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Re: Hutch's Mack build

Post by hutcho » January 15th, 2019, 10:15 pm

Well I just feel silly now.....

They were threatening to give me a picture if I didn't have one. Figured they changed this too lol!

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Re: Hutch's Mack build

Post by hutcho » January 16th, 2019, 8:45 am

Up at 5 to put a pork butt on for dinner.

My poor Bradley is beat to hell. Hence the Mack build. To make sense of the picture, the busted microwave is my coldsmoke box, glass finally broke out after like 2 or 3 years of use so foil is temporary fix. Has dual elements and you can just barely see the Auber PID controller mounted in the Bradley box. I don't run Bradley pucks anymore either, use an a-maze-n with pellets. Nice part is I can set it and go weld and not even think of it until it's done lol! Image

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Re: Hutch's Mack build

Post by hutcho » January 16th, 2019, 8:53 pm

Pork butt was awesome as usual!

Not as productive as planned. Ran out of wire and on the way to town deemed my truck unsafe to keep driving. So stole the wife's car and ran out of time before I had to go get the kids.

Got the baffle plate in and the front of the cook chamber pieces in. Started to figure out the firebox before I ran outta time. Everything except the baffle plate is welded 100% at this point.Image

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Re: Hutch's Mack build

Post by Big T » January 16th, 2019, 9:01 pm

It looks like you're making great progress. :kewl:


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Re: Hutch's Mack build

Post by Dirtytires » January 16th, 2019, 10:21 pm

Nobody really answered this....and you just bought new wire so an answer probably isnt needed.

For some reason, I have absolutely no luck running 0.030 wire. Don’t know why. My welds just look ugly and I get a ton of splatter (and I use co2/argon). I usually keep 0.025 on the machine but will feed the thicker stuff if I’m going to weld a lot of heavy/thick material as it does give me better penetration. With that said, much of my smoker was welded on both sides so the thinner wire was just fine most of the time.

You are probably ok either way but the 0.030 would be preferable.



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Re: Hutch's Mack build

Post by hutcho » January 16th, 2019, 10:32 pm

I bought the bigger stuff today. I was doing just fine with the smaller, was taking time and going slower to account for it some. Switched to the bigger stuff and I am cruising along twice as fast now lol! Maybe it's just me or my machine but it definitely is looking a lot nicer and faster to boot. I've been doing up both sides as well. Flipping this heavy beast back and forth to make easier welds is starting to take it's toll on my body....

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Re: Hutch's Mack build

Post by Dirtytires » January 16th, 2019, 10:52 pm

It only gets heavier!



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Re: Hutch's Mack build

Post by ajfoxy » January 17th, 2019, 1:36 am

Buy yourself an engine stand, make a jig to hold the Mack and turn it for welding etc. Once finished, purchase large quantities of beer and invite your buddies around to get it off the stand... :D


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Re: Hutch's Mack build

Post by Tom_Heath » January 17th, 2019, 1:20 pm

Wow. Just wow!!!

Glad you made it home in one piece.

Progress looks great

Welding wire. I can weld with 030 or 035 with co2 on my old cheep clark welder and it looks and performs amazing. My little Miller hates it. Runs much better on c25 035

My input would be to run what feels good and has penetration.

Response to a post early on.... yes it was precut but no it definitely is not a kit such as the double pan.

Not so sure a typical engine stand would weather the storm. I’ve had a big block or two hanging on a stand and let’s just say I didn’t get my feet under it. Just saying.

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Re: Hutch's Mack build

Post by hutcho » January 17th, 2019, 1:39 pm

Cherry picker has been doing a pretty good job, I just weld a chain on the side and lift away. Flipping it side to side is a little tougher, but can usually raise it enough with a pry bar to get a floor jack under then gravity work in my favor. I don't see me flipping it again, its on the car lift and staying now. Pretty nice to be able to raise it up to a comfortable working height instead of bendig over all day lol!

