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Project of the Century E-450 Dovetail

Discussion in 'Original Pictures Forum' started by flatlander42, May 12, 2011.

  1. flatlander42

    flatlander42 LawnSite Silver Member
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    The entire thing just Bolts together. It took a buddy and myself about 30 minutes to put it all on for the first time. I'm sure it could be done faster if needed. But I don't really plan on taking it off. I figured it would be nice to be able to do so if needed.

    So...first things first. DRIVE ON IT!!! I was about a half inch from driving my B2 up it!! Not sure what the gate would think of it tho.


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  2. PrimoSR

    PrimoSR LawnSite Member
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    That's awesome, nice work! Will it have any other uses besides transporting mowers?
     
  3. flatlander42

    flatlander42 LawnSite Silver Member
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    Not any other real uses yet. But I may put a Goose Neck hitch on her sometime and the dovetail would have to go then. Also, there will be a Box of some sort on the front to haul grass. It will be the full width, and about 6' back from the front. Over time the box will be some sort of side dump. But for now I will be scooping.
     
  4. flatlander42

    flatlander42 LawnSite Silver Member
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    PIC #3 of post #51. Look close at the gap between the ramp and dovetail. Turns out I am not patient enough when welding the mesh on the ramp. It warped it. If you sight your eye down the width of the ramp, you can see it warped it about 1/2". I thought about turning the ramp upside down, parking my navigator on it and beating it back straight. Then the more I thought about it it may have bent like this over time anyways. IF it ever becomes a problem I could always straighten it out and weld something over that top piece of square tube.

    That is the one problem I will have with the hinge points so far appart.
     
  5. knox gsl

    knox gsl LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Look at O&R's pics thread he has a picture of a isuzu with a dump insert mounted sideways on the front of the bed. Seems like it would be very doable. Looks like your good at fabbing stuff up maybe build a dump box yourself.
     
  6. flatlander42

    flatlander42 LawnSite Silver Member
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    do you have a link to what you are talking about?


    As far as the dump box goes.....I've been looking at those too. And yeah I would be building whatever. I have a load of ideas. But I need to find what would be cool, and functional at the same time.
     
  7. flatlander42

    flatlander42 LawnSite Silver Member
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    Here is what the inside of that cab-back looks like. More than meets the eye.



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  8. knox gsl

    knox gsl LawnSite Platinum Member
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    How close are you to the dash with that cab back?
     
  9. flatlander42

    flatlander42 LawnSite Silver Member
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    The drivers side is tight, but ok. The passenger side is do-able but sucks. I just kinda slapped it together and now I'm shopping for a deeper one. Like a u-haul or the new schwans trucks.
     
  10. flatlander42

    flatlander42 LawnSite Silver Member
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    sides before paint.


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