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Old July 23rd, 2015, 08:14 AM
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Very cool, it's making me rethink the way I'm doing mine.
I'm curious about the horizontal cross members, they look shallower than the original steel ones, is that just an illusion?
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One minor thing - doesn't welding on both the horizontal and vertical crossmembers essentially lock the new tub floor into place, making it impossible to remove without cutting out the welds?

One of the advantages I found of the original steel crossmembers on the tub is that they were removable. This allowed the floor of the tub to be easily be removed by removing the rivets.
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Very cool, it's making me rethink the way I'm doing mine.
I'm curious about the horizontal cross members, they look shallower than the original steel ones, is that just an illusion?
You're right - they're shallower. The steel ribs grow about an inch in height once they're inboard of the body mounts on the chassis. That would have been a tedious piece to make so we ran a fixed height the entire way.

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One minor thing - doesn't welding on both the horizontal and vertical crossmembers essentially lock the new tub floor into place, making it impossible to remove without cutting out the welds?

One of the advantages I found of the original steel crossmembers on the tub is that they were removable. This allowed the floor of the tub to be easily be removed by removing the rivets.
The floor assembly itself is still affixed to the tub sides using rivets, so removal would be similar and probably equally tedious, since the factory fasteners typically have to be cut out from the bottom in my experience. Though to be honest I can't think of a single good reason to remove the floor except for replacement...

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Old July 23rd, 2015, 09:16 AM
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You're right - they're shallower. The steel ribs grow about an inch in height once they're inboard of the body mounts on the chassis. That would have been a tedious piece to make so we ran a fixed height the entire

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So are you going to run a spacer between the chassis and the new cross members to maintain the proper height?
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No, the critical height is the 'short side' of the steel rib that sits on the chassis pads. That's how tall our aluminum ribs are all the way across. The added height on the steel rib is for strength, which isn't quite as important in our case since the whole assembly is built of considerably thicker material.

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EDIT: Here's a picture to help illustrate.
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Old July 23rd, 2015, 09:32 AM
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No, the critical height is the 'short side' of the steel rib that sits on the chassis pads. That's how tall our aluminum ribs are all the way across. The added height on the steel rib is for strength, which isn't quite as important in our case since the whole assembly is built of considerably thicker material.

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Ah that makes sense.
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Old July 23rd, 2015, 10:23 AM
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Well this certainly has me thinking, especially since I would need to make mods to the existing cross members for my new seats and to access the fuel sender on the tank.

Plus the one piece floor I had made is plenty thick to take some of the load of using aluminum cross members Click image for larger version

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Thanks for posting this up. The timing is good!
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