Originally Posted by Lostone
You wouldn't happen to have blue prints for your plates would you?
Also I agree with someone from above you NEVER EVER want to weld on the BAL Ultra Frames (or any stamped frame). I promise you they will crack at the edge of the heat zones. There's a really good reason that they use huck bolts on these things.
Are you a metallurgist? I'm not but I do know enough about welding high tensile steel and I challenge you to a bend or break test anyday. I'll give you the sledgehammer and or jackhammer to try and break my welds on this trailer!
I used a 70,000 lb tensile strength electrode with the correct heat the welds have very good penetration. I wore out two red iron oxide grinding wheels cleaning up a couple of areas of spatter and rounding a couple of corners.
If you don't have anything positive or constructive to say please stay off this thread. I have plenty of successful stories of welding stuff that most folks think can't be welded. I have had some failures also, but I can assure you this will not be one of them. I have already tested the welds on vertical and horizontal strength, the frame will bend with my welds.