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post #21 of 92 (permalink) Old 05-26-2014, 10:10 PM
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Really nice work Rodan. Impressive attention to details and strength.
Shame you got the tire out so far but I can see how plans change and problems emerge.
Still, very nice and very strong. Look forward to seeing the left side finished up.

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post #22 of 92 (permalink) Old 05-27-2014, 01:48 AM Thread Starter
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Why the large loop at the front of your sliders?
Makes a convenient place to stand while washing the windshield.
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No progress on the rear bumper to report... but I did pick up the first piece of the front bumper build:



Yeah, I know... chinese junk...

Truth is they have a good rep online, and have had solid reviews in the mags. And for $299, you really can't go too wrong....

Anyway, installing springs and sway bars in the wife's hotrod this weekend, so no work on the Bronco...

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Wished I had know I would have thrown you a 20% off coupon. Sign up for harbor freight email. Every month they send coupons.
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Wished I had know I would have thrown you a 20% off coupon. Sign up for harbor freight email. Every month they send coupons.
Don't worry... I get all the coupons.

BTW, the 20-25% coupons are mostly BS. They're only good on things that aren't already 'on sale' (most everything in the store), and specifically exclude most of the more expensive stuff (tool boxes, welders, jacks, etc.).

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I love it! Your progress keeps making me go back and forth about buying a new welder.


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Rodan, I'm halfway through a stick welding course for my auto addiction, not as a profession (a MIG course can be taken after completion of stick). I'm not proficent enough yet to see photos and know which method used, are you using MIG or stick welding ? cheers

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I'm using MIG (Lincoln Weld-Pak 155) w/gas that I bought at Home Depot years ago. I'm by no means a professional, and have learned a lot here and at other forums. One of these days I would like to take a few classes at the local Community College to see what I've been doing wrong all this time...
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Many thanks, I'm a big admirer of your handywork, there's alot of personal satisfaction to know "I made that".
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Good progress today, but not many pics...

Got the supports for the roof rack done, and got the high lift mount and the basic support for the jerry cans done. It's not all the way done, but I've done as much as I can without having the cans in hand.



Also got most of it painted. Hope to finish up in the morning and get it back on the truck before going to work.

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Done... for now.

The driver's side will have some more structure to support the jerry cans, but I need the cans to plan the structure, and there are a couple issues that need attention before I get some ordered (cracked radiator and leaky master cylinder). I've decided to use the Spectre polymer mil-spec cans, and they're pricey... It may also get a removeable cooler carrier on top of the jerry cans. Haven't decided on that for sure.

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Driver's side swingout, you can see the high-lift mount, and on the side, the mount for the upright that will support the roof rack.



Here's a piece of tubing slid on the mount to give an idea. Final version will be bent to follow the body contours.



With the gear mounted up:



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Very nice work. I like the way it turned out.
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Thanks, guys!

I added up the receipts today, and ended up at ~$475 including steel, parts and consumables. Less than I originally expected.

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Now you can buy some of those metal NATO cans I posted earlier instead of those overpriced Scepter cans. Most guys I know are going with the NATO cans instead of jumping on the plastic bandwagon.

I have 8 of the water version Scepter cans. While they are good, I don't think they are worth there over inflated prices. You can thank CARB for that. Any of the fuel versions have to be sneaked back in across the Canadian border because the spout is not CARB rated. The NATO cans got a free pass from CARB.
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I'll do some research on the NATO cans... I've had some poor experiences with metal cans in the past, but they were the old style.

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Looks great, man!!! Keep up the good work!

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I'll do some research on the NATO cans... I've had some poor experiences with metal cans in the past, but they were the old style.
Yes the NATO cans are 10 times better than the old style jerry cans. Buy from a good place not some place like Cheaper Than Dirt that sells China made ones.

Here give you some good research to read. Don't blame me if you get addicted.
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Looks great. I love the two sides.
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Great work! The hi-lift mount is especially nice.

Very interested to see how you mount the fuel cans.

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