Won't be working on it for a few days now unfortunately. Today is my last day off and my boy woke up sick so I'll be hanging out inside cleaning and disinfecting stuff all day lol! Hopefully have some progress to show around Tuesday or so.

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Re: Hutch's Mack build

Post by hutcho » January 22nd, 2019, 11:25 am

Working on the firebox some today.

Question. Is it ok to weld around this roxul insulation? Image

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Re: Hutch's Mack build

Post by hutcho » January 22nd, 2019, 4:10 pm

Got the firebox all welded up and the bottom of the wc welded up. FB door is just tacked together. Gonna try and start framing in FB door tommorow, hopefully get that and WC doors on and working is the goal.Image

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Re: Hutch's Mack build

Post by Big T » January 22nd, 2019, 8:12 pm

It looks like you're making good progress :kewl:


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Re: Hutch's Mack build

Post by mp4 » January 23rd, 2019, 6:30 am


hutcho wrote:Question. Is it ok to weld around this roxul insulation? Image
Yup - it might burn away just a smidge at the joint but that's all.



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Re: Hutch's Mack build

Post by Smurf » January 23rd, 2019, 7:36 am

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Re: Hutch's Mack build

Post by hutcho » January 23rd, 2019, 4:21 pm

Pretty frustrating morning fighting out of square stuff and crooked grinder cuts. On top of that the door I built yesterday turned out to be just a shade to tall so had to cut it apart and modify it. Then didn't like how much further the firebox door was gonna stick out further than the wc so ended up trimming about a 1/4inch off the whole FB door frame. That's where the crooked cuts came from. Anyway, after a lot of time with a grinder I finally made some progress today. Fb door is insulated and tacked together, scared to finish welding it still lol! Slide gate is in and functioning good. WC door frame is tacked in but not squared up yet. Gotta work night shift next rotation so probably gonna stay up all night working on the smoker so I can sleep all day and be adjusted for nights again lol!

And now for the pictures!!

Well shoot. Had a couple videos but can't get them to load. The door is sitting on the table because it's so heavy it makes the smoker tipsy on the lift lol! ImageImage

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Re: Hutch's Mack build

Post by hutcho » January 23rd, 2019, 4:26 pm

See if these videos work.
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Re: Hutch's Mack build

Post by ajfoxy » January 23rd, 2019, 5:09 pm

Door opens and closes nicely. :points:


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Re: Hutch's Mack build

Post by hutcho » January 23rd, 2019, 5:18 pm

It's the little things...lol

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Re: Hutch's Mack build

Post by The Czar » January 23rd, 2019, 5:35 pm

Sweet...cursing right along...I mean cruising...


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Re: Hutch's Mack build

Post by Frank_Cox » January 23rd, 2019, 6:28 pm

The Czar wrote:
January 23rd, 2019, 5:35 pm
Sweet...cursing right along...I mean cruising...


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hutcho... you are doing amazing!!! looks just like the original!!! :LG: :LG: :LG:


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Re: Hutch's Mack build

Post by hutcho » January 24th, 2019, 1:10 pm

Well didn't sleep in like I planned so since I was awake I worked some on the Mack. Not a lot to show. Got the pieces between the fb and wc welded up and ground smooth, looks way nicer now. Got the whole door on and swinging nice. And found the drain in the parts bag so it's on as well. Not a lot of huge progress but it all needs done so it's a win. Now to try and get a couple hours of sleep before this stupid night shift starts. ImageImageImage

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Re: Hutch's Mack build

Post by Big T » January 24th, 2019, 5:53 pm

It's all the details that take time but it's worth it in the end.
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Post by Frank_Cox » January 24th, 2019, 6:58 pm

:LG: :LG: :LG:
Coming right along bro! Hope the night shift treats ya right! :beer:


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Re: Hutch's Mack build

Post by hutcho » January 24th, 2019, 8:08 pm

Frank_Cox wrote::LG: :LG: :LG:
Coming right along bro! Hope the night shift treats ya right! Image
There is nothing good about night shift lol!

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