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80 series Land Cruiser Mini Build Thread

Discussion in 'Other Toyota Vehicles' started by Kwikvette, Feb 5, 2022.

  1. Jun 10, 2022 at 6:54 PM
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    Due to conflicting schedules with multiple friends, today's shakedown run didn't go as planned.

    Decided to take a moment to pull the rear bumper.

    Although it's a fairly simple job, like on any Toyota, the one thing that gave me anxiety was the mess of wires I was anticipating.

    I'll skip the in-between shots and just post the end result; yep wires galore!

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    More wiring I still had to yank out.

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    All naked in the rear.

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    In case anyone was wondering, I pulled the factory bumper off cause I plan on making my own rear bumper.

    Here's what over 150lbs of steel looks like.

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    All cut up in various lengths per my request, mainly cause I don't own a plasma cutter yet and didn't want to do long cuts myself.

    3', 5', and even 8' long sections, and it's all 3/16" so it'll be plenty strong.
     
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  2. Aug 3, 2022 at 10:02 PM
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    Haven't made too much progress, on account that I've been really busy in prioritizing with other things.

    So, before I could get started I needed to get a rough idea for my dimensions.

    Enter CAD!

    Cardboard aided design :laughing:

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    I do plan to fully wrap the sides of the bumper up to the rear of the tire, but I think it's best I focus more on that after I get the "base" done first.

    Got started with cutting down some of my 6' panels down to 45 15/16". One piece is 5 1/2" x 3/16" (rear face) and the second is 6" x 3/16" (top).

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    At the same time, I removed these pieces which are my spare tire carrier...and some weird bar that's solid and heavy, but too thin to act like a crossmember brace.

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    I will say, it did free up quite a bit of room underneath.

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    I did this because I plan to integrate a tow hitch with my bumper. But for safety reasons, I need the space between the frame rails in order to reinforce the tow hitch and tie it all in.

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    Just need to cut these down to size, and get 15 degree cuts on them. They're 2" square tubing by 3/16".

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    Since I'm not a huge fan of the hitch sticking out of a custom bumper, much less sitting flush with the face of the bumper, I'm going to make a small cut out and have the area somewhat recessed. Need to take into account the stock crossmember as I'll be cutting into that too.

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    Shortly after, my weld-in anchor mounts arrived. They're freaking beefy!

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    Just a quick mock-up, supervisor watching over me.

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    And though it may seem like I've made some progress, these pictures were taken over the course of a couple of weeks. It wouldn't normally take me this long but I don't own a bandsaw or circular saw for cutting metal. I've yet to buy one as other things have been priority.

    I did start with cutting into the face of the rear bumper though, but that's because I've got my plasma cutter.

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    @Kwikvette, really appreciate your hard work. Your determination has paid off - beautiful rig and thoughtful build. Much respect for those that make this work look easy. Thanks for taking the time to share.
     
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    Love this thread. Big ups man.
     
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  5. Aug 4, 2022 at 12:05 PM
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    Thank you guys for the kind words!

    Just got home to another package; this thing is beefy!

    4XInnovations swingout spindle kit.

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    Issue is, I forgot to order a latch.

    I'll shop around for one I like I guess. More options depending how I'd like to lock it in place.
     
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  6. Aug 6, 2022 at 5:22 PM
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    Spent a few minutes on the bumper.

    Not doing any hard work on account that my back has been keeping me in bed lately.

    Took the pieces I cut and laid them out to verify lengths.

    That and marked all I'll have to cut from the crossmember.

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    I had marked where I planned to put the recovery point so I thought I'd look to see where that falls with the face in place.

    The 5" by 6" plate clamped on the side needs to get 2 holes drilled out. Those will hold the assembly against the vehicle once the major parts are tacked together.

    Only thing is I lack a drill press and still need a saw.

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    Also tacked these small pieces from some 1" wide stock I got. They're what's going to set back the hitch from the bumper as I don't want a flush look.

