I figured that there might be times when I won't want the entire swing out tire carrier on the rear bumper. With it removed I can save a little weight and it will also show off my tailgate stripes a little better. With the carrier removed the spindle is a little naked just sitting out there by itself. I wanted to keep it out of the elements and also be able to protect the threads on the end. So here is a little cover I devised to protect the spindle. That masking tape was tough to get off.
I started with a 1" fine thread nut, which cost me $3.20, and needed to turn it down to fit inside of the 1.75" DOM I am going to use as the spindle cover. I took it over to the Hotrod shop and had them turn it down to the 1.55" inside diameter of the DOM tubing. To make it easier for them to chuck it in the lathe, I also had to buy a $13 bolt we cut the head off so it would fit in the chuck. This was a whole lot easier than me trying to eyeball it with an angle grinder. I really needed for this nut to be perfectly centered in the piece of DOM.
We cut the piece of DOM at 4.125" so it would be at the correct height to cover the entire spindle.
I slid the DOM over the nut and spindle and turned the nut so everything looked flat.
I tacked them together then removed it from the bumper to finish the welding.
Here is the cover threaded on and the cap piece sitting in place.
I welded the cap on and ground down the welds to make it look cleaner. Only a little final sanding left.
One last picture with it in place. I will paint this black to match the bumper when I repaint the front bumper.
I have it set to where the bottom of the cover engages the bumper as it tightens down. If I notice it trying to loosen as I'm driving around I'll simply drill a hole near the bottom and install a set screw.
What do you think? Should I try to patent it and make a million piggy backing off of Eddie?