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Discussion Starter · #101 ·
I have the sides put back together. Getting the 5 plates /spacers of each side aligned for the 29 bolts was a bit of a challenge.

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Our weather for the next few days looks favorable for more outdoor painting.
 

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Just a fine point on your carriage, traditionally the nuts go on the outside. Check out the photo of the 13in dictator mortar on line. Or this 8in mortar on youtube.
 

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Thanks Moose. I’m kinda stuck. The outside plates of each side are square punched holes for the carriage bolts. The side plates are close to identical but not interchangeable - at least not without some effort.

I’d seen a few examples of the bolt head on the outside and I liked the look, and am pretty committed to it now.

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It is entirely what you like, My point was made in case you weren't aware of it . After all I wanted modern rubber artillery tires on my 40mm so I could tow it. 😁
 

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Moose… I’ve come to realize I’m a rookie mortar bed builder!! I should have sought more input from the full forum from the start. At this point, not historically correct, but the best I could do.

Hoping it does no do back flips when Double D fires it off :oops:
 

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More progress with prime and paint.
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The sides are assembled. Hoping the prevailing locknuts work as expected.

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The inside of each side and cap squares finally have their first coat of paint on them.
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Discussion Starter · #107 · (Edited)
Now we’re starting to look like something.

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Hoping this is the final coat of paint. If it is, once the paint has cured, next is getting the mortar on the bed.
 
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