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Welding Portal Adapter

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22. Next we clamped the 1-inch-thick adapter plate to the end of the rear axletube with a through bolt clamp, and Orlando Giannecchinni did a multipass weld to the axletube while the axlehousing was slowly rotated. The massive weld between the thick axletube and the thick adapter plate is strong, but we will eventually add multiple gussets to help strengthen the axlehousing against twisting from the leverage of the portals.