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Unread 06-14-2013, 07:19 AM   #1
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Type of steel for front/rear bumpers

So I work for a steel building manufacturing company and I ended up checking with the operations director about loading up some scrap. He said it wouldn't be a problem but asked what kind of steel I was looking for?

I'm no expert on metal or fabrication work so what should I tell this guy? Should I just ask for an I beam and call it good lol?

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Unread 06-14-2013, 11:33 AM   #2
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I'd take what ever he is willing to let you have,i'm assuming you mean its a Pre-Engineered building company like for example a Butler or American Building.

It also really depends on what kind of tools and equipment you have at home to work with to cut up and fabricate a bumper with..welder..cuttin torch,,grinder,cut wheels...etc etc.

Most of the Girders and Perlins i've ever seen on Pre Fab buildings are 1/8" to 3/16" material..which is pretty common for a bumper,plus the knee brace material,bridging stiffeners for the perlins...etc

Anything from sheetmetal up to 1/4" material would be good scrap to have around for jeep projects
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Unread 06-18-2013, 11:35 AM   #3
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I'm with IW, whenever I'm offered free steel anywhere in the size/thickness range I typically work with, I take it. I can't tell you how many times I've been able to pull a piece from the scrap box, bucket, or pile and use it in a project or fix I'm working on. Especially convenient late at night or after business hours on the weekends. I say if it's free, take it! (I'm cheap)
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Unread 06-18-2013, 10:24 PM   #4
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Some structural steel may have a different tensile strength than mild (a36). T1, A50 (or grade 50) is typical for buildings and bridges here in Kali. The main difference is in the tensile strength, or the ability to flex and return. Mild gives up pretty quick but does not break when extremely folded/bent. I would say structural steel would be good for Jeep projects. AR plate no dice, brittle when hit hard.
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