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Unread 08-05-2009, 11:18 PM   #1
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Blood, sweat and beers... a.k.a. voodooJK build.

I bought some 6 x 3/16" steel and built a front stubby bumper...





Studs









I don't do much MIG welding, mostly TIG, but it didn't turn out too bad...



Grinding down the welds...













I used the MIG welder at work. I recently moved and had no 220 outlet in the garage to run my TIG, as soon as I did I made a bar and got some d-ring mounts on. Eventually it'll have a winch so I can't put the stock fogs back in the center, so I mounted some Hellas.












I got the 220v outlet wired up in the garage and fired up the TIG for the first time this year. I'm a little rusty, but it didn't turn out too bad. I used some angle iron and made some light mounts...







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Unread 08-05-2009, 11:19 PM   #2
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I picked up some 2" tubing, 1/8 wall thickness and a couple 90 degree bends to make the bar.





After I finished up welding and painting the bar and getting the lights working on Saturday, we went camping. I didn't get any good flex shots on the technical sections but just wanted to get a few pics that weren't in the drive way.













Added clevis mounts. Completed, until I add a winch and fairlead.





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Unread 08-05-2009, 11:22 PM   #3
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Nice work. You going to sink the winch down into the bumper and feed the fairlead through the front?

Also, is that Rustoleum Textured rattle can you're using? Satin Black, I guess?

EDIT: One more thing. Those are Crosby shackles, right? Where did you get them and for how much? I got mine for $22/ea from Defender Marine, and they do not look nice and fresh like that. The pins, primarily, look beat up, with much of the paint flaked off.
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Unread 08-05-2009, 11:31 PM   #4
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Removed the rear bumper...



... worked up some courage...



... and got started.





















Picked up a few parts, clevis mount, hinge for tire carrier...





I need to start my tire carrier next.
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Unread 08-05-2009, 11:34 PM   #5
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Nice work. You going to sink the winch down into the bumper and feed the fairlead through the front?

Also, is that Rustoleum Textured rattle can you're using? Satin Black, I guess?

EDIT: One more thing. Those are Crosby shackles, right? Where did you get them and for how much? I got mine for $22/ea from Defender Marine, and they do not look nice and fresh like that. The pins, primarily, look beat up, with much of the paint flaked off.

Thanks. Yep, I'll mount the winch between the frame. I used duplicolor bedliner instead of powder coat so I can touch up if I change things and after it get's beat up.

The shackles are ARB, $16. Got them locally but have seen them on Quadratech too.
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Unread 08-05-2009, 11:49 PM   #6
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Good stuff. That duplicolor bedliner is the rattle can stuff I've seen, right?

By the way, you're sure you're not going any bigger on your tires, right? Doesn't seem like there's much gap left on the rear to grow into. Otherwise, fantastic job. Next step? Put some 4" round reverse lights in there
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Unread 08-06-2009, 12:11 AM   #7
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That is incredibly skillful work. I will officially never post any of my welds on this forum. You make me look very bad.
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Unread 08-06-2009, 12:16 AM   #8
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That is incredibly skillful work. I will officially never post any of my welds on this forum. You make me look very bad.
hell i'm not even going to bother building stuff anymore after seeing this.

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Unread 08-06-2009, 02:12 AM   #9
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Impressive

Congratulations!
Very nice work!!!

Anyway, what is approximately the weight of the new front bumper?
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Unread 08-06-2009, 03:37 AM   #10
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I think you need more welding practice.

By that I mean you could build me some tube fenders...



Very nice work.
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Unread 08-06-2009, 04:36 AM   #11
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Great job! Exactly what I want to build (or have built for me).
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Unread 08-06-2009, 04:52 AM   #12
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they look great, wish i could weld.
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Unread 08-06-2009, 07:57 AM   #13
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Impressive! You do amazing work!

P.S. Was that a weimaraner I saw walking around?
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Unread 08-06-2009, 08:22 AM   #14
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Those both look great, good job. Can't wait to see the carrier.
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Unread 08-06-2009, 08:31 AM   #15
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shipped to 11743? j/k, awesome.....I love the "i dont weld much part" followed by perfect dimes stacked all nicey nice. Really good job, I want your welding skills.
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