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Moving right along.
I still have to finish the leveling screw and platform.
When that is done, this thing will come apart for final sanding and painting.
Also I can finish the axle housing. It needs to be drilled for the rear capsquare bolt and the capsquares finished..
I can't cut the axle to final length until I get the wheels. Hopefully, by the end of next week but I will see.

Overall, at this point, I am happy with the build. We will see how it finishes.

With the iron installed, I think each cheek pushes 300 lbs.


The pictures show where this thing is right now. Nothing is leveled. Nothing is tight. It is not in it's finished state.
Don't be too hard on me.


Zulu



Rear pintle plate.





Leveling screw plate for 1.5" Acme threaded rod.





 

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Zulu, you are dealing with a group that has some horsepower. Call your contact at the Alamo,and they KNOW people, request they have someone from Law enforcement contact PD in whatever town would be handy to stay at. You want to park you vehicle in the PD yard overnight. Special Delivery to the Alamo, I would think you can get a police escort the entire way if you wanted.

So time ago in my last life, I was travelling with the president and top exec's of the company. The president joked that it would be nice to have a police escort from the airport as the traffic was usually bad.( Houston TX).

We came out of baggage claim, Motorcycle and 2 cars lights flashing, and guide us to the hotel.

I have found that most cops are usually bored, and look forward to something different, Nothing like lights and siren to brighten the day.

Great job on the carriage.
 

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Be wary of the "extended forklift" offer and be double sure the barrel is well within the weight limits at the elevation and angles you need, and that it will get the barrel high enough to clear the wheels. It would be tragic if they went "oops" and bounced it off your magnificent carriage. Great job.
 

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Hey Z, I just noticed something missing- wheels. You haven't showed its any wheels yet.



Wheels were scheduled to ship by today but I don't have confirmation yet.
I am having them shipped to my local Ace Hardware where they have a forklift.
Not sure how I will get them home yet.


At 5 1/2' diameter and around 275 lbs. each, I might have to take one at a time in the back of my truck.
I don't have quick access to a trailer.


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They're wheels, you can roll them down the road. Maybe make a temporary axle so you can get both home at once. Bonus points for pushing them along like one of those western-highway penitents and their crosses. ;)
 

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Be wary of the "extended forklift" offer and be double sure the barrel is well within the weight limits at the elevation and angles you need, and that it will get the barrel high enough to clear the wheels. It would be tragic if they went "oops" and bounced it off your magnificent carriage. Great job.
Really good point. Over a ton of weight and pretty far out on the forks. Have them perform the lift first. Then roll your carriage forward under the barrel and set it in place. I’m hoping Zulu’s shop door is wide enough that he can get it out!

Super nice job there Mr Zulu. 👍
 

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Are they still requesting stain instead of paint on the carriage? What kind of varnish will stand up to Texas sun with no shelter?
 

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va rifleman,
There is no way to get this thing out of my shop. It will have to be put back together after paint in my carport.


northwoodneil,
The Alamo folks have decided to have it painted a blue gray.
You will see it pretty soon here.


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I got the leveling screw platform finished.
The screw is 1.5" Acme thread. It screws into a nut welded to the underside of the leveling screw plate.

I am working on the leveling screw handles next.

The floating platform will raise or lower. The position it is in right now will have the muzzle of the barrel slightly elevated.

The breech of the barrel is 15.625" diameter. It will sit on top of the platform.

Because this is a "below center trunnion" barrel, it will sit high on the carriage.
I have always found this problematic when making a carriage be it a field carriage or a naval carriage.
The barrel just sits too high.

I will take the carriage apart tomorrow and start the sanding process which will probably take two days.
I will also be able to drill the axle to accept the rear capsquare hook bolts.

The Acme thread will be cut to final length when the carriage goes back together after paint.
Wheels should ship on Wednesday I hope.

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I have taken all these pictures, not only for my own records, but because it was part of my proposal. All of these pics have been going to my contact at the Alamo also.

Everything is disassembled.
Everything is final sanded.
The cheeks are moved into my foyer for paint by my lovely assistant.
The rest will be moved in tomorrow.

Zulu

The pintle plates.





The leveling screw plates



Cheeks ready for paint. Note all the holes. They are drilled at 1 1/4 degree angle.





In the foyer ready for paint.

 

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I see something that I would have did differently even though it probably wouldn't matter.

I would have made the seams of the side boards of the lamination overlap so the two seams didn't meet. To me it would seem be stronger. I know you always have good a reasonable reasons for doing everything, so...
 

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I see something that I would have did differently even though it probably matter.

I would have made the seams of the side boards of the lamination overlap so the two seams didn't meet. To me it would seem be stronger. I know you always have good a reasonable reasons for doing everything, so...
I saw that too, but then I remember he had deliberately left them in three pieces for much of the early work.

If he'd lapped them the whole cheek would have been one piece from the beginning.
 

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I saw that too, but then I remember he had deliberately left them in three pieces for much of the early work.

If he'd lapped them the whole cheek would have been one piece from the beginning.



This is correct.
I never could have moved it around.
It took me and two neighbors to move each cheek into the house as it is.
I believe each cheek weighs about 170 to 180 lbs. each without any ironwork.


Everything is bolted together vertically as well as horizontally. I have no concern about strength.
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That will bleach out quickly in the San Antonio sun.
 

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That will bleach out quickly in the San Antonio sun.





George,
That is exactly what happened to this color historically.


This was pulled from a Spanish Ordnance manual by the Curator of the Alamo and sent to me.
Zulu


"The Spanish painted their ordnance in a blue grey and not as some authors think grey. The pigment was cobalt blue and when exposed to the weather for years it has a tendency to fade to a grey. The cobalt blue was derived from cobalt oxide mined in southern Spain that was sintered with silica (sand) at 1200 C. It was a very stable colour and was popular too in the Spanish Naval Regulations from 1772. The metalwork was painted black. "
 
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