing a push button that will automatically lock the frame in the fully retracted position when the frame is collapsed.  When removed the frames will store along the wall in a yet to be built storage rack, the button lock will keep the bed collapsed while in the rack.  The button will be located on the inside of the tubing under the wood top, hidden and easy to access when you need to release the telescopic function to mount the bed.

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Selecting the correct size drill bit with the help of some calipers.

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Drilling the hole for the button through both the inner and outer tubing.

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Recessing the outer hole so that your finger can depress the button easily.

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Ready to install

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The button installs by sliding the spring down the inner tubing until the button pops into the hole, a long piece of dowel works great as a push stick.

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And button installation complete.

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The button will be located here, hidden on the under side of the bed frame.

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Getting closer...

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Continued Below.....


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#104 Hodakaguy

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Posted 28 June 2020 - 09:01 PM

Continued from above....

 

Next up is to attach the 1.25" tubing to the inner 1" tubing on the telescoping end of the frame. Here I drilled holes in the outer tubing to weld the inner tubing to the outer tubing using rosette welds, this will allow me to eliminate the welds on the ends of the tubing and let the tubing have a nice flush mate up.

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I'm doing the welding today, here I'm setting up the machine and welding some scrap as a test piece.  Garage is a mess but I can't be bothered to clean right now :-)

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Filling in the rosette welds.

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Welding on the inner strut mount.  Always fun welding on the floor and having to use your knee on the pedal :-)

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I'll be using 1"x1" lock pins on the end of the frame to engage the yet to be fabricated side rail mounts.  Here I'm using more rosette welds to keep the ends of the pins clean and free from welds that would interfere with a snug fit.

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Getting there...

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More to come....

Hodakaguy


 

 


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Posted 28 June 2020 - 10:49 PM

Thanks for posting all your work.

It's very interesting and detailed.

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#106 Hodakaguy

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Posted Today, 01:53 AM

Little more work on the bed frame today.

Unit is tacked and out of the jig for welding.

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Adding the second strut mount.

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Assembled with the strut temporarily in place.  The unit slides harder than I would like as the tolerances between the tubing are very tight and there is very little allowance for any warping while welding.  I'll look at it tomorrow and see what can be done, either way it's sliding and functional :-)

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More to come....

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