1994 Mitsubishi Mighty Max - Weekend Warrior: STK TRUK Edition Part 2: Notch
13. Using the torch like a...
13. Using the torch like a precision tool, Steve cut out our notch sides.
14. Here's what we had to...
14. Here's what we had to work with: two matching sides.
15. Using the old 4-inch grinder,...
15. Using the old 4-inch grinder, we ground our edges smooth.
16. Using a 4-inch C-clamp,...
16. Using a 4-inch C-clamp, we placed our notch side into place and verified our measurements. Also, we made sure the bottom of the notch stayed at 29 5/8 inches, because you'll be adding the1/8-inch plate to the bottom of the sides.
17. Steve then tacked the...
17. Steve then tacked the outside plate into place. This was to ensure that it wouldn't budge during the placement of the rest of the notch.
18. Using the same C-clamp...
18. Using the same C-clamp as before, we placed our inside half into place, and then measured for placement. Ours was off by a bit so we used a hammer to move it over a little.
19. We looked through the...
19. We looked through the scrap pile and found some 1/8-inch steel. We used this to make some support plates for the inside of our frame, as these will ensure our sides don't move in and that they stay in place.
20. Lowlife Mike came in to...
20. Lowlife Mike came in to lend us a hand, and Steve let him weld the inside plates of the notch so Mike could practice on his welds. Also, so Steve could take a drink break. I used this time for a Kodak moment to show him some appreciation.
21. Once we were done goofing...
21. Once we were done goofing off, Steve came in and finished welding the sides of the notch.
22. We cut some 1/8-inch plate...
22. We cut some 1/8-inch plate to finish off the top and bottom of the notch. First, we tacked the bottom into place to make the middle easier to bend.
23. We added some tacks to...
23. We added some tacks to the top, and then Steve bent it with his shear super-hero strength and a sledgehammer.
24. Using the same sledge...
24. Using the same sledge hammer, Steve pushed the last piece end and got it ready to tack down.
25. Next, we welded the pieces...
25. Next, we welded the pieces together, and no, J.B. Weld will not work for this application.
26. Ok, so here is our finished...
26. Ok, so here is our finished project. Well, almost finished.
27. By using the torch, we...
27. By using the torch, we cut the old frame section out. We used the same 1/8-inch steel cap for the bottom of the notch in the same way as the top.
28. Here, you can see the...
28. Here, you can see the awesome-looking and finished notch.
29. Next, we smoothed it out...
29. Next, we smoothed it out by using the 4-inch grinder, and the job was done. So, what was next? I guess, you'll find out next month.
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