    The marked plate needs to have a 2 1/2" square cut out to act as the rear face behind and around the hitch.

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    Bad ass. Killer work, and killer rig.
     
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  8. Aug 6, 2022 at 10:13 PM
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    Thanks!

    I just need to cut out a notch from my crossmember and weld up the hitch to the rear face.

    Once that's done, I can start tacking up the top with the rear face and the sides together. From there, it'll be easier to figure out how I'll do the sides now that my spindle is here.

    That and I can re-measure the length and angles needed for the square tubing I'll tie the hitch into.
     
  9. Aug 6, 2022 at 10:37 PM
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    Fun thread!! Thanks for posting updates!
     
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  10. Aug 7, 2022 at 11:39 AM
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    Thank you!

    Got a graduation party to go to a little later but thought I'd finish something today.

    I wasted way too much time on something that was an aesthetic thought; hoping it pays off once I have it all welded together later.

    I'm not fond of a large smooth surface, and wanted to break that up by having the hitch sit inward.

    With the need to cut a 2 1/2" square hole out of a 3 1/2" by 4" piece, I figured I'd use my Milwaukee mini cut-off tool instead of my plasma cutter or angle grinder.

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    Came out better than I had hoped really.

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    Next was ensuring all my pieces I've cut and tacked so far fit.

    So far so good.

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    And this is what I meant about breaking up that smooth surface.

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    It's super hot out so I'm not sure I'll do any real work today. That and the bending over is hurting my back.

    Until next time!
     
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    Glued some metal together.

    First, I put on that 1" all around spacer that's clamped in the picture above.

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    Getting the face I cut out for the hitch was slightly difficult in ensuring I had it squared against the hitch. Though by putting it together, it's easier to gauge if it's square or not once on the bumper face.

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    Once I was happy with how level and square it was in relation to the bumper, I burned it all together.

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    Here's the end result.

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    I may take a die grinder to the lip that sticks out just below the hitch, but painted black and having a swingout on it may just divert the eyes away from the hitch where you won't notice it anyway :notsure:
     
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  12. Aug 9, 2022 at 11:58 AM
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    Well, this is what I get for saving $10.

    The hitch receiver I'm using was originally intended for the 4Runner I used to have. I thought nothing of the length and went with it.

    Today, I figured I'd do some drawing up (back's killing me) since I can do that at my bench.

    With the face done, it's easier to visualize what I want to do as far as support.

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    Getting the right angle and measurements is important so I mocked up my frame rails; they're 2 1/8" wide rectangular tubing.

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    For maintaining some structural integrity, I intended to use the inside bolt holes that were used for the spare tire carrier.

    Here's the issue, the closest bolt holes are located quite a bit off of where the square tubing support would land. This would mean, whatever plates I use between the frame rails would need to be at least 11 1/2" long.

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    Makes no sense to use this method.

    I could do one of two things:

    1. continue with the above support tubing, and weld plates on the ends of them, and weld those to the inside of the frame rails

    2. run square tubing for the total width between the frame rails, weld plates on each end, and bolt those into place all while welding the end of the hitch to the newly formed crossmember

    I do like option 1, but that means I'll have to deal with more of a hassle with cutting stuff off that's close to the crossmember.
     
  13. Aug 16, 2022 at 7:51 PM
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    Bumper build goes on long pauses on account of my personal health issues.

    If you take a close look at the open area around the hitch, I had some 'overlap' I wanted to get rid of. So I went out to HF and got myself a small die grinder.

    Die grinders are pretty basic, so I didn't care to get a nice one but figured the medium used was important so I got myself a Champion burr bit.

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    Put it to work, and holy shit it made a difference...at least in my eyes.

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    The next big step is to notch the crossmember, which I'm sure I mentioned, but won't be doing anytime soon yet. I do need to drill some plates as well as most of this needs to be a bolt-on application until it becomes permanent.

    For that, I got a drill press that I just picked up today.

