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Front bumper build (slow)

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by flyboy.co2, Feb 28, 2013.

  1. Mar 28, 2013 at 5:56 PM
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    Got set back yesterday due to being sick. So today I've just finished prepping the metal to weld it, which will happen tomorrow. Got the first piece mounted to the winch plate, and it got dark out before I could start on the rest. After I get it tacked up and fitted to the truck tomorrow I'll post a bunch of pictures before I do the final welds, and then paint it this weekend. Barring disaster I should have a new bumper by the end of this weekend!
     
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  2. Mar 28, 2013 at 6:21 PM
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  3. Mar 29, 2013 at 12:20 PM
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    Here are some spy pics :spy: things are coming together almost perfect. A couple things needed to be changed because I shouldn't have made templates out of cardboard. Too flexible... Oh well there's always next time! Just have to roll with it.

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    The pace I'm going at now I might have this thing prepped and ready to paint for tomorrow. Because the tig can't be moved... I'm using a Lincoln mig to quickly tac it altogether and then I'll bring it inside to tig it all together.

    Wooot!
     
  4. Mar 29, 2013 at 12:23 PM
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    Awesome. That looks great. Fabbing in the street ftw. Let me know if you find any 1st gen armor laying around.
     
  5. Mar 29, 2013 at 12:33 PM
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    Thanks! I'm pretty happy with it. And I'll keep an eye open for some first gen armor!
     
  6. Mar 29, 2013 at 1:03 PM
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    Finished tacking it up! Taking it off and going to finish up those welds. Then let the sanding begin...
     
  7. Mar 29, 2013 at 1:16 PM
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    Looking good cam !
     
  8. Mar 29, 2013 at 1:40 PM
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    Thanks!

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    Luckily it weighs very little, so taking it off was no problem. I think I mis calculated the weight earlier... Oh well! I would guess the shell weighs in around 60lbs. There still are a couple things to ad to it so it will get a little heavier, but not by much.
     
  9. Mar 29, 2013 at 1:44 PM
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    That's really pretty light for a plate bumper
     
  10. Mar 29, 2013 at 2:02 PM
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    I know! That will have to wait till summer when I have some extra cash to burn lol. I'll get a bunch of lights!
     
  11. Mar 29, 2013 at 3:17 PM
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    Cam, are those upper holes in the center hi-lift jacking points? Also, are you adding shackles and d-rings to the front?
     
  12. Mar 29, 2013 at 3:33 PM
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    They can definitely be used that way! And I'll be adding some d-rings and shackles soon. Need to cut the pieces out of the 5/16" plate then weld it on. That won't happen till next week though.
     
  13. Mar 30, 2013 at 5:16 PM
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    Slow and steady drives a sane man off the edge... What I would give for a sand blaster...

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    On that note does anyone have a super method of cleaning really rusty metal?
     
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    Sandblasting:stirthepot:

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    Couldn't help myself. It really looks good though. Can't wait to see it painted.
     
  17. Mar 30, 2013 at 6:24 PM
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    I've decided I'm just going to get it sandblasted. I figure the amount of time it will take me to grind all the surfaces will take too long, and the quality will only be half as good, if that, of sandblasted metal. So far I've spent around $60 on this bumper, why not splurge a little? Or see if I can use a friends sandblaster.

    Sadly this means it won't be mounted and painted this weekend, but hopefully within the next week it'll be ready. The metal is kinda pitted from being in the elements for so long, it was scrap off a construction site, so it has seen its fair share of abuse. Sandblasting is the way to go.
     
  18. Mar 30, 2013 at 7:20 PM
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    Angle grinder and a wire wheel works pretty well. For the flat parts, those wire wheel cups work well.
     
  19. Mar 30, 2013 at 7:26 PM
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    Way to DIY! I'm about to start building one as well one my parts come in for my suitcase
     
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