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.
'04 WJ "Sherry" 4.0L RCX 4in lift on 265/75/16 BFG ATs DD/Trail rig- uniden 505xl 4ft firestik- custom roof Rack- custom rear and front shackle tabs-