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    And the last of my goods needed for my swingout are here.

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    Buddy came by to hang out, which motivated me to get some stuff done.

    First things first, preparation.

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    Expose some bare metal cause you know, plasma cutting. Got a fireproof welding blanket draped too just in case.

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    Being thin, the plasma cutter easily slices through this at 33amps. Though I did wonder why I had to pry this off at first...

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    It's double stacked.

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    There was also the pain in the ass part of getting the metal behind the other side cut.

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    Got through it well enough though.

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    Just need to drill and slot the holes for the side panels but after that, I can basically tack up the top, front, and sides together.

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    Thinking I may put some work into it tomorrow morning if I finish up the side brackets today.

    Definitely some progress made.

    Random pic my friend took of me in action.

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    Love, and hate this thread.

    I’m super jelly, and would LOVE to have a 80 in the shop I could work on, and thrash.
    Good shit mate,… it’s going to be a blast.
     
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    Thanks!

    With an upcoming wedding that's been planned for well over a year, I've got less and less time to get stuff done.

    Once I really tack things together to make the base of the bumper, I can start cutting out the wings.
     
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    If you haven't decided yet I would not weld to the frame. Frames are generally tempered.
     
  18. Aug 28, 2022 at 5:47 PM
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    Well I ordered an Evo saw last night, so that will deal with getting the correct angles cut.

    I'll cut square tubing, welded onto "plates" that'll bolt into the factory holes.
     
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    That sounds like a good plan. I was a welder/fabricator for 8 or so years. Built a handful of bumpers, headache racks and flatbeds as side work but mainly did structural/architectural stuff. I actually just finished putting a flatbed on my OBS Ford and did essentially what you are doing and made plates that bolted to existing holes in the pickup frame and welded to the full length runners of the flatbed.
     
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    Fabricator here as well, but mainly dealt with making tables, grills, benches, light poles, and other stuff for cities, counties, and parks.

    Physical disability has made me change jobs so all I do now is MIG/TIG weld for production.

    Anyway going back, making it more bolt-on friendly means more work which I'm ok with, just hate how little time I have when I am feeling ok.
     
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    My buddies come to hang out and motivate me to start drinkin'. You got cool buddies.
     
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    With my back feeling significantly better, I thought I'd spend a little time on the LC.

    First off, getting things clamped into place left me with larger than usual gaps which meant...a bit more trimming.

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    Easy solution was, trim only a tiny bit, and flip the face upside down.

    Much better fitment.

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    But I couldn't move forward until I remedied the side plates. The holes I had drilled were over 1/4" off so I simply widened all the holes into slots.

    Then there was the issue of the factory bolts easily sliding into those slots so I made these sort of "spacers" to clamp the sides down properly.

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    I may just weld a larger plate to the side plate to utilize larger washers for more surface contact.

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    I hate the curves in the crossmember, but I've dealt with larger gaps in various MIG jobs so this is no sweat for me.

    Brought out the welder to get it tacked up.

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    Base of my swingout is nearly done which is a huge step forward to creating the bottom paneling as well as getting an idea for tying in the swingout.

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    Since it's bare metal, it'll sit in the garage for the meanwhile. My 'scrap' table really comes in handy for the most random things.

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    Little more mocking up.

    Initially, I had this as an idea to start the wings.

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    But it made more sense to taper it this way it's less prone to catching on things.

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    Just a very generic mock-up here, giving me an idea of how big this will turn out to be.

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    No side tracking though. I need to finish the wing and figure out bracing in the event of any side hits.

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    Thinking of adding some gusseting between the side plate and top plate (underneath). Then run some flat stock towards the frame rails and mount it to the factory holes in there.
     
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    Adding a little progress.

    After figuring out the general idea for my wings, I thought I'd get some metal cut to get a good idea of fitment.

    Here you'll see I've taken the cardboard templates and transferred them onto steel. 3' long piece of steel and I'm going to have an oddly shaped plate left over after these are cut.

