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Project of the Century E-450 Dovetail

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

  1. mowandblow1980

    mowandblow1980 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 167

    Great project. Im def subscribing to this thread. Cant wait to see finished product.
  2. Tyler's Lawn Maintenance

    Tyler's Lawn Maintenance LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 341

    Approximately how long has it taken to build this and have you used it in the field with it in the state it is in now? Looks like a great project and you did an amazing job on it! I don't think we have a problem with our gate sticking straight up on the NPR or on our 20ft trailer.
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  3. knox gsl

    knox gsl LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,059

    We need to see some more progress!
  4. flatlander42

    flatlander42 LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,239

    I have had the van for about a year now. If you add the actuall hours I bet I have less than a week or two of total work into it. No, I have only driven it around in "flatbed mode" to get the metal and stuff. I'm going to have all of my poop in a group before BIGFOOT gets a hold of me. Yeah, it is 14.5k gvwr.....and dot numbers will probably be needed.

    It is still as seen in the pics posted here. I drilled a few holes and put some nice big bolts on the hinges as a stop to keep the gate vertical instead of the spring pulling it down to the front. I will make them easily removeable for the two days when I go out of town and want the ramp to go down to the front. I also began to wire the tail lights in.
  5. XLS

    XLS LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,038

    subscribed. Looks good
    I dont think the bottoming out is as big of a deal as you think ours is alot lower and it takes a sharp spot to hit . I think the wheel releifs will be the major problem at this point when its loaded and has grass it looks like it would be less then 2'' and the truck will need 4'' of wheel travel for suspension travel alone . By the look i am betting the entire side of those rails will be cut in by the time its finished , Good luck ,great project
  6. flatlander42

    flatlander42 LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,239

    When there is nothing on the truck there is enough room for about 4 fingers to fit between the side and the tire. With both mowers on it there is room for about 3 fingers. Only the pinky wouldnt fit.

    I plan on loading both mowers and going down my street and hitting some of the big dips and seeing if the tire rubs. Then let the cutting begin!.......if needed.
  7. XLS

    XLS LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,038

    thats the fastest way to test it ,you got a good plan if possible hit a railrod track its where we learned of our mistakes lol .
  8. nightshutter

    nightshutter LawnSite Senior Member
    from UT
    Posts: 513

    Wow nice project. That gave me an idea to put those ramps on my truck. I was thinking of making wood ones so I dont aways have to pull my heavy trailer. interesting
  9. cashishift

    cashishift LawnSite Member
    Posts: 57

    where you from in Nebraska?
  10. flatlander42

    flatlander42 LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,239

    South Central....and you?

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