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Too good of a deal

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by 1-tonmudder, Mar 2, 2007.

  1. 1-tonmudder

    1-tonmudder 1/2 ton status

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    I am going to have a cage built for my M1009 and the guy(who is a experienced,well known and reputable chasis builder)quoted me a price of $800 to do it.This includes.

    Tubing-1-3/4 120 wall
    8 point tied to the frame.
    Mounting seats and five point's
    Sliders and all labor

    So is this a good deal,average deal,or too good to be true.I personally thought it was a little of the cheap side.Either way it's going in the second week of April.
     
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    You better make sure you and him have a perfect understanding of what you want.

    Chromoly tubing?

    DOM?

    $800.00 won't even cover the cost for labor, @ $75-$85 per hour for a decent shop.

    8 point cage for under 12 hours of work? No way!
     
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    My friend had a custom cage made for his dirt track car, and I though that the price was cheap. I can't remember how much it ran him. But it was done by a pro. I though it would have cost 3 times what he paid. Same deal with his tuff truck!?!
     
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    I didnt have a picture or anything like that,but my explanation to him was that I wanted something that would hold up if I was to turn it over backwards or sideways.He is a school teacher by day and does this in his shop at night so his rate is probably less.
     
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    Have you seen his work?

    Make sure you know what type of metal he's going to use; very important.

    And remember why you want the cage: safety!

    So it has be constructed right!
     
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    I don't have an honest 12 hours into my cage...

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    There is a big difference between a backyard fabricator and an experienced fabricator. Even so, I wouldn't build similar for less than $1200 if I was including material. Then again i have no interest in doing side work so my hypothetical pricing kind of reflects that.

    Rene
     
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    Is he going to Tig it??? How is it gettin attached to the truck?
     
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    How many hours do you think you have in your cage?

    Very nice, by the way :D :bow: !!
     
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    The only reason to TIG weld it is if it's some sort of Chome Moly tube...

    Rene
     
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    Yeah I'm assuming it is at that price.

    I have a buddy that has his rail dragster built by the same guy and it held together after being ran through the sandtrap at 130 MPH.

    That is more the price I had in mind.
     
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    Bend and fit, including a couple I had to do twice was about 7-8 hours. Welding was about 2 hours including clean up of spatter.

    TY, by the way. ;)

    Rene
     
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    Hey Rene,
    I'd sure like to see more pics of your cage. I think I just might copy your design (along with the 'Rene Box' :D !!).

    Your cage looks very functional.

    PM or e-mail me with the pics if you have more, O.K.? Thanks :bow: :bow: !!
     
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    I Like the TIG better for anything like that. I just beleive there is better penitration that mig, and looks better than mig, and stick. But thats just me. I've also been welding with stainless wire on Mig lately, and that just dosen't penitrate at all like you would think. So thats prob. affecting my judgement. ......sorry about spelling, alittle sleepy + no spell check
     
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    So it sounds like you mig'ed it then, eh?
     
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    He said it would take about two weeks,so that tells me that he is doing it at his leasure.
     
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    Don't ass-u-me anything. It could just as easily be HREW like my cage is...not that there is anything wrong with HREW. Assuming the guy is going to use material that costs double isn't thinking things through IMO.

    Rene
     
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    Yup...

    Rene
     
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    Thats pretty close to what I charge for a cage in a truck. If you have a buddy helping you even on a manual bender you can do a pretty nice cage in 12 hours a simple one in 6 or 7. I don't know what steel prices are where your at but I would think thats HREW tube not DOM
     
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    nuttin wrong with HREW tube... and my guess is, at that price, thats what it is. DOM ain't cheap these days.

    j
     

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