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 Post subject: Fab new bumper
PostPosted: Thu Mar 20, 2008 1:14 pm 
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I'd like to get some input on a new bumper I'm in the process of fabricating. Any comments welcome. This is a hunting rig but I still want it to look decent.
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these are fabbing and fitting.

The original turn signal lights will be hard to fit. Does anyone know where to get smaller, maybe round lights?

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 Post subject: Re: Fab new bumper
PostPosted: Thu Mar 20, 2008 1:47 pm 
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any lights you want you can make work. walk thru the automotive dept. at walmart, they have some descent ones here where i live.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 20, 2008 5:27 pm 
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oooh I likes the bumper!!!! now behind the plate are you gusseting it or bracing it somehow I m interested. I built a rear tube bumper with a spot for receiver tube for my old luv it turned out o k for my first time. keep up the good work. Maybe some Frenched led lights. :)


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you can go to your local rig shop they have a lot of kool stuff :ebiggrin

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 21, 2008 11:12 am 
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Thanks for the tips and thanks for the compliment LuvProjects. I tried Wally world and Autozone and all they had was running or fog lights and trailer lights. Nothing was rigged for a turn signal and running light at the same time. I will check a rig up shop next.
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oooh I likes the bumper!!!! now behind the plate are you gusseting it or bracing it somehow I m interested. :)

I haven't put any gusseting on the backside. I don't think I will need to since I don't intend to do any bush wacking. The bumper will be pretty solid the way it is since the plates are welded at an angle and bent at the ends and using 3/16 plate. I will be able to use the original bumper brackets so that it can go back to original easily.

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Really nice! You just might have a market for a few of these...

Your local truck stop probably has dozens of various size LED's to choose from for turn signals.

Please post photos of the finished product :)

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Update with new pics. Still need to find some lights.
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damn can't wait to see it finished really sharp


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 24, 2008 3:59 am 
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The bumper looks good! Did you chrome it or is it just polished or painted? I am sure you would be able to sell a few of those if you wanted to keep making them. Nice work! 8)

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Looks Great! I like how it has a "stock" feel to it, but could it a train at 87mph and not even flinch :twisted:

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The bumper is not finished yet and still has to be painted. I was quoted $125 to have it powder coated. I'm not sure if I'll do that or not. The bumper is a whole lot stronger than the original since originals are basically heavy duty tin foil. :roll: It deffinately won't stop a speeding train although there is room where it can be re-inforced from behind.

Thanks for the comments,

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 24, 2008 8:27 pm 
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Go to a local truck stop, big truck dealership, or chrome toystore for big trucks.
They have lots of different lights that will work for turn/marker lights. Many are mounted in a rubber mount and just pop into an oval or round hole you could cut into the bumper.
Oval LED's would look cool!

I like what you built. I too, like the original look to it. Good job!

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 28, 2008 7:29 pm 
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I built a bumper for my luv to. Not near as nice as yours but I took a piece of 8 inch heavy C chanel and turned the corners in at a slight angle,and for turn signals I used what rondog was talking about. Their about 3 1/2 inch's round U just cut your holes with a torch 2 fit the ruber gaskets pop in the lights, hook up the two wires and u got blinkers. Just make sure you cut your holes a bit small first. Rather than cuttin them out to big the first time. THATS A REALY NICE BUMPER


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Thanks mikew, I'm almost finished and I did get the lights your are talking about. I got LED lights but I'm having a hard time wiring them in. There are 3 wires on them and so far I can't seam to get the right combination to get running lights and turn signal on both sides. :cry: Today I'll be cleaning up my fuse panel and replacing the tail bulbs and flasher to eliminate interference from them. I'll post pics when it's done.

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Finally got'r done. I cheesed out and just painted it and my youngest said it looked like something from a 80's sifi. But, still I think it works for me and my ole huntin truck.
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I think that looks pretty slick myself...

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 02, 2008 10:22 pm 
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:esurprised that is one helluva design for a bumper! beautiful product if you setup a jig and had a few templates and some spare time you could totally sell those!!!! I tried my hand at my rear bumper kinda was too much could have simplified it

thanks for sharing your new bumper


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That front bumper turned out nice. I like the LED's!

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80's sci-fi....hmmmm... Mad Max anyone? That thing rocks! Great job...

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That is awesome! great job! It does look a little sci-fi after the paint job, but still kick ass! Now if those were offered in chrome I am sure you would have some buyers! 8)

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