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car trailer couch build

Project: Design and build couch/bed for racecar trailer.

Started out with a 4x8 sheet of 3/4 plywood. Cut a 15 inch wide and 29 inch wide piece and had my neighbor upolster with 3 inch foam. Fab of metal brackets begins
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Fabrication of the side brackets welded up and ready for powder coat
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Powder coating using Harbor Frieght gun and powder from www.powderbuythepound.com
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Bake 400f 10 minutes PMT(part metal temp) in the convection oven I bought off Craigslist for $20
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Powder coated some solid motor mounts I welded up for the Mustang while I had the gun out with Extruded Chrome followed with clear coat.
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Install in the trailer with temp legs made from PVC.
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Ready to roll the car in the trailer for the Jefferson 500 next weekend
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After the race I need to come up with a clever idea for the legs? Thinking if I do it right I might be able to make detachable legs that can also be used to hold the bed against the wall in place of the two pieces I made up in a pinch. If I can buy some folding legs 14 inches long I might just buy a set

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and its nap time

maybe a couple more hinges for the legso they just lay again the seat when you flip it up and hang down where you need them when you flip the seat down?
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and its nap time

maybe a couple more hinges for the legso they just lay again the seat when you flip it up and hang down where you need them when you flip the seat down?
I was thinking about that and it's certainly simple but I was thinking something that can have a double use. There are T shaped tracks in the wall of the Gold Rush trailer. Also the legs would increase the width of the bed when it's folded up against the wall. Not sure if that really matters since it would only be an inch or so.

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BTW, There is a company that already makes something like this but they wanted $700 and wanted to charge me another $160 to ship it to the east coast from LA. Decided I could do it myself with my own hardware design

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nice to see it come together. maybe take some folding legs off a folding table and cut them down.



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This is excellent. Man, I can't count how many times I wished I had a couch in my van for those long waits between heats at the kart track - a bed would be evern better. Very cool solution.

How'd the finish of the powder coating turn out compared to having a pro do it? It looks great in the pics.
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This is excellent. Man, I can't count how many times I wished I had a couch in my van for those long waits between heats at the kart track - a bed would be evern better. Very cool solution.

How'd the finish of the powder coating turn out compared to having a pro do it? It looks great in the pics.
Some pieces came out great and others needed a second coat. I'm still getting the hang of it. Great forum on Eastwoods site. All in all pretty easy if you take your time. Comes out better if you outgas the parts in the oven for an hour or so before you try to powder coat. A couple of the pieces I put a second coat on while the part was still hot and tossed it back in the oven to fix some screwups.

In a lot of ways it's more forgiving than spray painting. If you catch your screwups before you cure it in the oven and just blow the powder off the part with compressed air and start again.

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nice to see it come together. maybe take some folding legs off a folding table and cut them down.
I've thought about that but haven't found anything I liked yet. I'm trying to over engineer the whole thing since I'm having fun. Thought about removable legs that stow on the side rails too?

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Part of the design criteria was I couldn't drill any holes in the trailer and it had to mount to the existing factory tracks built into the trailer walls

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Some pieces came out great and others needed a second coat. I'm still getting the hang of it. Great forum on Eastwoods site. All in all pretty easy if you take your time. Comes out better if you outgas the parts in the oven for an hour or so before you try to powder coat. A couple of the pieces I put a second coat on while the part was still hot and tossed it back in the oven to fix some screwups.

In a lot of ways it's more forgiving than spray painting. If you catch your screwups before you cure it in the oven and just blow the powder off the part with compressed air and start again.
Makes sense. I've yet to progress past the Krylon touch, so it's great seeing threads like this. Very cool.
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The spray bombs chip off too easy. The powder coat is tough as nails and is even hard to scratch.

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The spray bombs chip off too easy. The powder coat is tough as nails and is even hard to scratch.
Sounds like I need to step up my game.

You hit it on the head - no matter how many coats and how much prep I do, the slightest touch with a wrench or when trying to fit the part, and the paint chips. I'm super careful to avoid it happening, but inevitably you get a small chip here or there.
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