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Hey Fabricators!!! What kind of aluminum gear have you built for your truck

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by BorregoK5, Apr 7, 2002.

  1. BorregoK5

    BorregoK5 1/2 ton status

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    What kind of aluminum gear have you put together for your trucks? Anything along the lines of thick bumpers or bed replacements ??? I've been diamond plating the back end of my truck and I'm thinking about getting rediculous with it!
     
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    i havent done anything that big, its usually small items ive made in the past(wire clamps, door lock knobs, etc) but id be hesitant to build an aluminum bumper unless it was solid and massive.
     
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    It seams most people are headed the heavy route. I've been looking into aluminum honey comb internal structures that are plated with 1/4 inch aluminum which withstand imense forces. They are a bit complex to build but they are light and strong. I figure this might be a good bumper design due to the space they take up but things like rock sliders and such might as well be steel for its need to be flush to the body and strong. I'd like to look more into reinforced aluminum as opposed to steel plating!

    By the way, the disk backing plates worked out perfect with the rotated perches. allowed me to mount the cadi calipers at 10 o-clock with the bleeder on top and not have the ebrake cable fall below the axle tube. Bravo!
     
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    just small stuff , but my bed needs a new floor its about to fall off i think ... ..
     
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    Speaking of which, what have you been up to? spill the beans eh!
     
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    I just took possession of a bunch of 1/8" aluminum and I'm going to build a console/tool box, battery box, and dash. Only problem being that I'm not set up to weld aluminum. So either have to set up the lincoln to do it or pay someone to do the final welding.
     
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    well right now im waiting for my mouth to heal up from getting my wisdom teeth removed this last friday , and also waiting on my transmission , i got myself a digital camers so i may take pics of the new look my truck has , and im stilll working on my doublers , yes more than one ...and trying to figger out what to do with the bed of my truck put a frame and then a floor or what ...or a whole custom thing to hold my gas tanks and tool boxes ...the shackles are still simmering in the back o my head also ....muhuahahha - Andy
    mmm vikaden....
     
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    I just picked up an aluminum spool for my mig, but I haven't tried it out yet. I'm hoping to weld up some scrap pieces tonight and see what kind of results I'll get. I dig the idea of a dash! I was thinking of trying that and diamond plate interior door panels. Sounds like you and I are in the same boat! Make sure to post pics, ok!
     
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    Good luck welding alum. with your mig. There are lots of aluminum alloys and some weld well and others don't. Post some pics if you get some good results....I may have to try it with my mig.
     
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    Well, I ran a few different settings including my oxy/acet on some scrap (cause someone said it was possible... uh... yeah..), anyway here are some pics of the results.

    I'm using a Fire Power 110v AC FP90 Mig with 2 power settings of:
    High - 80 Amp 15% Duty Cycle 17.5 Volts
    Low - 60 Amp 20% Duty Cycle 21 Volts
    and a variable wire speed setting from 1 to 10:
    Actual speed unknown

    I used 2 pieces of 1/16th" thick diamond plating about 1' x 1 1/2 ' and right angled them together.

    <a target="_blank" href=http://68.64.55.51:81/aluminum/inside-hot-slow-gas.jpg> INSIDE = Left side Gas(yuk), middle is LOW and any speed, right is HIGH and slow speed</a>
    <a target="_blank" href=http://68.64.55.51:81/aluminum/outside-hot-slow-gas.jpg> OUTSIDE =right side Gas(yuk), middle is LOW and any speed, left is HIGH and slow speed</a>
    <a target="_blank" href=http://68.64.55.51:81/aluminum/inside-hot-medium.jpg> INSIDE = HOT as medium wire speed</a>
    <a target="_blank" href=http://68.64.55.51:81/aluminum/outside-hot-medium.jpg> OUTSIDE = HOT as medium wire speed</a>
    <a target="_blank" href=http://68.64.55.51:81/aluminum/inside-hot-fast.jpg>INSIDE = HOT and fast speed</a>
    <a target="_blank" href=http://68.64.55.51:81/aluminum/outside-hot-fast.jpg>OUTSIDE = HOT and fast speed</a>
    <a target="_blank" href=http://68.64.55.51:81/aluminum/inside-all.jpg> INSIDE complete</a>
    <a target="_blank" href=http://68.64.55.51:81/aluminum/outside-all.jpg> OUTSIDE complete</a>

    While the results were less than desireable, it did make a solid weld in the middle and toward the hot side. It would be good for spot welding incrementally.
     
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    I saw a guy in Anchorage who had made an entire truck bed, box, not flatbed out of aluminum diamond plate. It was on a '66 era chevy. I think he worked at an aluminum boat shop.
    The sides were contoured to match the body. His work was incredible. I haven't seen it in years, but I will search the web for a picture.
     
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    That would be great! About 7 years ago I had a service call at a guys house in Fallbrook, Ca who had aluminum diamond plated a close exterior replica to his 70's Chevy 4x4 truck and replaced all the body steel with it. I got to say it looked stout. He took a ball peen hammer to it while I was there... what a show off, but I never forgot it!
     

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