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My bumper build thread!

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by SkyHighTacoma, Jul 5, 2011.

  1. Jul 5, 2011 at 7:29 PM
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    SkyHighTacoma

    SkyHighTacoma [OP] Josh

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    So I figured that I would make a thread of my bumper that I have been building, its not done yet but its getting there. This is the first bumper that me and my dad have ever built and it has taken awhile to build but every chance we get we work on it. But my plans are by the end of the week, it should be done besides paint! :D:cool::)

    It is made out of: 1/4" angle iron for the main bottom support, 1 3/4" square tube that is 1/8" thick, and the side support bars are schedule 40# pipe welded onto the 1/4" angle iron brackets bolted onto the frame.

    1. Angle iron for the main support bolted to the frame with stock bolt location.
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    2. Painted everything black.
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    3. Two supports welded on ready for the top bar to be welded.
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    4. All welded on.
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    6. Here are the brackets that I made out of left over 1/4" angle iron, drilled two holes through it and the frame and bolted it on.
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    7. The side supports welded on and capped off with welds.
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    8. Got the angled side bars cut and welded on today, finish welding it on towmorrow along with a light hoop and light tabs.
    [​IMG]
     
  2. Jul 5, 2011 at 7:46 PM
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    capetaco12

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    Looks good;) Are you going to turn that piece of C channel into the skid mount?
     
  3. Jul 5, 2011 at 9:41 PM
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    SkyHighTacoma [OP] Josh

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    Thanks! And I have thought about it and I probably will, but Im not sure yet. I just wanna get my bumper built and move onto some sliders! :D
     
  4. Jul 6, 2011 at 1:34 AM
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  5. Jul 15, 2011 at 1:23 PM
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    SkyHighTacoma [OP] Josh

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    9. Light hoop welded on:
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    [​IMG]
     
  6. Jul 15, 2011 at 1:24 PM
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    sweet bumper man:)
     
  7. Jul 15, 2011 at 1:36 PM
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    Wow. Looking good. Always good to see diy projects.
     
  8. Jul 17, 2011 at 12:19 AM
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    Thanks guys! :D Im doing my best on the bumper.
     
  9. Jul 17, 2011 at 12:49 AM
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    You are going to paint it or powder coat it right? I think that would help it look more legit!
     
  10. Jul 17, 2011 at 12:51 AM
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    No sense doing that until it's finished. But I will say, there's nothing more fugly than a nice bumper that has rust all over it. It'll definitely look more legit once it's painted. I won't even take pics of some of my stuff unpainted since they always look "finished" once painted. It's the cherry on the ice cream. What I like about these types of projects is this...they start out looking like frankenstein, and the more that's done, it just starts to come together. Every fab project is like that.

    Are you going to fill that front open area with a skid plate? With 2 or 3 holes for some air flow and looks maybe..? You could zap some tabs on and do a bolt on aluminum plate. The contrast of aluminum and painted steel always looks great together. I like to hear about father - son projects, that's cool.
     
  11. Jul 17, 2011 at 1:09 AM
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    For right now I am probably just going to rattle can it black untill I can afford some roll on bedliner so I can bedline the whole bumper.

    Yes I am either going to plate it in, or I am going to tack on some black wire mesh over the holes. And I will probably make a skid plate bolted to the bottom of the 1/4" angle iron on the bumper. And I know what you mean about it looking unfinished without paint lol. But I had to roll around with it for alil bit just to admire my work. :D It will be painted soon though, after I weld on some light tabs on the light hoop.
     
  12. Jul 17, 2011 at 2:21 AM
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    wow thats exactly the same as myn sept myns tube and i kept the stock bumper.[​IMG][​IMG]

    i think i like your better without the stock bumper underneath. looks good man
     
  13. Jul 17, 2011 at 2:57 AM
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    Its coming along rather nicely bro...good for you :thumbsup:
     
  14. Jul 17, 2011 at 4:42 AM
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    It definitely has the high clearance aspect going for it! Keep It up!
     
  15. Jul 17, 2011 at 4:43 AM
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    you could easily add fog lights in the lower outside triangles and running lights in the center.
     
  16. Jul 17, 2011 at 9:46 PM
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    Haha thanks man! And nice Taco, I like how you did your bumper though, its deafently unique. :thumbsup:

    Thanks man! :D

    Thank you, and yea I noticed that after I built it haha. :cool:

    Yea I thought about putting lights in the triangle part but Idk yet. Deafently in the light hoop though, I should have that on towmorrow and painted if Im not to busy. I will post pics! :D:cool::)
     
  17. Jul 17, 2011 at 9:52 PM
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    Looks great Josh , now hurry your ass up & finish so you can do mine !!

    I've been lagging, big time ! I even have a welder sitting in my garage waiting for me, maybe if I quit working on 2nd gens, I'll get something done on my own truck ...:D
     
  18. Jul 17, 2011 at 9:54 PM
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    Well said....;)
     
  19. Jul 17, 2011 at 11:49 PM
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    Thanks man! :D And stop working on those damn breaking 2nd gens!! :stirthepot:
     
  20. Jul 20, 2011 at 7:58 PM
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    SkyHighTacoma [OP] Josh

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    Painted it black and took the Taco out for some fun:
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    :cool:
     
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