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Old 07-20-2009   #11
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That is a fine creation of a frame HPMG... only one problem.... you should sit on the drybox so that you do not have to be the beer-fetcher while oaring. Ha! Really, how the hell did you make those frame plates? It would be so nice to have a large drybox with the same customization that you did for your captain's boxes so you could have a little extra volume with not extra boat space.

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Old 07-21-2009   #12
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The frame is setup to sit on the drybox, obviously machined, HPMG is probably a machinist or an engineer that can actually operate tools too.

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Old 07-21-2009   #13
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Thanks Shapp! I am a machinist, and I have all of the NC programs and tooling to produce more of the fittings if someone were interested.

The frame can also be easily converted to a day frame, using the cross bars for the double rails. I am in the middle of finishing up this setup at this time, when I am (next couple days, hopefully), I will start a thread and post some pics of the fittings, the frame setup in both configurations and give a good description.

Penguin, I just noticed that you were looking for a longer box, and I think Frontier also makes a 24" x 12 box that might work for you. A larger bevel would be required, but would probably work just the same. On a cut that size, curving the cut to follow the tube would minimize wasted space, just bend the sheet to the curve when welded on. Would look pretty sweet.
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Old 07-21-2009   #14
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Originally Posted by shappattack View Post
HPMG, what are those fittings you have on your double rail setup, please post some pics of those? I can see something that looks very intersting under there!quote]

Here are some pics. The side decking bolts directly to the fittings. To disassemble, just pull the snap pins that hold the center bars in place, in minutes it is broken down, and the side decking never has to come off, unless you need to change the layout of the frame.

You can also see how the bevel cut on the drybox fits close to the tube.
Wow - those are some beautiful fittings you made.
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Old 07-21-2009   #15
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HPMG, do you build frames for $$? Or just a hobby? Beautiful work..
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Old 07-22-2009   #16
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Thanks Raftus, Kevdog!

I didn't intend to do this for money, but I have already commited to building a frame for my neighbor and I have a couple other local people who have expressed interest, so who knows? I have the facilities to do the work and I enjoy it, we'll see what happens.

I just posted some more pics with description in GearTalk.

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