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post #41 of 118

dont ya love it when crap comes up.its always something.

post #42 of 118
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Good news for a change...


The trailer issue may be resolved finally.  One of my customers is wrecking out an old 28ft(ish) boat.  Old wooden thing with big wholes in it.  The trailer is what he wasn't sure about.  I suggested that for a couple of racks of ribs I could get rid of it for him.  (many smiles all around).  So as soon as he can cut the boat up and burn it the trailer is mine.  Tandem axles 5-7000# cap. and the cross members are parallel to the ground  and not bent into a "V".  Decking should be VERY easy.  


Hopefully the weather will change soon and I can start welding again.  Not having a shop make this very slow going on the Oregon coast.  Since my last smoke I seemed to start killing my 'little' smoker I need to get the beast done sooner.


More to follow...


Thanks for coming by.

post #43 of 118

Good deal on the trailer, food works wonders.


If your lucky the trailer will have the axle over the springs for a lower deck height. If not maybe you can flip them.

post #44 of 118
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The trailer is large enough I may just put a deck on top and cook from there.  Plus I want to add my propane grill for burgers to and some storage.  Maybe in the future I can add a canopy to the whole deal and some lighting.  I just hope he hurries cutting that boat up, I am fit to be tied on this project!  I am thinking about making a smaller RF for my back yard so I can cook on a smaller scale.

post #45 of 118
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Trailer update.  The gentleman that is GIVING me this old trailer is working quickly to break down the boat and burn it (rotten old wooden thing).  The frame is very solid with some surface rust but all of the steel seems structurally sound.  The boat is 22' long for size reference and the deck of the trailer is flat with raised rollers.  It should convert to a platform very well.  The plan is to place the smoker facing into the center of the trailer and work from on top of the deck.  Maybe place a fold out table and my stainless steel burger grill on also. I hope to have it in my possession in the next couple of weeks. Then the wire wheel and grinder will start cleaning and get ready for the tank.  The goal is to have the basic trailer done so I can use it this season. If I can make some money then I can pour it back into the trailer.


I hope this will start moving a little faster than the last year.



post #46 of 118

man i love looking at what ppl are building..im getting ready to build an 80g kinda small to yours but its going to be fun..be safe man...can not waite to see some pics

post #47 of 118

Rick, I just looked up perseverance in wikipedia. I do believe I saw your picture. I also know you do NOT have ADHD.

It is obvious your goal will be achieved ( it has only been 1 1/2 years).

Please take a picture of your smile when the project has produced it first Q. I know it will be a success.

post #48 of 118

A year and a half isn't to bad LOL 


I have honey do's older then that. Opps, did I say that out loud. My build has been going since last halloween and it won't be truley finished ever. I still have the new smoker to build when the trailer is finished. but the trailer and current smoker is getting close to being done for now. 


My ADD, ADHD, and OCD has all been working in overdrive.

post #49 of 118
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Ok ok...here is an update.  The gentleman that is giving me the trailer, in his late 60's-early 70's is cutting this boat up with an electric chainsaw.  I drove by yesterday and it looks mostly done, I am hoping to pull the trailer out late this week or early next week.  After that, sanding sanding sanding then weld on some mount for the tank and then....the firebox.  My two welders,(both very small time) died and now I am looking for another one. I have a friend that will loan one to me but he is the type that expects the moon for loaning a pebble if you know what I mean.  My life right now is so consumed with my job that what I want to do seems to always take a back seat.  Trust me, it pains me that this has been going on for 1 1/2 years.  


BTW I have to cook about 12 racks of ribs this Saturday on the little Brinkman Smoke N Pit.  That thing is hurting from all the use this year.


Thanks again for the support guys and gals.  


post #50 of 118

Man after reading your post, I sure hope you didnt take it that anyone was giving ya crap about the build time.


Just remember ( Good things come to those who wait.) Sometimes it sucks but it most always works out. 


The up side of a long term build is you have plenty of time to decide what and where you want it.

I cant even count how many things I have changed on mine due to not really thinking it thru.


Hang in there Smokey

post #51 of 118
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Not at all.  It all good.  I am just frustrated with the time frame with the product.  I should pick up the trailer, God willing,  today. We'll see how that work out.  


No worries, I have thick skin and broad shoulders.  I hope to have pictures tonight if the weather holds.



post #52 of 118
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ARG! The rims that I picked up for the trailer don't align! Ok. we will try again. The tires are good that is a plus.

Edited by Smokey Mo - 3/24/11 at 11:04pm
post #53 of 118
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Monsoon! Tires are on the right rims and the rims are on the trailer.  The trailer is at my house.  Dry day and some good help and it will be cleaned up and ready to mount the tank on. Should be updates soon folks. This build is in real time.!!!


Time for bed.



post #54 of 118

icon14.gifAwesome man,I cant wait to see her finished

post #55 of 118
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Ok, the next piece of the puzzle is home.  Here is the trailer.  tandem axles with brakes, and already a flat deck. 




a closer look at the deck. it is nice and flat. The fenders need to be replaced for sure. Next step the power washer.




post #56 of 118
Looking forward to seeing more of this one. I love the trailer. nice score!!
post #57 of 118
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I inherited a Lincoln Buzz Box from my Gramps via my Dad. It is old enough to say 'Montgomery Wards' on the front.  But under the hood it is all Lincoln.

Had to do some repairs but is works well.  Now I just have to learn how to stick weld.  I have only ever used a wire feed welder.



Have gathered the parts together, and have worked a little at night to move this ball along.


Here are some pics.


tralier parts.jpg


trailer front.jpg


trailer side.jpg





This huge trailer suddenly became smaller when I added the tank and firebox.  The fire box is 24X24X41" and the tank is 37wide.  I know it looks funny but I am working with what I have been given.  


So far this job is 1 1/2 years and $200 total.  


Have started to weld out the firebox inside and will begin to make the fire grating soon.


The tank has been turned around for weight distribution and I needed the fire box not right over the axles and lights to prevent melting. The domed end will be at the rear of the unit.  It will also allow for a wood storage box up front and eventually a slide out table on the side.


More to come.




Edited by Smokey Mo - 5/10/11 at 7:45pm
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post #59 of 118

Can't wait to see how this progresses.

post #60 of 118
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Some work finally came about.  We had nice weather and spent the day making doors for the fire box. 


I changed the hinges that I was going to use.  I had smaller 3 inch but they seemed to small, and I had two larger ones so I used them.  I will have to get two more tomorrow.  


Here it is when I called it a night...






low and behold the hinges were on straight.  The left hand door has a flange on the inside so when the right hand door closes it will make 

a double seal.




I need to grind out the corners so it will set a little cleaner.


Well tomorrow is another day.



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