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Unread 07-15-2004, 09:49 PM   #1
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FabShop Basics?

If one were to want to create their own fab shop capable of making/building/fabbing most of your standard jeep components, such as repairs, skids, bumpers, cages, body work, what type of equipment would be necessary to build a complete, yet home, fab shop. I really would like to be able to do a lot of my own work and build most parts for my Jeep. Just curious what would make a well rounded shop. Also curious who wants to buy all this for me?

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Unread 07-16-2004, 04:14 AM   #2
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welder
plasma cutter(not necessity but is very nice to have)
oxy/acetylene torch
tube bender(necessity for roll cages)
compressor w/cutting tools, grinders and impact wrench
jack, jack stands
good set of hand tools(wrenches, sockets, etc.)
frig full of beer(restocked daily)
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Unread 07-16-2004, 04:38 AM   #3
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Add; drill press
and a band saw.
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Unread 07-16-2004, 07:03 AM   #4
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also sheet metal brake, mill, lathe, various array of BFH's, and lots of practice.
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Unread 07-16-2004, 06:28 PM   #5
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Unread 07-16-2004, 11:26 PM   #6
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Couple angle grinders and a welder was what I started with, Now 2 bandsaws, 2 welders, half dozen angle grinders, drill press, hand tools that I had previously never heard of, tortch, and that is just the stuff I use daily. Next is a mill and a lathe..
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Unread 07-23-2004, 06:46 AM   #7
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also sheet metal brake, mill, lathe, various array of BFH's, and lots of practice.
i was thinking basics, a mill and lathe would be nice, but they can get pretty pricey for one that will handle big cuts and alot of fab work.
but i definitly plan on both a lathe and a mill in my own shop, but i am not going to buy one of those hobbyshop combos that you see in harbour freight. those things are just about useless on all but the smallest jobs.
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O and tons of rags, I hate it when i run out of rags or can't find one! UGH!
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Unread 07-25-2004, 10:53 PM   #9
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or D ,all of the above . a lift is nice to have also . the list will continue to grow as your projects do .
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What they said and.....
Parts washer, 6 ton jack stands 24" tall or better, anglefinder, level, tri-square, sawzall, lots of brake cleaner, assortment of bolts, nuts, and washers.
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Unread 07-30-2004, 12:24 AM   #11
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A good Vise and bench grinder and plenty of lighting are
"got to haves". The list is endless but fun to think about.

Shop Tools are like Money and Sex.......Never enough !
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Unread 08-06-2004, 01:37 PM   #12
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Actually if you look around and keep an ear to the pavement you might hear of some welding shop auctions and industrial auctions. That is where we picked up our lathe for $100 ( big industrial metal lathe with extra cutting teeth) and a 2 axis milling machine with a CAD computer and bits for only $250. Both are heavy duty industrial machines. We also picked up drill presses, welders, and other various metal working tools. Great place to overstock a home shop.


Don't forget a good set of body blocks and body hammers. These are great for fixing those dents when the trees and rocks move right before your very eyes. Also probably a couple cans of primer for preventing the rust. And probably some scrap 2x2, 2x4, and 4x4s would be nice also. Router the edges to round so if you use them to beat on something they don't put a crease. I have one 4x4 cut just long enough to fit under the axle and let me rock the jeep forward on it to do quick tire repairs and use as a base for the highlift. Luck would have it, I found it on the trail when I snapped my 35c axle shafts.
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Anyone have any good recomendations for tubing benders?

I want to bend 3/4 inch and 1 inch square tubing and up to 2-3 inch round tubing.... If it requires two different benders that is no problem..... Working on geting my crap togethere for my shop.....
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Anyone have any good recomendations for tubing benders?

I want to bend 3/4 inch and 1 inch square tubing and up to 2-3 inch round tubing.... If it requires two different benders that is no problem..... Working on geting my crap togethere for my shop.....

I use the Pro-tools 105 it will take square and round dies
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