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Project cheap bumper (pics) FINISHED 14 MAY

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by MTBLAZER89, Feb 22, 2006.

  1. MTBLAZER89

    MTBLAZER89 3/4 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    This is my first from scratch fab project. I have been freshening up on my welding doing this and plus I need a new rear bumper. Anyway here is what i got. I am into this for about $20 right now.

    2 pieces of K20 frame rail - Free
    2 Rolls of wire - $14
    Couple grinding wheels - $6

    Took a couple pieces from the rear part of the frame on a junk truck. Cleaned them up, and stuck them together. Oh yeah after grinding/torching all the rivits off:mad: Tapered the ends down filled all the holes and this is where I am at now. I have my stock reciever bar that i want to incorporate some how, but I haven't even looked at that yet. I know I am gonna have to spend some $$$ on steel to cap off the other side of the C channel and the ends, but it shouldn't be too bad. maybe i can find a piece of scrap 1/4" or 3/16" big enough at the junk yard, but prolly not. We'll see.:D

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    ok thats a cool idea. i'd rather a thicker bumper if it were me, but I must say, for the cost, HELL YEAH. I've always liked the look of the straight, tapered end bumper style.
     
  3. MTBLAZER89

    MTBLAZER89 3/4 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    Thanks, Yeah but I think boxed 3/16" should be ok. Thats what 4x4 Iron bumpers were made out of except it was actuall rectangle tube which is probably stronger. I don't know we'll see. I don't know what the $$ difference is between 3/16" or 1/4" plate, but I'll prolly cover the open gaps with 1/4". can't beat the price so far though:D
     
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    that dont look to bad at all , the cost was low :waytogo:
     
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    looks cool....now just throw some 15 dollar walmart lights with some kc covers like i did :D :haha:
     
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    a guy i know get all his steel ( not much and not that great stuff) from a steel supply, goes there when there closed and out back they have a bin of there end cuts, stuff the cutomers dident want, all short stuff but it works.

    I dont advocat stealing but i mean he maybe took 50 lbs, and in scrap prices that is nothing
     
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    That's awesome!:waytogo: Always good to see people using there noggin.:laugh:
     
  8. MTBLAZER89

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    Yeah I would like the other side to be one smooth piece of metal, but I am prolly gonna search the yards to see what I can get for cheap and clean up.
     
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    Looks Good :D and cheap always good too:D

    Both my bumpers from freebies but got lucky nice long chunks.
    Also check local scrap metal yards some will let you buy cheap.
     
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    Got a little bit more work done on the bumper today. I got a piece of plate for $19 the other day to cap off the other side, and the ends. I used the old reciever off of the K5.

    3/16 plate - $19
    DIY4X gussets - Free giveaway last year
    Reciever parts - free:D

    So we are up to about $40 dollars so far.

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    Lookin good.
     
  12. MTBLAZER89

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    Thanks. Hopefully I'll have time tomorrow to cut the plates for the ends and get those tacked on. I wanted to do some lugs for D-rings I have some 1/2" scrap laying around, but i am unsure of how I can securely connect them. I don't think the HF welder is up to the job:wink1: I'm just gonna get one of those round style reciever's to slide in it.
     
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    Well made some more progress, but my camera batteries were dead so i couldn't upload them:rolleyes:

    It's completely enclosed now, and seems pretty stout. Got the old bumper off, and got some mounting plates made up. My welds are getting a little better:laugh: Will have some more pics tonight. Wife is workin I can get something done.

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    man, i love threads like this. gj man. :thumb:

    steel is spendy as hell these days. There is a steel yard not far away that has decent surplus steel prices (quarter per pound) and its fun to dig through their bins. I found a really nice piece of 1/4" wall 4" x 2" rectangular tube that is gonna be my new rear bumper. Its got surface rust, but thats what god made flapper wheels for. :grin:

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    very nice!
     
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    That bumper looks like crap. I think you should just send it down to me to put on Wimpy who really isn't a show winner anyway.;)

    Sposed to be funny. Laugh, damnit!!!!:haha:
     
  17. MTBLAZER89

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    HahaHa Allan Thanks for the replies guys. I didn't get any work done last night. Will do some today hopefully:laugh:
     
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    place around here sells for .15 a pound. i got 380# worth of 2 x 4 x 1/4 tube for $60.00 made one hell of a tank out of my derby truck though. :D
     
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    must be a cool yard... don't think I can get less than a quarter/pound anywhere near me. I know several other yards that are 35 cents or more a pound. doh! :doah:

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    Made a little bit more progress today. I got the brackets made and holes drilled in the brackets and the frame. Also cut the frame off vertical. Now I just have to get the brackets attached to the bumper, grind the welds on the bumper some more, and paint. I am also planning on 2x2 tube under the rear corners after I cut off under the trim line. Gotta mount the bumper up first so I can get everything lined up. BTW up to about $55 for the 2x2 tube, and a few grinding wheels.

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