been a while. .................................................. ....
Just finished off the front bumper for the heep today.
I just need to get the tube work done when I can make a trip down to Sylvan Lake to visit Brink_.
I cut the plate out, and drilled holes in all the corners of the cut-outs. I then connected the "dots" with a zip disc on a grinder, then made it look nice with a die-grinder. Big pain in the ***, but it's worth it for the pretty holes.
I had it all tacked together for a test fit.
Ok, fits good! Took it off to weld it, and put it on the jeep again to use a bumper until I work on it again.
Made the clevis tabs out of 1" thick QT100 plate, drilled 1" holes in them and welded them on, and welded up the whole bumper. I then spent a bunch of time cleaning up all the welds and spatter.
All done now but the paint and the 4 holes for the winch mount. The top plate that the winch mounts to is 1/4", the fairlead mount and formed bottom is all 3/16". There are also 1/4" doubler plates inside, opposite to where the clevis mounts are welded on for extra assurance.
The winch plate is not removable obviously, which means you have to remove the bumper to get the winch off. This is by design so it doesn't get stolen.
You can see the full gallery of images here: http://myjeeptj.com/wpg2?g2_itemId=13496
Let me know what you think, it's my first crack at a bumper, but I do work as a press brake operator so I know this stuff pretty well. The design is similar to the one from SniperFab, but it's designed from scratch by yours truly. I got a ticketed welder in the shop to do the welding for me.