More layout! I figured out how to use the 4" wide cuts of the 3/16" plate to make the swing arm support plates:
I make too many mistakes to point out, but I happened to get a pic of this one:
I eventually got my head wrapped around where I didn't screw up on the last one. LOL!
I busted out my handy band saw and stand to cut the pieces out:
Then I stacked them, marked them and pilot drilled them:
After that, I cleaned up everything with a wire brush and got the first piece fit up:
I had some issues when getting to welding. This was the first time I had gotten my TIG welder running since the move. I was expecting the aluminum to weld pretty effing clean, but . . . surprise surprise surprise! No. I actually had quite a lot of issues getting welds started, and this was after wire brushing twice, cleaning with acetone and making sure I didn't touch anything with my bare hands.
Problems aside, I can't complain about this:
Notice the void:
Here's the crud after a pass, before wire brushing:
One pretty darn good run :
Everything is matching up really well thanks to good prep and a solid plan:
The tube is thick enough to not have had any bubbling on the inside:
My little setup, for now: