Snowmobile Tilt Trailer Build welding project – Day 2
Tieing up my boots, whats on my mind? I write about what I most need to remember. Especially when I have limited time between a 9 month olds’ feeding needs to do anything productive never mind enjoyable. But today I’m repeating to myself ‘slow down’.
Anyone notice the orientation of the HSS in my Day 1 pictures? Here it is again…
I messed up Day 1! I cut my frame pieces 45 degrees the ‘wrong’ way.
“I don’t like it” and “I wouldn’t do it that way” kept running through my head and I was so stuck in those thoughts I couldn’t read the plans clearly to change what I stubbornly THOUGHT I understood the drawings asked for. The plans said “3” side up” – I was so excited about starting this snowmobile tilt trailer build that I stood there looking at prints wondering why the hell they would turn the frame sections ‘flat’.
They wouldn’t. Nobody would. Can I blame it on hormones?
Reading through the drawings again later, I realized my instincts were right. I cut the 45 degree mitre with the 2″ side vertical and the 3″ side (‘up’) horizontal. Incorrect.
Has anybody else done this? We get in our own way. We doubt ourselves and it usually leads to mistakes.
What a great lesson in trusting myself.
Okay. Slow down. Think through all the material. Can I come up with a way to fix this?
Luckily I havn’t cut the 3 inner frame pieces. I swapped some pieces around and recut each miter. The two longest outside rails moved-one to the front and the other to one of the inner frame pieces. And the old front piece will be cut for the leaf bracket support pieces.
Most of my time was spent levelling and squaring the frame. Being picky and not settling for “good enough”.
This is real life.
I am not going to hide my mistakes. Life happens. With all my frame pieces cut (correctly) I want to lift my project off the garage floor to shim level, square and have room to weld underneath. Ideally I would have an amazing welding table big enough for the trailer frame to lay on with spaces in the surface for clamps to hold each piece level and square….with an overhead crane…. hey, a girl can dream…. so my solution is going to be vehicle jack stands. They can easily take the weight. They can extend tall enough to allow me room underneath. And I have 4 of them, one for each corner.
Trailer frame level and square up on stands – this is actually a big step! Angle supports and suspension supports are cut, just laid out on top to make me feel good.
Next challenge – all the welding ‘underneath’. At some point this trailer may need to be flipped to weld out all joints. I know, without calling in a favour from a friend with a crane, tractor, or other machine, the solution is just weld the underside joints overhead. Trust yourself Lis. There are only 7 true overhead joints. Easy.
Slow down. Think things through.
Overhead it is.