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    Need Welding Advice - Concerned About Quality

    another_mike - we did have a contract for the work. it was pretty simple but served as a basis to address any problems (like this one). I asked but did not demand that he defend his work - it was clear i was not going to change his opinion of his work. i instead focused on my uncertainty and...
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    Need Welding Advice - Concerned About Quality

    Since you asked... I requested in writing a full refund (a request I had previously made by phone). He refused in writing. I then shared this post with the welder and he was pretty (very) upset. I pointed out that I had not shared his identity because one bad job is not worth harming a person’s...
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    Custom 2019 Ford F450 & Removable Alum Shell

    What model of CM flatbed? Curious if it will fit on an 2017 F350 SRW.
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    Trade 2017 F350 SRW for DRW?

    Zeeede - I just posted a new thread for you. reach out if you have any questions: https://expeditionportal.com/forum/threads/replace-rear-bench-with-chairs-in-2017-f350.218453/#post-2831992
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    Replace Rear Bench with Chairs in 2017 F350

    I received a few messages about the seats installed in the back of my F350. I thought to post here if anyone else is interested. The 2017 F350 has lariat trim with black leather. I found that the kids weren’t using the entire bench and I wanted a bit more storage in the rear. I also though...
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    Trade 2017 F350 SRW for DRW?

    I have a 2017 F350 Crew Cab Lariat 8' bed SRW with 6,000 miles. Excellent shape. Has most available options except a sunroof. I'd like to trade for a F350 or F450 DRW. I installed two captains chairs in the rear (from 2017 Expedition with matching black leather) and an Aluma aluminum...
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    Need Welding Advice - Concerned About Quality

    Dentedvw, I've not yet found someone new but haven't looked. I am modifying the frame design to reduce welding risk. I've been working with a welding consultant to improve, reduce cost, and simplify the structure. Hopefully I'll be able to take it to a welder soon. I'll post a pic of the new...
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    Need Welding Advice - Concerned About Quality

    Yes, of course. The platforms don't have exclusivity over freelancers, but freelances are bound to work through the platform if they were found through the platform. I went from zero knowledge/experience to engaging in a successful project in just a few hours on Upwork. Think I got lucky...
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    Need Welding Advice - Concerned About Quality

    Even if one was willing to disregard rules of the crowdsourcing platform, i'd be careful working directly with a freelancer if they are not somewhat local. most crowdsourcing platforms enforce mechanisms to protect both the customer and service provider. it's typically not worth the risk for...
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    Need Welding Advice - Concerned About Quality

    I have used Upwork on several occasions for structural analysis. It's hit-or-miss but very convenient and easy to sort through the guys trolling for overpaid jobs with little accountability. Unfortunately the two guys I would recommend have retired from crowd-sourced work. Depending on the...
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    Need Welding Advice - Concerned About Quality

    NatersXJ6 - all good points. I'm pretty confident in the design engineer's work. This is an area I'm more familiar with and I was able to follow his finite element analysis and structural recommendations. His day job involves designing part for others to weld so he has some appreciate for the...
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    Need Welding Advice - Concerned About Quality

    Thanks, Guys. All three responses I've received are in strong agreement. Very much appreciated. Just to be clear... these pictures are after the frame was only tacked together. The plan is for me to approve the assembly when it is tacked together and then he would weld each joint. Not sure...
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    Need Welding Advice - Concerned About Quality

    Hope there are a few welders reading tonight… I am in the process of building a camper that will sit on the flatbed of an F350. I came up with the shape of the camper (very much a traditional flatbed camper with cabover). A smart (paid) engineer designed the aluminum frame to achieve the...
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    Need Fiberglass Foam Core Panel Recommendation

    I have considered Total Composites and requested/received a quote. Very nice guys and definitely know what they are doing. I prefer a more contoured appearance and couldn't get over the limited number of angles they offer. Short update and thanks to all for informative and inspiring posts...
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    Need Fiberglass Foam Core Panel Recommendation

    It’s never too late to join a party. I need a cab over design. This was the greatest design challenge. The camper must sleep four comfortably so the cabover is a must. I don’t think I’ve seen your system with this feature but please let us know if it is possible.
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