Built a rear bumper. But still not done with it. Wanted to wait till after I fab'd the tire rack.Which I did last night. This is how the bumper build started. A universal hitch that I had for years. A 7or8ft piece of 3"-1/4" square tube. I cut the tube in half and inserted the hitch tube. Fit like a glove. Braced it in a piece of angle iron and welded it solid. Then made some brackets and paint. All the parts I had laying around. All it cost me was time and money for paint.
So I last night night I built my swing out tire carrier.
List of parts.
1- 7' stick of 2"x1/8" square tube.
1- 6' stick of 1.5"x1/8" square tube.
1- 2' stick of 2"x1/8" square tube.
1- HD spring pin latch.
1- 8" 1.3/8" solid steel bar.
1- 3" long 1.3/8" I.D. 1/4" wall chrome Molly tubing.
1- 4" long 1"wide 1/4" strap of steel
1- can of sealer.
1- can of high gloss high impact paint.
1- can of wax and grease remover.
Total cost for all parts about $70. Not bad.
I started by drilling a hole through the top of the bumper. Then dropped the 3" pipe down in it, and welded it solid. Then test fit. Used my buddy's shop for all this. Then used the plasma cutter to cut through the main beam. And weld in the steel bar. Mounted the latch and plasma'd the hole for the pin. Mounted the upright then the cross braces and the safety catch that the latch slides under.
I started building a roof basket this Sumer. Since mine dindnt come with one factory, I used self tapping screws to mount the factory rails. Because of this I need to bolt it solid with backing plates before I can finish and install the roof basket. Other wise it just won't hold. I'm going to wait till I redo the head liner to do this. But here's the basket I've got allot more done to it then this but no pics. All that's left on it at this point is to grind down some welds and paint it.
Well it's not going to be a hardcore OFFROAD beast. I want to build it to be an extremely capable "expedition" rig. Anything from hunting, camping and fishing to long haul backcountry treks. But I still want it to handle anything that I might come across.
A few weeks ago I took the 4wd tranny and t-case to the shop to be completely rebuilt. All new bearings seals, synchros... The works! I also ordered an IRON ROCK OFFROAD SYE. The tranny need to have a new main inputshaft. New chain also in the t-case. The T-case rebuild kit came from Novak Conversion. Very complete kit!! The tranny parts came from the shops supplier, can remember the name future trans or something close, But they are out of Tenn, nice folks. And Novak what can I say? They are just great!! Hope to be doing business with them again very soon. They have a cable T-case shifter that replaces the factory z-linkage. Direct bolt In replacement. Runs Around $160 but awesome reviews! And I want it.
Because the fan clutch was bad as well as the stock electric fan. I wasn't going to just replace them... It was time to upgrade the cooling system. So I ordered a birtboundoffroad triple electric fan conversion kit. Flows a max of 4650cfm. Nearly triple that of factory!!
Last Monday I ordered a new crate 4.0 to replace the one I blew up a month or so ago. Yesterday I picked it up and took it to the shop. Same one my buddy owns that's rebuilding the rest of the drivetrain. So hopefully it'll be back on the road in a week or two.
Ain't she purrdy?!!! Paid an extra $80 for one with oilpan, valve cover and timing cover installed. Well worth the extra coin!!!