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Unread 12-17-2010, 11:30 AM   #16
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Eddie (BESRK) I think also sells DIY bumper parts. A to Z has nice stuff too.

BTW, I wasent trying to give you a "safety lesson" Just saying that no matter what you think you are doing as safe as possible, something is bound to happen to you anyway.
No, I didnt take it that way. Youre absolutely right. On a related note, I took the wife's advice and just went to the hospital, my eye was hurting more this morning than yesterday. They just pulled a metal splinter out Turns out something shot in there while I was grinding. Always wear safety goggles!

I need to take a look at Besrk's ebay page. Havent done that in a while. Good idea.

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Unread 12-17-2010, 12:53 PM   #17
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Very nice work!
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Unread 12-17-2010, 12:57 PM   #18
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quote**Shackle tabs are 1/2" quote**

are you sure they look way bigger in the pics more like 1''
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Unread 12-17-2010, 01:24 PM   #19
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quote**Shackle tabs are 1/2" quote**

are you sure they look way bigger in the pics more like 1''
Good catch, yes they are. I need to fix that.
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Unread 12-17-2010, 01:34 PM   #20
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I need to take a look at Besrk's ebay page. Havent done that in a while. Good idea.
I would just PM him instead. I don't think he posts everything that he sell on EBay.
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Unread 12-17-2010, 01:50 PM   #21
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Excellent work my friend! And for this being your very 1st time building and welding I would say you are a natural and have some great skills and abilities. If you ever decide to build to sell let me know and I'll support you and buy one.
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Unread 12-17-2010, 02:24 PM   #22
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Excellent work my friend! And for this being your very 1st time building and welding I would say you are a natural and have some great skills and abilities. If you ever decide to build to sell let me know and I'll support you and buy one.
Wow, thanks! Right now I need to work out a few kinks, standardize measurements and I want to do something to differentiate what I make from what others make. I dont think Ill ever be able to do full out sales like Eddie and a few others here do but i might be able to turn a few out here and there for a few extra bucks! And I have a long way to go before Ill be able to put out that kind of quality. I still need more practice though. I refuse to take anyone's money unless I know Im giving them the best that I can deliver. And if nothing else, this first build has given me a huge new respect for those of you all that do this for a living. Its a lot more work than I thought it was going to be.
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Unread 12-17-2010, 02:43 PM   #23
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Your bumper really turned out great. A job well done.
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Unread 12-17-2010, 05:13 PM   #24
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Think "mass production", templates, jigs, outsourcing and "industrial strength" equipment.

Take any $$$ you earn and dump it right back into your shop.. bigger welder, plasma cutter, 7" grinder, welding table, big vise, mill/drill, dual stage compressor..etc.

The sayings.. "a penny saved is a penny earned" and "it takes money to make money" must have been coined by someone making bumpers for a living
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Unread 12-17-2010, 05:59 PM   #25
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The sayings.. "a penny saved is a penny earned" and "it takes money to make money" must have been coined by someone making bumpers for a living


I absolutely agree with re-investing it. Ive been eyeballing larger welders, tube benders, plasma cutters... I cant get enough of this stuff. Again, I really have no intention on going to full blown production, I just really enjoy building things. Its funny you said that because everytime I think about the possibility of making a few $$$, I automatically go to "how many X would I need to make to pay for an X..."
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Unread 12-17-2010, 06:25 PM   #26
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Trust me.. double the amount of Xs that you think you'll need, and you'll be halfway there.. J/K
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Unread 12-21-2010, 03:51 PM   #28
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Thanks everyone for all the compliments. My gas can mounts finally came in. So I spent a couple hours adding it to the carrier:
















Only thing I have left now is a spring latch that Ill weld onto the spindle. It keeps the carrier locked open or closed.

For anyone that got to see it up close, I originally had a small oversite where the tailgate would touch the spindle when it was half way open. I fixed that by shaving about 1/16" off of one side of the castlated nut. Now it opens all the way as it should. I also had an issue where the hi-lift would hit the tail light if the carrier was opened all the way, I just flipped the hi-lift to the inside of the mount and no more problems.
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Unread 12-21-2010, 03:57 PM   #29
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Great work! How did you cut the slots for the d ring tabs?
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Unread 12-21-2010, 04:01 PM   #30
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Great work! How did you cut the slots for the d ring tabs?
Thanks. I outlined where the tabs needed to go with a marker then drilled a hole in each corner all the way through on the drill press (to make sure it was even front and rear). Cant remember the size of the drill hole but the bigger the better as long as you dont go outside the lines you made earlier. From there play connect the dots with a grinder! Pretty easy just time consuming.
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