Things that go bump...

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Things that go bump...

Postby Jabba » Thu Sep 23, 2010 2:38 pm

Given the advice from several club members and some blind naivety of my own, the magical process of turning a length of steel box section and some odds and ends into a superb, world class HD bumper has begun.

How hard can it be....

First stage was to pick up a length of 100x75x3 box from Dave for a few beer tokens. (Thanks Dave)
This was soon followed by lots of holding it up against the std bumper to see how it might fit, head scratching and drinking tea. Given a lack of fag packets, I had to resort to proper paper for some rough sketches.
Photos of other, commercial bumpers gave ideas too.

So, it should turn out to be much like the Devon 4x4 bumpers, tapered up at each end with recover loops welded in, in line with the chassis rails.

Let the cutting commence!
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Postby tecnick » Thu Sep 23, 2010 3:32 pm

Good luck, I wish I could weld. must practice more

Cheers nick
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Re: Things that go bump...

Postby TwoSheds » Thu Sep 23, 2010 4:12 pm

That's a good cut - what did you use?

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Postby Jabba » Thu Sep 23, 2010 4:19 pm

Mr angry grinder.

I wore ear plugs after the first set of cuts as I had a funny ringing noise reverberating round my skull even though I was outside. Should have known better really.

Now got to fettle the cuts and make sure both ends look even. Then tack weld them.
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Postby Jabba » Thu Sep 23, 2010 4:20 pm

Tecnick wrote:Good luck, I wish I could weld. must practice more


My welding gets better the more I do. At this rate it might be passable by the time I repair the bulkhead!

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Postby Jabba » Fri Sep 24, 2010 7:53 pm

Got the ends folded and welded today. Not too many diarrhetic chickens around, although the later welds do looks better than the first ones.
Getting more confident that the mounting points might even hold up to a recovery :shock:
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Postby bandiflip » Fri Sep 24, 2010 8:41 pm

Hmmm...i think ure a welding Hustler.... :lol:
do you know the meaning of Nemesis ???

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Postby Jabba » Fri Sep 24, 2010 8:44 pm

bandiflip wrote:Hmmm...i think ure a welding Hustler.... :lol:


No, just enjoying welding clean, good metal for a change rather than cr*py rust riddled junk. :)

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Postby Jabba » Sat Sep 25, 2010 4:43 pm

Finishing off the ends today. Decided to chamfer them front to back as well.
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Postby Jabba » Sat Sep 25, 2010 4:45 pm

Then just as I was finishing off...

... the welding tip stuck to the wire and pulled out of the gun. :(

Still just over 15 years out of one welding tip isn't bad I suppose. New one ordered along with the swan neck.
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Postby tecnick » Sat Sep 25, 2010 6:08 pm

mmm I'm always doing that to the one at school, is it coz I get it too close or just coz I is s**t at welding.

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Postby Jabba » Sat Sep 25, 2010 6:17 pm

From how I was welding at the time (and subsequently reading the tips in the manual while looking for parts diagram) I think I was toooooo close.

Oh well, never too late to learn. Bodged it back together for now so at least I can carry on without having to wait for the new parts.

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Postby davew » Sat Sep 25, 2010 10:07 pm

If you are using 0.8 wire I should have some spare tips, finding them on the other hand.... :)

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Postby TwoSheds » Sun Sep 26, 2010 4:13 am

davew wrote:If you are using 0.8 wire I should have some spare tips, finding them on the other hand.... :)
They should be in a little box inside the welder cover where the drum of wire goes... :)

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Postby tecnick » Sun Sep 26, 2010 7:26 am

For the Clarke welder we have at school, the tips are very cheap. The swan neck however seemed to be expensive. Matthew made ours work better some how.

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