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    Default Rat's Nest rims don't fit

    The rims and tires came in for the rat's nest yesterday. So this morning I headed down to Discount Tire to have them mounted





    Well because they are a truck rum the back spacing was off. This was the thinnest rim available in this style. I have 3 inches of room between the back of the tire and the fender well. In front the tire won't clear the inside lip of the inside of the fender.






    So I put the blue wheels back on and took the trailer back. Pulled out the axle from under the trailer.







    While I had the trailer up on jack stands I noticed a bulge in the underbelly. I looked up in there and discovered an old rat's nest. How ironic?












    Anyway I brought the axle in the garage and started cleaning up the 50 year old nuts & bolts.


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    Since I had 3 inches of space behind the tire I decided to shorten the axle by 4 inches. This would suck in two inches from each side. This would give me an inch clearance in the inside and a 1/2 inch clearance to the outside. So I measured center then subtracted 2 inches from either side and cut out a 4 inch section of solid steel. I'm glad a friend loaned me his chop saw.












    Tomorrow I'll weld the two halves and weld a square tube sleeve over the seam.



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    Nice step by step coverage, great photos. I hope it all works out, seems like it should.

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    Rims look so sweet on there, your makin my teeth hurt! Whatever it takes, good luck.
    Always keep em smokin,,,,then let er drift!

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    Nice touch with the wheels.

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    A rat's nest on the Rat's Nest

    Since I had 3 inches of space behind the tire I decided to shorten the axle by 4 inches. This would suck in two inches from each side. This would give me an inch clearance in the inside and a 1/2 inch clearance to the outside. So I measured center then subtracted 2 inches from either side and cut out a 4 inch section of solid steel. I'm glad a friend loaned me his chop saw.
    That's what I love this crowd! Anywhere else if it doesn't fit people say "Oh well, take it back and get a refund" - but not a gear-head! If it doesn't fit you just MAKE it fit!


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    Phrases a good gear head just doesn't understand...

    It won't fit....
    That won't work...
    You can't do that...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rooster View Post
    Phrases a good gear head just doesn't understand...

    It won't fit....
    That won't work...
    You can't do that...
    The last two posts I've read from you have been nothing short of great!

    ETA: Great project and determination Redneck! I would recommend stick welding an axle rather than the easier Mig. 7018 FTW! Unless it's cast iron, if it is you will have to go another route.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gtdhw View Post
    The last two posts I've read from you have been nothing short of great!
    LOL, I race lawn mowers...doesn't that make me one of the Ultimate Gear heads?

    It also proves I have a sense of humor, lol!

    Seriously, I grew up a mechanics son, started racing at 8 or something, drove trucks, and now a machinist. Oil really does run through my veins, and I am one of the few that can Honestly claim when given the wife's "Me or racing" ultimatum....I won the heat and feature that weekend....rofl

    If it ain't broke, you either won or wasn't trying hard enough!

    Forgot that one earlier, lol!

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    Default Matching rims on The Fat Rat and The Rat's Nest

    My friend Al and I finished the axle modification today.

    We zip-tied the axle to a milk crate and jack stand. We made sure both halves were flush, level ans squared before welding. I know stick welder would be better, but a MIG is all we have. I got two feet of 1/4 inch thick walled square tubing. Slid that onto one of the halves. Al welded (Better welder than me) the two halves together. I grounded down the welds for a smooth finish. Slid the square tubing over and centered it on the axle. The weld for the 2 halves is now supported by a steel tube a foot in either direction. Then Al welded all sided of the tubing to the axle.

    I ground and smoothed all the welds then primed the axle. I'll go back and paint it when I spray a rubberized under-coating on the bottom of the trailer.






    Last edited by rednecks; 09-10-2011 at 08:55 AM.
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