Bedford TK

  1. jpmillermatic

    jpmillermatic Member

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    step drills are great....I have begun using them lately too...great tool....they cut differently than a twist bit....cleaner, somehow...


    JP
     
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  2. mylesdw

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    Yes, a beautiful clean, round hole and they really went through steel like it was ally. Strangely, towards the end of the job one of the steps (16mm) just stopped cutting, the drill just span and heated up. I cannot see any damage at all, but it just does not cut any more. Very odd.
     
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  3. slim_boy_fat

    slim_boy_fat Forum Supporter

    I only have one, an eBay job made of Chinesium. It cut great until the first step went blunt - it's been resharpened [mate did it while I was busy with something else] but has yet to be tried in anger....:whistle:

    Handy for those 'quick' holes, but I've never measured the degree of accuracy it provides. :ashamed:
     
  4. p0689109 Member

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    Chassis looks to have a bit of surface rust! Not already surely?
     
  5. Cobbler

    Cobbler Codger bodger

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    Looks to me that is the frame of the box, not the lorry chassis.
     
  6. p0689109 Member

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    Yes but that is resting on the one underneath which I assume is the chassis.
     
  7. colnerov

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    Hi, The chassis is in the bottom of the pic painted blue, there is a longitudinal bearer on top of it and then the cross bearers at right angles above that he's drilled the holes in.

    Colin
     
  8. p0689109 Member

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    By god you have got good eyes! Spot on.
     
  9. mylesdw

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    Yes, it's the box frame that is a bit rusty. When I do Mark II I will strip the whole box off and the deck steel-work will get a blast and paint. In the mean time it is only surface rust.
     
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  10. mylesdw

    mylesdw Member

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    ...continued from above.

    Open the hole out to 16mm

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    Slip in a piece of steel pipe and weld round ends

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    Finish with Mr Grinder

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    Job's a good'un.

    For the front two mounts I had to make up threaded inserts and weld them to the frame in a similar way

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  11. mylesdw

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    This week I have been mainly...

    cutting, welding and grinding - making the frame for the first side-locker

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  12. mylesdw

    mylesdw Member

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    Trial fit, seems fine.

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  13. mylesdw

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    A couple of thoughts -
    • Extend back towards the wheel? It stops there to clear the spring hanger but you could have an additional locker if it was easily removable i.e. bolted on. Probably gain 250-300mm
    • Remove the diesel tank brackets and have it sitting in the locker. Lowering it slightly would make filling easier and you'd gain the locker space around it.
    • Maybe move the diesel tank all the way to the front of the locker
     
  14. octo0072000

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    only point i see is it looks to low if going over rough ground you could bottom out
    fuel tank is at that height for a reason
     
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  15. colnerov

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    Hi, You could extend the locker all the way to the mudguard and just have an removable panel to access the shackle pin or slightly bigger to be able to unbolt the hanger bracket. I would keep the fuel tank covered to avoid extremes of temperature to stop the tank 'sweating' and causing too much condensation internally.

    Colin
     
  16. mylesdw

    mylesdw Member

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    I think the ground clearance is fine - it's way above the stated minimum and about the same as our horse truck which had much longer wheelbase.

    The fuel tank could move forward into the front locker. That locker is an awkward shape anyway to clear the brake servo but the tank might sit front of that (I haven't checked yet) Lowering the tank to the locker level and moving slightly away from the centre-line would make it easier to fill; it's awkward at the moment being too close to the deck. That would free up a whole lot of locker space in the centre.

    Great being able to run ideas by you guys.
     
  17. mylesdw

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    Building a shower tray

    I built a shower tray that allows the whole of the shower and toilet to be a wet-room.

    First I built the base out of scrap timber (mostly old desks).

    It has
    • A raised area where you stand
    • A plinth for the toilet
    • A channel round the edge
    • Two drains, front and rear
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    Next add some sides, and radius the corners with household filler

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    Then put release agent on the sides and lay up two layers of mat

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    Trim and remove the sides

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    and paint with two coats of flo-cote white

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    Finished the final layer with a foam roller which gave a nice surface that should not be too slippery when wet.
     
  18. jpmillermatic

    jpmillermatic Member

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    you make that look terribly easy!...awesome job!

    JP
     
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  19. mylesdw

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    It's not flash but I think it will do the job.

    What has my life come to? I should be building hot rods or speedboats or aeroplanes but no, a bloody shower tray!!
     
  20. jpmillermatic

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    HA!...yeah, but its a really nice shower tray!....maybe to satisfy the hot rod urge, cut some no slip material for the floor in the shape of flames. ;)

    As for the tank, I wondered how you were going to get fuel into it when I first saw the pics, so moving it forward and down would solve a lot of "I should have" regrets later. moving it forward and down, with an emphasis on forward, would also keep it just that much more out of harms way for clearance issues with the ground....(though it sounds like you will be fine anyway)

    JP
     
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