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Bionic Man

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Posted: 05/02/20 08:38am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Edd505 wrote:

Thread started 12/1/19 ....................


And was updated by OP 4/24...............


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All - Just a quick update.
When I pulled back the fascia I found two things.

First the front "beam" which is about 2x4" bent upwards about 1.5"
I also found that when the beam bent upwards the connections on the back of the kingpin tore away from the back of the box beam.

I Since Covid has been around, it's been difficult to get to the Rig down in santa fe - and interestingly enough, many of the welders weren't interested in meeting with me just to look at it.

move forward and I finally found someone who is was willing to meet with me (along with a couple of other welders).

The one I spoke to and communicated the best wanted to spend some time really looking at what was involved - and he told me he was interested - but his experience with frame welding has been primarily with hitches and such. He told me he wasn't competent to remove the fascia to do the work and for that reason wasn't interested in doing the work. Welding, he felt he could do well, but the disassembly of the rig wasn't something he was comfortable doing.

So I told him I was capable of disassembling the nose and removing the fascia to expose the steel carriage - but since I've never seen someone assemble it, I'm a bit concerned on how ot remove the nose.

I Removed the screws and was able to cut the silicone away from the fibreglass - but when I tried to pull it up and away it was fighting me.

Does anybody have a video or a link of how the nose is assembled?

Thanks in advance!

JOsh

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