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Where to find scrap metal?

Just wondering where some of you find material to fabricate things like bumpers, tire carriers, repair panels, etc. Buying the pieces at Home Depot or the like seems kinda pricey. I haven't spoken to any local scrap dealers yet but will, if that seems the route to go. Thank,

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Re: Where to find scrap metal?

Scrap dealers, junkyards, machine shops, garages, piles beside people's houses, transfer stations, advertisements, abandoned factories, local public works department, clubs, and friends. Sometimes you get a deal, sometimes you don't when it's a specific piece of metal you're looking for. My Scrambler bed used to be part of a floor at a factory, they removed the diamondplating when they retooled. Got a 4'x10'x1/8" piece for $30, it weighed about 350 pounds and was a PITA to get into the back of the truck.

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Re: Where to find scrap metal?

scrap dealers are a good start. new steel isn't that expensive compared to home-depot. also try local welding shops, sheetmetal shops, machine shops. tell them what you are doing, ask if they have any scrap you can dig through and how much they would want for the parts. you may get lucky and find someone that will give it to you. hope this helps! matt

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Re: Where to find scrap metal?

Look in the yellow pages under "steel". Mine comes from a distributor; they sell bulk to large contractors and have a section of their yard that is all scrap, sorted flat, angle, c-channel, tube, etc. in various random lengths. It's all sold by the pound, currently 28 cents per.

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I always hit the places that JEEPN mentioned.......almost in that order.[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/laugh.gif[/img] You should be able to find what you need without buying new.


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Re: Where to find scrap metal?

THere is a steel recycler in the Charlotte area that I go to to buy all my steel. They have new and "used" steel. Used stuff is stuff that may have been new stuff that they cut and just left out on the outside racks to rust. I just bought over 200 lbs of steel for the whopping price of $36. 100 lbs went to my front bumper and winch mount and the other 100 will be a rear bumper for my Jeep with swingaway tire carrier (BEEFY) and some 1/4"+ angle iron that I bought for my girlfriend's Jeep for a rear bumper/step.

Look at "Steel, Used" in the phone book or do a search online. I'm sure you have a recycler near you.

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