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Post  Midwest Steam on Sat 31 Aug 2019, 7:22 pm

Well I spend all morning getting everything lined up, drilled out and riveted. Most of the time was spend drilling the 4 corner holes, either it’s really hard steel or my drill bits are dull...bet it’s the full bits. Anyways that’s all done and the tops and bottoms have been ground down to accept the end pieces. I will have to correct the bend on the end pieces but that’s an easy fix.

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Post  Midwest Steam on Thu 05 Sep 2019, 3:43 pm

I have discovered that high speed drill bits aren’t the right tools for this job. Went out and picked up some Milwaukee cobalt drill bits meant for hard steel and that made all the difference, it cuts through like a hot knife through butter.

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Post  Midwest Steam on Sat 07 Sep 2019, 2:55 am

With the last clicks of the ratchet wrench and a sign of relieve, the belly tank is finished. Time to give me fingers a well earned rest

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