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Post by Daddy Dave » Wed Jul 18, 2012 9:43 am

Very nice work and very pretty, too.
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Boy this rabbit hole is really deep!

Post by SwampNinja » Wed Jul 18, 2012 10:06 am

It's about time brother. Glad to see you back on here and getting your boat finished. Congrats on learning how to weld. I'm a subscriber so keep it coming.
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Post by Dixiedog60 » Wed Jul 18, 2012 10:14 am

Looking Good :thumbleft:
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Post by MUGSHOT » Mon Jul 23, 2012 11:12 pm

Looks Killer!!!! I love the seat set up too.... Rear driver and double front.
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Post by Thunder200 » Tue Jul 24, 2012 7:57 am

Man Ive been watching this whole build you got going on. I gotta say for a backyard special you are doing one hell of a job. Looks killer Bud! I got a 4 Cylinder as well and would love to have a hull like that. Looks like a ton of work. Cant wait to see the completion!

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Re: Boy this rabbit hole is really deep!

Post by SwampNinja » Tue Jul 24, 2012 9:56 am

Hey bud. There will be a ride for Bill Elliot the fireman that died in training. If you have your boat done come out support a brother through fire. Thanks.
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Post by cuban cracker » Tue Jul 24, 2012 12:01 pm

Don't think it will be done by the ride if its very soon. When is the ride and I will try to get Gladescat to go.
I took the RED PILL and am staying in wonderland to see how deep the rabbit hole goes!

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Post by glades cat » Tue Jul 24, 2012 12:30 pm

Rich, I believe it's Aug 11, our "B" shift. I'd like to go and support Bill also.
Let me see if I can swap a day with someone.

Looks like you're starting to catch up to that rabbit down that hole.
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Re: Boy this rabbit hole is really deep!

Post by SwampNinja » Tue Jul 24, 2012 2:49 pm

Yeah its Aug 11. Im on B SHIFT also lol... Ill be on a mutual so Im off. Hopefully you guys can do the same. It would be nice to meet you guys.
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Post by cuban cracker » Tue Jul 24, 2012 3:50 pm

Glades, let me know and if you have room count me in. I'll pay for the fuel and food and the beereshments.
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Post by cuban cracker » Tue Jul 24, 2012 4:10 pm

Glades, let me know and if you have room count me in. I'll pay for the fuel and food and the beereshments.
I took the RED PILL and am staying in wonderland to see how deep the rabbit hole goes!

And boy is it deep!

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Post by jimmyflfr » Tue Jul 24, 2012 6:41 pm

Cuban cracker I've talked w you before I'm fort laud fire and I'll be going . I have a couple boats so if you can drive one you can use one for the ride if you want or ride w me. I'll be there for bill

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Post by cuban cracker » Tue Jul 24, 2012 7:37 pm

Jim, I won't drive one of ur boats but if glades can't, I'll ride with u if ur good with that.
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Post by jimmyflfr » Tue Jul 24, 2012 7:42 pm

Sounds like a plan

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Post by cuban cracker » Fri Aug 17, 2012 10:17 pm

Well after a ton of hours tacking we got the wire in place. Placed the first bar at the angle that I wanted and continued the pattern until I got to the half way point on the cage. Then off to the other side and did the same. After all the initial bars were put in place I then found the next angle to give me the diamond shape and direction that I wanted and voila here is what I ended up with.

The space between the hoop was the trickiest with all the compound angles that are involved. Takes a little time but symmetry was kept for the most part.


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Got the seat supports in place. Just need to put a handful of more hours to place the brackets and related stuff for my steering to have this thing ready to go to the paint shop. Or maybe I'll just paint it here at the house, lets see how I feel after I'm done.


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Not bad for my first cage I think. Have learned alot while welding how to adjust heat and speed for a cleaner looking weld. More precise too. At least I am getting closer. Have about 20+ hours in the wiring portion of the cage. Very tedious but sure looks purdy. I am happy up to now.


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A quick thanks to Gladescat and my buddy Red for lending me hand to get it started. Extra hands makes a world of difference when welding the wire in place. Sure was easier than doin it alone for the back half. Thank God for vice-grips is all I can say. Until the next time.
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And boy is it deep!

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Post by Cowboy Rock » Fri Aug 17, 2012 10:58 pm

All I can say is WOW,,, That is a good looking cage,,, U did a great job,,,

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Boy this rabbit hole is really deep!

