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Building my riding car:Part 1 Frame asy.

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    Posted: Sep 04 2009 at 9:24pm
Below is a step by step on how I am building my riding cars. They are based off our current riding cars that we use to pull the public. The sides and ends were made using 1/8" flat stock, the center section and cross braces are 1"x3"X.060" tube, and side stiffeners are 1"x1"x.060". The first pic is the material for the project. 
Next I used my plasma cutter to cut the sides. This could also be done using a cut-off wheel or jig saw though it would take more time.
Here I have the sides cut and I am grinding smooth any cut marks left buy the plasma. I clamped both pieces together to ensure they would be exact.
Next I tack welded the stiffners to the sides.
Here I have the ends tacked on and am checking the assembly for squareness before welding the corners.
After the outer frame was squared I added the interior framework. I took extra care to clamp all components in place and stagger my welds to prevent distortion.
Here the frame is welded and holes drilled for the couplers and trucks.
I took the car down to the club for a test run using the club trucks and couplers. The car worked perfect. I pulled Rudy and his boy with no problems on an improvised seat.
I still have to add the bolsters and make some minor tweaks to the coupler pockets. I will be starting the woodwork next week and hopefully have the car completed by next weekend.

Edited by Steve C - Sep 05 2009 at 7:21am
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