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    Not worried about messing up though, as I got plenty of extra steel next to me. That tall one is over 5.5' of the same stuff I've got on my small table.

    Still need to figure out what to do with the wider sheet behind it. It's 1/4" thick at 4' tall so it's a good 50-60lbs.

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    Was really happy with how the first one turned out. Not bad since all I'm using is angle iron clamped down as a guide for the straight cuts.

    Curves done freehand all with my plasma cutter.

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    Here's both cut out. I left some excess in key areas on purpose so I can shape them down as I please with my angle grinder.

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    Keeping the two clamped together so they both become mirror images of each other.

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    Starting to really take shape!

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    On a slightly unrelated note, that 1/4" steel was just used yesterday to make a stand for my small cold-cut saw.

    It used to be 5' long until I hacked part of it off for a 'top'. This thing weighed over 80lbs by itself.

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    There's that angle again making a special guest appearance.

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    Cut some legs out of extra square tubing I've got; love the finish cold-cut saws provide. Weld-ready even...

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    Getting it squared and tacked up.

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    Until it's time to burn it all in.

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    Here's how it sits currently.

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    I have casters I plan to weld in place, as well as a handle so I can tilt it back and move around the same way you would a dolly.

    Only related to my build because every time I use my saw, I have to grab it and put it on my welding table or smaller catch-all table. Really annoying not having a dedicated stand for it.

    Will be really useful for when I need to cut some square tubing for the swingout.
     
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    With the major shape of the wings cut out, it was time to revise the other templates and get ready for cutting.

    Here's how it'll look.

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    Time to transfer it to my steel plate.

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    Front of the wings really looking good.

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    The wrap was looking good too and really tying things in.

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    Got the bottom panels cut.

    Laid it all out as it's really starting to look like a kit at this point.

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    Mocking up one side.

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    Next I'll have to weld up the base of the bumper before I get into tacking the wings together.

    I'll have to figure out mounting for the wings to the frame rails, not to mention gusseting.
     
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    Continued progress.

    Rather than expose bare metal on the crossmember again, I just wedged a 3" wide, 1/8" thick flat stock to act both as my ground, and spacer to prevent it from closing up.

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    Little clean up which is ironic in that, I got a cold cut saw to prevent metal dust, but here I am with multiple angle grinders cleaning up welds.

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    Not sure where my jackstands were so I had to improvise.

    Here's the mock up on the vehicle so far.

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    For the one or two members that look at my thread :laughing:

    Little more progress; quite a bit more actually.

    Rather than continuing to mock things up with the use of magnets and figuring other parts out, I thought I'd just tack it up and get ready for welding.

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    Just getting here makes a real difference in fitting up the remaining parts mainly because I don't have to continuously mount and dismount my bumper.

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    Moving forward is where the real work out begins.

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    So glad for my chiropractor since I wouldn't have been able to do any of these 3 weeks ago. I'm constantly having to move and flip this thing.

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    With seams welded in specific key areas, it was time to let it cool down a bit.

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    Made several exterior welds, long single beads really.

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    Plan for the exterior is to smooth out any and all corners as well as areas where parts meet.

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    There's quite a bit more to weld and grind, but today was really productive so far.

    Will continue later this week before my back starts flaring up.

    Enjoy!
     
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    Looks good man! I finished up my flatbed install today. Added some 3/8 flatbar welded to the bed rails and used existing holes in the frame to bolt to. All the welds were inverted up hill which kinda sucked but it came out good. And it was muggy as hell here today so I was wearing a t shirt and destroyed my arms with spatter. I guess I will never learn.
     
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  29. Sep 22, 2022 at 11:47 AM
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    Appreciate it!

    I definitely understand doing shit out of position; it's a constant thing especially when moving larger assemblies more than two-three times for the perfect angle gets old.

    Unlike work, I was able to weld all this with my right hand :laughing:

    Just got done with my exterior welds and blending.

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    Looks good from a distance I think.

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