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post #1 of (permalink) Old 06-07-2004, 09:10 PM Thread Starter
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I finally covered the "frame rails of death" with this hunk of steel I picked up for $10 from a guy whose wife was, umm, strongly advising him to get it off the carport [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img] Most of it is 3/8" plate, the 4x2" c-channel piece is 1/4" and nicely rounded, and the 2 main frame brackets with hook holes are 1/2" plate. It's a beast, but I did manage to mount it myself. The top deck is thinner sheet metal and not done well, not that the rest of it is necessarily a prize winner [img]images/graemlins/smirk.gif[/img] Unfortunately, it was made for a 88 Bronco so I was planning to grind those brackets off and move them over, but some of the welds are impossible to reach with a hand grinder so I went ahead and cut some of the passenger side bracket off and bolted the existing driver side bracket to the accordian part of the frame, just so I could bring it back home without taking space up in the back. It actually worked out ok, it really isn't off-center much at all but the passenger side does stick out an inch or two further forward than the driver side. Enough with the words, here are the pics:
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Well, a few more words. What's up with that winch mount? Where would you mount the damned winch? I don't get it. Those pieces of pipe must've been a grill guard... they've gotta go and I think I'll take that vertical plate off too and mount it horizontally so you could actually mount a winch to it. It's a rather odd bumper, but ~100 lbs of steel for 10 bucks ain't bad [img]images/graemlins/burnout.gif[/img]
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post #2 of (permalink) Old 06-07-2004, 10:18 PM
 
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looks like it is made for a front mount not a bottom mount winch.....
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Hey muddy, there wouldnt happen to be another bumper like that in the area for the price would it?
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I think it's set up for the 8274
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yep, ask the guy for the winch that was on it!!!!

that is ht ebest way to mount the winch.
it does not stress the bolts very much.
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Heck with that ! ask his wife if she wants you to take that ugly, greasy, filthy winch off her porch(and you won't even charge her to do it).

What a score Muddy !!!!! Get some rubber matting glued to the top and you've got a couple of great platforms for working under the hood !

Let me guess she made him sell his truck first eh ?

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yea, I like it too. Your truck looks way better, more finished. And hey, 10 bucks = free in my book. With everyone on the internet these days with their fancy sites, selling this type of stuff "custom made" for $400, I say you scored. Though it does look beastfully heavy. Once you slap a winch on there, let us know how much the front end ends up settling.

By the way, you think those holes are for fishing poles? You've seen how the coastal dudes do that right?
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I'd say those holes could be used to mount swivel bucket seats so you could strap a few drunken hunting buddies to them and watch them let loose as you break trail with them !

Safety eye wear would be a must !

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Say Muddy, from your pics all these years I thought you had an 87-91 front end, now I see you're actually newer !
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By the way, you think those holes are for fishing poles? You've seen how the coastal dudes do that right?

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My brother said the same thing [img]images/graemlins/chairfall.gif[/img]

I don't think it's for poles, the pipes look like they were torched off as an afterthought and they wouldn't really support a pole anyway... I'm guessing it had a grill guard that got in the way of the winch.

My truck does look more complete, but it still needs something under the bumper like a skidplate or maybe just another piece of channel because it the bumper looks too "short" to me. It had a HUGE piece of 3/4" thick rubber going across the bottom when I got it, which made it look like the bumper was 12" tall channel all the way across. That was too much, but another couple inches hanging down and I think it'd look more beefy. Oh well, function over form, it'll get the job done.

I've already used it as a platform while I was pulling my retarded tranny dipstick... verrrry handy [img]images/graemlins/40BEER.gif[/img]

I figure it's about 120 pounds, and the front end doesn't seem to have dropped any... I'd estimate less than 1/2" based on the spring rate of those coils. No problem, my truck sits up too high for the 35's anyway. I'll get some pics of the mounting brackets after I build them, then we'll see about getting a winch [img]images/graemlins/cool.gif[/img]
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It appears you guys are on the ball:
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Those things are sweet... a guy at Hot Springs had one and it makes a weird jingling noise, but damn it's fast! I guess I'll keep that plate on there and hope I run across one of those... it'll have to be used, though, since they run like $1200 new [img]images/graemlins/shocked.gif[/img]
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