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If Not A Redneck Frame Whose Is It I Would Like To See About Getting One 0 Up Out 42 Rake Help Me Out Also 300 Tire
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How I would make a radius tank bottom is to get a section of .065 tubing larger than the backbone to allow a foam pad, and get it rolled to the same radius . Then mark the sides to the depth you want and cut it with a abrasive cut off wheel on your 4 inch hand grinder. Sand the edges.

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This thread is 4 years old. But Don what if you need the tunnel to be 4" deep?
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To make the tunnel 4 inches deep just lay the curved 1/2 tube on a metal sheet, mark a line on the sheet and cut two out. Just weld on.
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Nah, thats too much work...
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Your method sounds good except for pounding on the sheet metal of the back bone.

But either method will work.

Bending the metal over a curve could cause some wrinkles wouldn't it?
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For a home jobber that wants every facet to be and look the best it can, Don you got a cool idea. Rolling and splitting the tube (after getting it) is a lot of fuss and more so if the backbone radius isn't constant but it does make for a spiffy looking tunnel.

In any sort of a production environment you are pricing by man hours so I would agree with Tig that the standard 3 flat piece approach is the best value and the functionally the same. It saves the customer a few bucks that he can spend on another part of his build without any functional compromise.
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Your method sounds good except for pounding on the sheet metal of the back bone.

But either method will work.

Bending the metal over a curve could cause some wrinkles wouldn't it?
yes Don some wrinkles but you learn how to shrink the material... thats one part of the "art" of metal shaping....
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