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I've been waiting a long time for this build and it is finally happening. I found a set of wheels with axles this summer and knew I wouldn't have time so I stored them until now. I have been doing a lot of research on the hearse and wanted to do a more realistic suspension so I ordered trailer leaf springs to attach to the axles.

The first step was to strip the buckboard frame. These axles came from a buckboard wagon but I just needed the pipe itself so I set aside the framework that I might use later on the front suspension

Here is the full setup from the summer.

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Here is the axles broken down.

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I wanted the springs to look like a carriage spring so I flipped one and doubled them up.

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At first I wanted to weld them together but I later decided to notch them so that they could bolt together. I wasn't going to trust all of that weight on a weld. I used a metal chop saw for this. these were very thick metal

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I bolted and screwed the frame down yesterday. I used two layers of 2x4's for strength and support.

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Added the plywood. I made sure to leave some 2x4 up front so I could attach the front end

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I started on the front last night adding the header and sides

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Now comes the hard part the front end suspension. I will probably start on it after Christmas. I have some ideas like the lazy susan bearing. I will keep posting as I move along
 

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Finally got a chance to get back on here. Here is where I am at now. I built up the front axle while still being able to use some of the old parts. I did use the lazy susan bearing like others have. I think it was 12" rated for 1000lbs.
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I needed to support the front of it so I used the frame and the front foot board
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I siliconed the top. I will eventually silicone the whole thing to keep the weather from getting to it
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Now that the frame was done I made a couple dollys to put it on because it will be to tall eventually to get out of the garage. i used casters so I could still wheel it in and out
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I started framing the back. You can see the 3/8 in Lexan I plan to use for the windows on top. A friend of mine gave me 4 sheets which will be plenty.
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I started on the bench last week and ended up finishing it up! I used a 2x4 frame with some Luan board so I could get the bend. Its starting to take shape!
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You are killing this build! Love the attention to detail and craftsmanship thus far. Everything looks solid, well planned out and well engineered! Strong work!!
 
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