So Friday i got a little bit of work done. Made all 4 tabs to laminate the shackle mounts.
I need to pilot them, and then they can be welded up like i did the rears; hopefully Monday. Apparently a month or so ago i forgot to turn the gas bottle off on the mig, so i gotta go get gas tomorrow morning first!
Heres a teaser for the corner:
There will be two more pieces to wrap around the corner , and i think im going to change the shape of this one a bit, as im afraid its going to end up too wide. It does give you a good idea of the look im going for though!
Mocked up a bumper bracket in cardboard:
Plan is to have a shackle mount part of the bracket and pass thru the front plate, like i did on the rear:
...and duplicated! Built them out of 3/8" plate like i did for the rear, which is pretty time consuming!
Welding them to the center plate:
Laying out for bumper bolts. Im reusing 3 holes in the frame, plus adding two more.
Drilling 1/2" holes in 3/8" plate kind of sucks!
Which gets us to yesterday. Shes officially bolted on!
I can already tell, this thing is gonna be heavy!
Tomorrow im going to start laminating the shackle tabs, to get that done and over with before the bumper gets too heavy to easily move around. Once thats done ill start working on the corners.
Ok, finally, an update!
It took me a little while to decide how i wanted to build the front bumper, then sourcing the material. Since i had to actually buy new steel to build it (i usually buy all my steel from the local scrap steel yard), i decided to have them do a little work for me before i picked it up. Took a little bit of time, but i got a lot of work done on other projects around the house so no big deal.
So anyways, i picked this up about a week ago:
8' of 1/4" plate all bent up :imp Its a 5" leg and an 8" leg, with a 1-3/8" section in the middle. Should be just enough to build what im planning.
Chopped off a piece 43" long:
The 8" leg might seem a bit tall, but as you can see here, its necessary to hide that massive winch:
Because this winch is from a Powerwagon, its got an unusual handle:
My current plan is to modify it to swing over the bumper so i dont have to cut a notch in it, but that wont happen for a little while yet.
Other items of note:
#1, the fairlead on this winch goes on the top of the drum instead of the bottom.
#2, LED light bar!