I got back to work today, started by making the hinges. I went with a pretty simple design, just a piece of angle iron with round bar. The hardest part was getting the round bar bent to a 90 degree angle. To do this I cutoff a 12" section of bar and made a line at 5". Next, I drilled a 1/2" inch hole in a double 2X4 post that I have in my garage. Then I slid the bar into the hole to the 5" mark and proceed to pound the heck out of it until it was at a 90 degree angle.
I cut the top edge of the door and down each side about 2", then I tacked the top edge strapping in place. After the top edge strapping was in place I welder the round bar to the door to complete the hinge.
Next I cut both sides of the door and about 2" on each of the bottom corners. I pre-bent the strapping for the sides over the small collar that I cut off the top of the tank. It ended up being a pretty decent fit after the bend, just a little tweaking and it fit nicely. Oh yeah, I cut the strapping for the door sides about 5" long so that I could get a good bend and fit, once they were tacked in place I cut them off to the proper length with the angle grinder.
Then it was time to cut out the bottom door edge and install that strapping.
I can tell you it seems a heck of a lot bigger on the inside than I was expecting, which is a good thing because I have still been second guessing myself on whether I am going to be happy with this tank size.
Planning on a tank burnout tomorrow, after that I am kind of at a stand still until the other materials are ready to be picked up. In the meantime, I have some scrap lumber laying around so I will probably build a temporary stand to get it up off the ground and easier to work on.
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