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    Canadian ST3 build!
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    Hello all!

    I am brand new to this forum and thought a good first post would be documenting my adventures so far with my ST3 build.

    I have chosen to start the build via Oxy acetylene welding the bottom part of the frame.

    Pictures to follow shortly once I figure how to upload them from my cell phone.

    So far I have gotten the square tubing all welded up and am now starting on the A Arms!

    Stay tuned!
    Mike
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    Re: Canadian ST3 build!
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    Hi Mike, welcome, what part of Canada are you from?
    Use photobucket to host the pics, then link to the pic so it shows up in the thread.
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    Welcome to MiniBuggy . U say your Oxy Acetl welding your frame .. Man thats askin for a warp like star trek . Your prob gona discolor at least a foot of tube on each side of the weld which means warpage .. dude get a mig and save your build
    The question is not if its gona roll. Its when ..

    That be some kind of church cruzzer or commuter bike thingy ?
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    Re: Canadian ST3 build!
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    Thanks!

    I'm in Airdrie Alberta.

    Thanks for the advice, I'll get some pics up with photo bucket.

    Lol funny you mentioned that, as my second post on this site was in the far section about my frame warping too much lol already looking in to a 140amp 110v welder. I have a 90 amp but it's not really cutting it.

    Cheers!
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    Re: Canadian ST3 build!
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    Finally figured this picture thing out:

    Laying out the base of the frame



    Cutting and setting up the tubing for welding:



    All welded up (oxyacetylene)



    Hopefully what I'll end up with:



    Next on the list is getting the suspension done up!

    Ill be using schedule 40 pipe, where can I find bushings and rod ends online?

    Thanks!
    Mike
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    Glad to see you got the pix thing figured out.

    You may want to think about using tubing instead of pipe. I know it's been debated before, but mild steel (1018) really is a better choice for the chassis..
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    Oh, I wasn't aware there was a difference other than price and minute size difference from being measured in o.d vs i.d.

    Is tubing worth the extra cost?

    Thanks!
    Mike
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    Absolutely. You can get different ODs and thicknesses and end up with a chassis that's more complimentary to the design and build.

    Tubing's really the way to go - and most benders are design for tubing, not pipe. (although you can get pipe bending sets)
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    Nice to see another albertan on here! I am from calgary and going to be building my buggy this spring/summer. We will have to get out sometime.
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    Welcome from another fellow Canadian!
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