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X4 is on wheels~~FINISHED 10/10/15~~PIC HEAVY
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TrailerBuilder
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 03 15 1:14 pm    Post subject: X4 is on wheels~~FINISHED 10/10/15~~PIC HEAVY Reply with quote

I have been working on this build more off than on for a while now. Work has been crazy, quite a bit of travel, and trailer builds last fall and spring were crazy busy with the lawn care guys.

Came across some 24" and 22" pipe a while back and have it stored out back. I have a couple banks and a church interested in seeing one of my builds mobile and Ive been dying to put a cooker on a trailer. I have a pretty good supply of tubing drops from other builds and projects, so had no reason not to get one going.

My scrap pile, a good chunk of 22" pipe 3/8" wall that I found on Craigslist for $100 and an ample supple of 2x4 and 2x2 tubing.


A 56" long piece of 24" pipe 1/4" wall and a sheet of 1/4" plate.


Chamber up on the roller to weld the ends on.


Ends welded up and firebox attached.


Putting a grill inside the firebox, so cut the top side out of the fb.


Framed out the opening for the grill top, all the pieces tacked in place.


Welding it out. Was nice to be able to roll the pipe around and get better access for easier welding.


All welded up.


Got the lid cut out and it sang and popped and banged the whole time.


Sat the lid back in place and it was way off, it had sprung quite a bit. Ive had enough experience with this to know what I was going to do pretty quick. Yep, change of plans, now were going to a square face build.

Cut out a little more of the topside of the chamber.


Starting framing out a square face.


Quality control was on site a lot for this process.






Had a nice day of weather, so got the trailer built. 5x10 with a 3500lb axle set as far back as she would go.




Made a couple saddles to mount the cooker to the trailer.


Kind of a sketchy at best process, but got the cooker picked up and sat on the trailer, in place and welded down.












Wanted to get the firebox moving along. Cut a grate that will sit below the lid to put charcoal on instead of starting a fire in the box if not needed.

Cut some vent holes in some 1/4" plate.


Quality making sure its being done right.


I did put him to work knocking out plugs.


A lift out handle and some expanded metal to keep the charcoal from falling through.


Sitting in place in the firebox.


Didn't have enough space on the end door to cut out my intakes without messing with the integrity of the door, so decided to put the intakes on the side of the fb.


Getting it framed out.


Framed out with the slide done, will finish the right side frame work after it gets sand blasted.


Closed


Open


Got the end door for the firebox done as well.




The charcoal grate for the firebox. Went with a concept Kevin is running on his cooker and ran with it.








Had a nice day out and a buddy that had some free time, so it was time to add the flooring on the trailer. Got a 5x10 piece of tread plate from my steel supplier that had been damaged when they unloaded it. Minimal work to bring in back into shape and a great price...$50



Called in a favor and had some 1/4" 1x3 angles made. Welded a flate plate to the angle framework and made the lid for the firebox/grill. Attached it with some barrel hinges.


Handles on the front.


Took a piece of 3" pipe and quartered it to make a stop.


Filling in the gaps.


Finished out.






Grate is built and sitting in place.


So it has been a Wreckless style quick build up to this point Laughing Where she is sitting at now has been a year or better in the making. I have a little more free time right now with work and travel, so Im going to try and hit this thing hard the next month or so and get it close to done. I need to finish the doors and grates for the chamber and the chamber and firebox will be done. I plan some dry storage and worktop area, a dual burner set up and some wood storage along with an area to put a couple fold up tables.

More to follow...
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 03 15 1:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looking good! Wink
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 03 15 7:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mad skills....
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 03 15 8:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Awesome work Troy. Nice trailer build. Like the grill. Nice to have the knowledge to know when to make changes on the fly when a door springs. Very nice work. Hope your supervisor approves of the changes. Smile
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 03 15 9:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Awesome!! Lots of work there and I like the way you overcame the warped door issue. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 03 15 11:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nicely done TrailerBuilder, your fabrication skills are top notch. I am looking forward to more updates! Your trailer size is similar to my build and I hope to get some ideas from your layout. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 04 15 1:26 am    Post subject: x4 Reply with quote

Troy the pit looks good
Mike might have a little paint left Razz

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 04 15 4:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks fantastic!! Looking forward to see how the rest turns out.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 04 15 7:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It was good to re-live the build up to now Brother. Very Happy
The phone pics do not do her justice, she looks awesome. Very Happy
I am glad to see you found some use for that old scrap angle iron that was laying around. Wink
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 04 15 12:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Troy,
First class as always!
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 05 15 7:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Troy looks like your flying now Very Happy
Glad to see your QC gave you the thumbs up Wink
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 07 15 11:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sweet Build Troy.......Looks like you've incorporated almost everything I've wanted to do to mine! Very Happy

Keep the updates coming......

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 09 15 11:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank You Chris Very Happy

Thanks Mike Cool

Thank You Paul, I think the boss is okay with things so far.

Thank You Mike, The square door grows on a guy pretty quick.

Flyingj, Thank You man. Your build is awesome man, please borrow any of mine as you see fit Very Happy

Thank you Chuck, coming from you means a lot. Im afraid Mike might be liking that red color, he might not want to share.

Thank You Smoldering Coals Very Happy I appreciate you looking.

Thanks Kevin You know I have to use a tad bit of scrap iron to keep you happy. Wait til you see the rest of the layout Shocked

Thank You Ernie Good to see you man.

Thank You Maniac

Thanks Ed
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 10 15 9:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow! That's about the only word that comes to mind Very Happy
What an incredible display of both fabrication and design skills. looking forward to watching this build Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 12 15 7:10 am    Post subject: Re: x4 Reply with quote

Chuck wrote:
Troy the pit looks good
Mike might have a little paint left Razz

Chuck

He has to come get the paint. The rig has wheels, we'll head on over to Vidor after the paint dries. Kevin has the $$ for the meat market from all their award prize winnings. Just show up.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 12 15 9:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Troy,
Awesome work bro!
I'm like'n what I see so far and I will be watching! Mr. Green
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 13 15 12:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wicked coal basket! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 14 15 5:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dang Troy you are flat out knocking that sucker out of the park..... I really like that firebox.... the grill top might have to borrow that...... looking awesome as usual
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 15 15 9:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

dmike25, thank you for the kind words, I truly appreciate that.

Mike, I might just show up and get that paint one of these days. A reunion weekend really should be planned out before too much longer.

My Man Chuck, Thank You Brother! Good to see you snooping around some.

Thanks Mike, that's a k.a.m. concept that I ran with.

Thank You Paul, anything you see off of my build you want, just take it, lord knows Ive borrowed a few of your concepts Wink
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 15 15 9:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Got a little bit of work done on the project over the Christmas break and the first few days of January. Was hoping work would slow down the first couple months of the new year and I could get this thing done and gone, but doesn't look like that will be the case, hopefully this project wont draw out much longer.

Got the grates built, did a full length grate on the bottom and split 2 on the top. I wanted this cooker to be able to do whole hogs if wanted.




With the split grates, I ran tubing down from the topside of the chamber for supports.





QC approved Very Happy


Got the doors hung and the handles and latch done.








Kicked the latch around some with what I wanted to do. Tried a couple things and didn't like, so I went pretty simple. Custom made some pieces and attached to the handle rod. The metal comes up right under the top grates and tightens in place.


Im hoping this weekend I can start getting a dual burner and some dry storage area framed out and built. All depends on work I suppose Rolling Eyes


More to follow...
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