Post by SwampNinja » Sat Aug 18, 2012 12:41 am

Good job brother. Keep the great work coming.
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Post by skinnypockets » Sat Aug 18, 2012 7:56 am

Cuban, Looking good man, not many people would have what it takes to take on a project like that. :thumbleft:

Have you considered what you're going tn name it? "Rabbit Hole" sounds appropriate!

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Post by SwampNinja » Sat Aug 18, 2012 8:58 am

X2
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Post by hirise » Sat Aug 18, 2012 11:16 am

X3 :rebel:
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Post by cuban cracker » Sat Aug 18, 2012 6:16 pm

Haven't given it much thought on a name, but your suggestion seems pretty good.
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And boy is it deep!

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Post by glades cat » Sat Aug 18, 2012 6:24 pm

You got a lot done after I left. Looks great.
The single wire is surely the way to go.
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Post by cuban cracker » Sun Sep 23, 2012 12:41 am

Got my tank at the beginning of the week. Made a custom neck to accept a fuel gauge gas cap from a "Dixie Chopper" type lawn tractor. Friend of mine hooked up the machine work to get the cap to screw on. I just don't like electrical sending units and I believe I would get aggrevated using a stick to measure the fuel level. On the down side I have to modify what it would read as full but being empty is not a problem for the gauge.

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To get an idea of what it would look like in the hull. I feel that this is a very reliable system to measure fuel which should have minimal to no reliability issues. Hopefully.

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Moving on, 3 crows feet later with the 3rd one being the charm got my steering up and running. All I can say is HOLY SHEEAAT! By far the worst part for me on this whole build. I have got easily close to 20+ hours alone from the crowes foot all the way to the stick. The fun started when I made my first crows foot and after completed noticed that it would hit my prop due to the swing. Shame it looked great. So I cut that one up and made my next one with the pivot point outside of the cage. That one as well put my steering rod in the line of the propeller. Shame that one looked good to. Want to thank this website and the photos available for ideas. So I made a dog leg to attach to the crows foot and the fun began.

First step was making crows foot #3 as shown. If you look you will see a 1/8" wire that I used as a guide to start fabrication. This was a sure fire way for me to see the movement of my bars before I make anything.

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Clamped my support structure in place. Tie wrapped my pivot point in place. Began to form my make shift dog leg to determine arm lengths for clearance and throw.

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Side view to see for clearances and range of motion. Here is were I started to make the bends for my leg to runner linkage to spec clearances.

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At this point I am measuring clearances for the dog leg lengths. As you can see the leg to runner linkage is being pre formed for clearances.

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From that we arrive to this. First welded my support structure in place. Then from the makeshift dog leg I made, I used that as my template to make the dogleg and the leg to rudder linkage. Once the dogleg was welded together I connected the leg to runner linkage and attached it to the leg. The pivot bracket was clamped in place and checked multiple times for clearance and throw. Once that was ok the pivot bracket was welded in place and everything bolted together to make sure there were no screw ups or more important range of motion away from the prop.

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Here are some different angles of the finished fabrication and connections.

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Once this was done it was pretty much down hill from here. To make the stick to dogleg linkage I started by welding up my linkage and attached the heim joint to the dogleg. First I checked my range of motion from full left to right. Once I had the range of motion I compared it to the range of motion pre determined on my stick to see if I had to make an adjustment to my stick "bending" before I move on. Once that checked out ok I made the pre determined bends to the linkage as shown to connect from the dogleg to the stick at a neutral position (straight). Before I welded the other end for the heim joint attachment I verified again range of motion and then cut accounting for heim length.

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Lastly I had to beef up the stick a bit and am leaving it long. Reminds me of an old picture of a boat I saw here on the forum and feel its "traditionalish" so to say. And I am a tall guy so if the need arises that I need to stand and steer I could without killing my back. Range of motion is perfect. No binding, a little rubbing on a cage wire that will be remedied soon. Basically, bracket my tank in place and ready to deck the boat. Once again thanks to this website, Rick for making the website possible, couldn't of done this without the resource available here.

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I took the RED PILL and am staying in wonderland to see how deep the rabbit hole goes!

And boy is it deep!

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Re: Boy this rabbit hole is really deep!

Post by glades cat » Sun Sep 23, 2012 6:32 am

That's an engineering marvel.
It sounds like you had lots of fun building it. lol
Looks good Rich.
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Re: Boy this rabbit hole is really deep!

Post by cuban cracker » Sun Sep 23, 2012 12:51 pm

Gladescat, where's the gator?
I took the RED PILL and am staying in wonderland to see how deep the rabbit hole goes!

And boy is it deep!

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