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post #1 of (permalink) Old 05-10-2009, 01:42 PM Thread Starter
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Radiator Guard

I sometimes worry about getting a stick shoved through the grill and into the radiator, and when leaves and muffus get behind the grill it's a pain to get it out, so I made this guard.

The stainless steel mesh came from an auction for five bucks, and the 1/4" rod was left over from the restoration. The best part is that a buddy who owns a body shop gave me a panel spotter they no longer use because they've gone to adhesives. I TIG welded the rod to form the perimeter, spotted the mesh onto it and then cleaned up the ends with grinders. Only took half a day.

Right now it's just shoved between the grill and the winch mount, but I'll come up with a better method before the Bash.

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Sweet!

Got enough scrap to make another one?

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Make sure it’s easy to remove so you can take it off, set it over a fire and cook burgers on it.

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No, I'm almost out of SS 1/4" rod, but right now, time is what's in really short supply.

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Make sure it’s easy to remove so you can take it off, set it over a fire and cook burgers on it.
Now THERE's a man who's thinking!

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My Jeep has the stamped stainless grill guard sold just about everywhere. The only thing I didn't like about it was that it hid the classic seven slot grill. During the rebuild, I had a bright moment and decided I would try to mount he guard behind the grill. It looks much better and I still get the protection of the screen.

I'll show you Thursday.

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Say, I could have done that, too. But too much work pulling the radiator to get in in.

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Nice work, that looks very good. The one stick I stuck through the radiator came in from behind.

I drove over what I thought was a log, I then could not go forward and backed up to try again. The log came off the ground and over the top of the axle and after smashing the stock plastic tank used on YJ's drove through the radiator and grill. Some where I have a picture of it, the Jeep looked kind of like a unicorn with 5 feet of 3" log sticking out the grill. It turned out the log was really a dead tree with attached stump, that jumped up at exactly the wrong time. I am not sure anything could be done to armor against this though.

I may have to do something similar and at least get one side covered, 50% protection beats the hell out of zero.

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