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Make my old frame into a bumper?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by 84_Chevy_K10, Sep 16, 2003.

  1. 84_Chevy_K10

    84_Chevy_K10 Banned

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    Not knowing any possible place to get steel tubing or thick steel plate in large pieces, I got to thinking.

    What do you guys think about using my old frame to make some bumpers from?
     
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    don't see anything wrong with it. Might be nice except for all the holes.
     
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    84_Chevy_K10 Banned

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    I wish I could draw out my idea. I'm thinking of extending the front frame horns out about 12" by bolting a piece of the old frame on there. Then make a flat surface on the top of it to mount a winch. I'd use some of the longer straight sections near the rear or the middle to make the front piece. I might even be able to slap a big piece of plate on top to stand while I'm working on the engine.

    This outta turn out pretty good. I do know how to weld, but I've never welded anything structural except in class.
     
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    sounds nice
     
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    sapper 1/2 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    have you checked with machine or welding shops, (if there are any by you???). I had to get all of my bumper material from places like that
     
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    84_Chevy_K10 Banned

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    Is that stuff expensive though?
     
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    Have you looked in your local Yellow Pages under "Steel"? Pay close attention to the places with names like "Pacific Recycling" because they probably will sell good used steel for 1/2 the cost of new steel. I usually pay $0.30-0.45 per pound for clean used steel.
     
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    steel really isn't all that expensive.your idea is cool though,just don't make it to heavy and drop yuor front end. /forums/images/graemlins/k5.gifto /forums/images/graemlins/truck.gif
     
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    Not really, when i did mine i spent about 80 bucks on materials and it was done.(After a bunch of head scratching and looking)
     
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    Give Central Steel and Wire a call....I have been in their building, and they have about any kind of tube you could ask for....

    I am not sure if they sell to just individuals. They are located just North of you in the Windy City....
     
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    I just wish I had a good plan. I've been thinking about it and I just don't know how to design it.

    I don't care how heavy it is, I'll buy new springs to make a good bumper work if I have to.
     
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    Hell, I'd leave the muffler's and tailpipe's on for that, "Crush Zone" effect. /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif
     
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    Didn't want to continue a heist on the supersizek5 post. Are you still thinking of chopping the frame up to make the bumper? You could cut a relatively straight peice that is the width of the frame rails, remove the bottom of the C-channel so you could angle the bottom in like a skid plate, then hammer the top down flat again to brace anothe peice for a frame mount then plate the sides for strength and add bolts front and back. Its minimal but would get you what your after. a little more of the same could build sides onto it.

    Going fresh steel would make design a bit easier - take some scissors and a cardboard box and a bit of ducttape and make a mockup in place on the truck first... then when you flatten the cardboard out, you have a template to cut from.
     

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