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Cage Progress Pics

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by BadDog, Jun 29, 2002.

  1. BadDog

    BadDog SOL Staff Member Super Moderator Author

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    A few folks have asked for pics of my cage in progress. All I've got in the pics are the forward halo, a-pillar risers, and the b-pillar hoop. Not showing but now installed are the beltline bars at hip level when seated. Tomorrow I'll probably do the dash bar, and who knows where I'll go next. Still kicking around a few design options, so I'll get to various parts after I'm satisfied with my design...

    Anyway, it's all spot welded together for now, just in case adjustments are needed. So far I scrapped the first forward hallo which somehow wound up almost 1" too narrow. I also scrapped one a-pillar riser with about 2 degrees too much bend. Oh well, I'll need small pieces that I can get from the scrap. Guess that's about all for now.

    Here they are...
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  2. mudhog

    mudhog THEGAME Staff Member Super Moderator

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    looking good you are doing a awesome job /forums/images/icons/smile.gif can you do mine next lol /forums/images/icons/grin.gif
     
  3. FWP

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    Perfect lines /forums/images/icons/cool.gif You can show me how to do it right any day /forums/images/icons/smile.gif , My bending is terrible compared to that /forums/images/icons/blush.gif
     
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    reddog64 1/2 ton status

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    how much was the tubing??? what size is it???
     
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    Twiz 1/2 ton status

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    Clean and simple (so-far /forums/images/icons/smile.gif) I like it.
     
  6. riz

    riz 3/4 ton status

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    <font color="blue">Looks real good ! Keep us posted as you progress ! </font color>
     
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    Damn! Talk about form fitting! Looks Great! [​IMG]
     
  8. BorregoK5

    BorregoK5 1/2 ton status

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    Great work! Now stop making it look so easy!~
     
  9. BadDog

    BadDog SOL Staff Member Super Moderator Author

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    Thanks for the support guys. I have found that it is certainly harder than it looks. Worst part so far is cutting and fish-mouthing the tubes. It’s almost scary to cut the tube after all that careful (and hard) work bending it “just so”. “What if I screw it up and have to do it again!” /forums/images/icons/blush.gif Cut too much, and it's scrap. Cut too little, and your cutting again or grinding all day. I've also been experimenting with different ways of doing the fish-mouth. Hole saw notcher, grinder, and chop saw. I gotta say, each has it's merits in various situations and I recommend anyone who tries this have all 3 methods available.

    As for tubing, It is 1.75 x 0.120 HREW and I paid just over $1 a foot for it. I've got 200' of it laying beside my shop...
     
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    How much weight do you think it will add when you are done??? Just curious..... [​IMG]
     
  11. chevyfumes

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