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Unread 02-19-2014, 07:42 PM   #1
Jameswj4
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roof rack and winch plate on a budget

Im 19 and in College at Wallawalla University for Industrial Design. im in Shielded Metal Arc welding as a requirement for my major. my teacher is pretty cool and lets me do any project i want and better yet i can use materials he has laying around in the shop.

so i first decided i wanted to make a roof rack. so i started with a metal twin bed frame and used the legs for a top hoop. i welded in a thicker bar in the middle to hold a tire. and another up front to mount lights. i got it all done i just need to weld on a bracket in the rear to mount my cb antenna since my other one broke.

then i got some garage sale shackle tabs from fawkes fab and welded it onto angle iron. i made them longer in the rear and drilled holes to bolt up where the gas tank skid mounts. and i was going to bolt them into the frame rails up front.

today i walked into the shop and decided i was going to build a winch plate. so i found more angle iron and welded two 4in wide plates together each 1/4 in thick. they are cut to 31.5 in which i measured is around the length between the two frame rail openings. i then welded the angles to each end and added the 1.5x1.5 to strengthen between the angles. and im going to bolt the front shackle tabs to the angle

so thats where im at as of right now. im thinkin of welding in some plates just inside the frame rails as support. then run bolts from the angle iron to plates under the rails and sandwich it all. everythings not completely finished and ill work on it when i get time.

any thoughts or ideas would be cool. like i said im a college student just testing my skills and working with what i got.

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Unread 02-19-2014, 08:40 PM   #2
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You should make real mounts for that rack or make a new one all together. That tire could fly off and kill somebody and take the rack with it. Search on here there have been some pretty cool custom racks made.
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Unread 02-19-2014, 08:53 PM   #3
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i haven't made mounts for the rack yet.. and im not going to make another since i made this one for free and that was the point so i dont have to spend money. the tire is held on by the same threaded hook that was in the wheel well. ive driven around and its stayed put.
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Unread 02-19-2014, 09:04 PM   #4
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i haven't made mounts for the rack yet.. and im not going to make another since i made this one for free and that was the point so i dont have to spend money. the tire is held on by the same threaded hook that was in the wheel well. ive driven around and its stayed put.
Ok I thought you were mounting it with those ratchet straps. I was meaning if you stop really fast or get in an accident that thing will go flying.
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Unread 02-19-2014, 09:10 PM   #5
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nope im deciding if i want to use like u bolts to attach the roof or weld tabs and bolt it to the actual roof.. hm any other idea to mount the tire? i didnt want to weld a plate with studs incase i need to throw stuff up there
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Unread 06-22-2014, 02:25 PM   #6
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I would like more information about those rear tow hooks. How have they lasted? Typical use? How are they mounted? Did you drill additional holes for the bolts along the hitch?
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Unread 06-23-2014, 09:56 AM   #7
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Well I got the shackle tabs (blocks) from a garage sale on the fawkesfab website. Igot 4 for $25 the. I took 11/2" x11/2 " angle iron and I think they are 21 in length but I'm not sure I'd have to check. And I stick welded them all the way around . Holes wise I measured how far I wanted it to stick out then drilled 1/2" holes so it would line up where the gas tank skid and hitch would mount then I cut holes in the bumper. . With the right measurement u can cut a smaller hole but I just guessed and kept getting wrong but I'm okay with it. And durability. It works great I've gotten tugged pretty hard from the back when I got stuck in snow . Just make sure u have at least 2 bolts.. 3 is better
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Unread 06-23-2014, 12:44 PM   #8
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Hey James, I live over in Kennewick. I may be interested in having a project done - are you interested in talking about that? You could PM me if you are...
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