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04-16-2013, 01:06 PM #1
prerunner bumper build
Alright guys Im gonna go ahead and start this thread for my bumper build and update it as progress continues...
1) JD2 pipe bender
2) 1.5" schedule 40 pipe
4) tape measure
6) drill press
Heres what I got started last weekend...
had to mount our new JD2 pipe bender, since I knew we had no place other than dead center of our guest house garage, I knew it would also have to be movable, so I used female concrete anchors, so I could store it out of the way when not using it.
setup done, now time for lots of measuring and tedious thinking...
here was my first two bends...
second two bends...
my brother is holding it up for a visual reference
once again visual reference
now to begin my point of no return...
starting with sawing off the frame horns...
here was after my first cut
(THE METAL BLADES ON THE SAWZAW CUT THROUGH LIKE BUTTER!)
looking good so far after second (what was supposed to be final cut)
then I noticed this...
My truck was totaled my junior year in high school thanks to the most favorite NBS, ABS sensor defect, that GM has no motivation to ever fix. And i never thought that my left front frame horn couldve been replaced.... well apparently it was, and when it was replaced, it seem they cut about 1/2" extra off before welding the replacement horn back on, which is weird because my stock bumper sat just fine...
its really not too much of a setback, since this is a CUSTOM bumper, but id rather everything be even on both sides just for easier measurements.
this is after I used some leftover rustoleum bed spray on the front frame to keep rust from attacking my fresh new cuts...
thats all i got done for my first weekend...
near future plans:
1) make sure frame ends are even
2) find some 1/2" sheet steel to weld into my frame horns to cap them off, and provide a solid mounting point for my bumper
3) cap ends of main tube2000 Chevrolet Silverado
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04-16-2013, 03:28 PM #2
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04-16-2013, 03:38 PM #3
yeah I will do my best to do my own welds with friends help and my engineering shop director's guidance as well... already picked up a lincoln 180 welder from lowes, thanks to income tax! This should be the biggest project I ever use it for, it should come in handy for the rest of my life though whenever i need it.
after i finish my bumper i will start my headache rack.
But everything will be the same size pipe, due to bending dies being $300.00+ a piece.
04-16-2013, 04:06 PM #4
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Yea they ain't cheap. Whenever I get around to lifting my truck I'm gunna make some step bars that look like the nfab ones but with a lot more strength
04-16-2013, 08:07 PM #5
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I will be following your progress through this build as I am looking at doing a custom bumper build. But so far so good man looks like it will turn out pretty good.Jack It Up Fat Chicks Can't Jump-Kansas HickLyfe
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04-16-2013, 09:06 PM #6
I don't personally tend to like the prerunner look, but I have such a deep respect for the time and attention to detail required for GOOD custom fabrication (be it electrical, fiberglass, metal, etc.) that I'll be following this thread.
Remember every bump and gotcha you run into. There always are some ... and they're what make the work fun and interesting, even if they make you curse like mad along the way. They're also what make you respond with a 'hell no!' when someone with no clue about what you went through asks you if you'll make one like yours, for them ... and how much you'd charge. LOL (But it feels good to be asked that.)
04-16-2013, 10:21 PM #7
What all is going to go on the bumper? Winch? Lights? Drings?
It will be a great accomplishment to have a bad a$$ bumper on your truck that is custom built... by YOU!!!!
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04-16-2013, 11:00 PM #8
thanks guys, I can tell you for now itll be at least until may before i get an update on this, due to multiple things coming up on the weekends requiring me to stay in corpus christi...
my plan is light, strong and low profile because the less weight on the front of a 2wd THE BETTER!
and for surreal, it is a prerunner type for lack of a better term, but i am taking what i like about prerunner bumpers and transforming it into something I hope to be one of a kind, because i HATE being like everyone else
04-16-2013, 11:25 PM #9
It takes time. Heck, my on board air project commenced in late Q3 of last year .... and here we are in Q2 of 2013. That's 6 months. I keep wondering where it went. Thankfully I work on other projects between the fab work, as there are necessary wait periods for what I'm doing (i.e. design/fabrication I simply can't do, myself, due to the cost of tools).
Just make slow, steady progress.
05-22-2013, 09:10 PM #10
well, this past weekend I was in San antonio for a couple days, and ran into my very first "snag" which ruined any progress on my build...
Found out my welder required a different AMP rating 250V plug than either our compressor, dryer, or water heater had...
they run on 30A, 250V connections, my welder requires a 50A, 250V connection, so needless to say i had to run to lowes to pick up a female plug, for it which is pretty cheap, but its the 8AWG wire thatll cost $1.93/foot to run through the walls and ceiling to get to the garage.... more time and money, but worth it in the end...
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