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  1. Don, good to hear from you, it's been too long, here's some Old Goating memories you might recognize. Extending and modifying that New Horizon pin box so it would reach that "old" 100lbs + Super Binkley. As you remember I was always very democratic in my relationships with customers, "I do the engineering, here are the tools, you do the work". Always under the guise that if you do it it will cost you less. And the finished product. And do you remember this "happy reunion". Should we tell them Don? Would you guys like to know, how this conversion came to being and how Don ended up with it in my back yard?
  2. The desire for a "lighter version" has been around for years. The original Super Binkley was designed without concern what it would weigh. Primary goal was the ability to put it together with relatively unsophisticated equipment, to be strong and to eliminate the design issues of the original Binkley. It weighs over 100 pounds. This is my second bite at the apple. It will be actually more than 1/2" thick in critical areas.
  3. This is such a clever bunch, I knew you guys would figure it out. noteven, I was of the same opinion: It will have two side holes drilled that could not be lasered due to braking process. But I have, grown, learned and evolved. The first time I've seen parts with holes bent on the brake at Young's Welding I expressed an "opinion" about holes lining up. They explained that their brake is CNC controlled and they have software for it. They are able to plug in the material grade and properties, radiuses and it calculates springback, etc. After seen the results and line-ups to within few thousands, only my advance age prevented me from experiencing what some describe as an engineering orgasm. OK my fellow "co-designers", what's the next part I need to design?
  4. 12 x 12 x 3 is size, 5/16 steel plate is material
  5. It would make a sturdy bread basket 5/16" steel plate
  6. OK, I see a need for a clue. No it's not an ET cover, these are already designed and produced. The clue, it's 12" x 12" x 3"
  7. Old Goat's at it again, no he's not chasing nannies. Can you guys figure out what the hell he's up to now. He was bored in his retirement, so that's what he came up with in the middle of last night, still working on it.
  8. There is no such thing, I'm on my fifth "retirement", retirement is a time of transition. Just look at the Queen Elizabeth at 95. It has been said that when Pope Benedict XVI, who is 94 currently, retired from his lifetime position in 2013 after 8 years as a Pope, he got a one word congratulatory statement from Elizabeth, "Wimp!"
  9. Sorry Susan, I had the trailer side done months ago. The truck side "motivation" happened when I did the trailer brake hack and I was doing pictures for that. The Jackalopee Force was strong and said "go forth Master finish, or I'll rank you down to padawan"
  10. OK, been working on another hack, trying to make you guys "happy"😂. First wanted to see if seven wire with the crimps can be pushed through the cable grip. Yes, with little fiddling they will go through. This allows to do all the cable and wire prep outside of the Jackalope, then push it in and connect the wires. Much easier than doing the, cutting, stripping and crimping inside the Jackalopee. But I detect a question emanating from the Jackalopee Force. "But Master, where do we light saber cut individual wires?" Not to worry my young padawans, Master delivers. The truck side prep. The trailer side prep Strip 3/8" off each wire end to accommodate the crimp lugs. You should get these results. May the Jackalopee Force be with you.
  11. Brake controllers vary in performance technology and sophistication. The unifying factor is that all come with four wires, black, white, red and blue. #6 Delphi Harness in the controller below is typical. The connection protocol for all brake controllers is as follows: The black wire is connected to the truck battery (+) terminal, across 30-40 Amp resettable fuse. The white wire is connected to the truck battery ground (-) terminal. The general requirement calls for the controller power (+12V and ground) to be uninterrupted directly from the batteries. The blue wire is connected to the BRAKE CONTROLLER terminal in the Jackalopee and the red wire is supposed to be connected to the brake light switch in the truck. Easy to do in the pickup truck, not so in the semi since that switch is air actuated and buried under the dash. An alternative method of wiring it is to bring the red wire inside the Jackalopee, as shown below and crimp it together with the brake light wire (red) from the truck bundle. For those whose Jackalopee is already wired there is an option, use a double male single female disconnect Pull the truck brake lights crimp out, install the disconnect, plug the truck brake lights and the controller brake lights into the disconnect. A disconnect shown is now a standard item supplied with the connectors in the Jackalopee wiring kit, for those who would like a one (or two) I am certain than the fine folks in the Jackalopee "organization" will be happy to send you one (or two). A bit of a "techie" info, the red wire in controllers has couple of functions. Its primary function is to activated the brake lights on the trailer if you are using the brake controller manually to engage the trailer brakes without engaging the truck brakes, such as going down hill in the rain. It's good to "inform" people behind you that you are indeed braking even though you are not using the truck brakes. In many controllers there is another function, the red wire "monitors" the brake lights and if it sees those (when you apply the truck brakes) it tell the controller to "go to work, he is indeed braking". This prevents the brake controllers from activating the trailer brakes from spurious motion such as going over humps, railroad tracks, etc. Brake switch is a good center point to make the connection, but frankly the brake lights don't give rat's behind where or how the signal comes to light them up, hence the above "suggestion".
  12. phoenix2013

    Remove ET hitch

    Yes, yes, since you have the rank go forth an "collaborate" with him, I heard he's still as randy and opinionated as before.
  13. phoenix2013

    Remove ET hitch

    Hmmmm, I thought he moved into the recesses of memory, he was colorful.
  14. phoenix2013

    Remove ET hitch

    Ah, the MDT days, first Newsletter I wrote for them was Winter 2004, 10 pages, Orr's were running the chapters, membership down to little over 100 folks, last one I wrote was Winter 2012, over 30 pages, membership almost 500. I could see the writing on the wall and tried to merge the MDT guys with the fledgling HDT guys but it wasn't gonna work. Guys who laid down $100K on gussied up MDTs with 300HP Catepillars couldn't stand the guys who laid down $30K on a HDT with 450 HP Cummins and made it work. Hence the "Dark Side" split between the buyers and the tinkerers. Phil, how's that James Bond 007 doing?😃 For those "not in the know", early Gen 1 ET hitches were serialized, Phil has one serial no. 007. I wanted to upgrade it but he doesn't want to part with 007. How about if I keep the 007 designation on it?
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