I bolt the bumper back onto the truck for the next phase.
For the swing out section I opt for a two piece sleeve. The first piece is 1 1/4 inch round tubing notched at the end and welded onto the bumper.
Next I mockup where all the gear will be and take measurements.
The second piece is 1 1/2 inch round tubing slid over the 1 1/4 inch piece, cut to match. The two pieces form the hinge for the swing out, which has a very snug fit. Another 1 1/4 inch tube is cut and welded into place for the swing out's lower arm.
Last edited by safaripacific; 06-29-2009 at 03:35 PM.
I completely spaced out at this point and forgot to take more photos. After the second loop was welded on I added a small hoop to hold two fuel cans. Then I created two tabs to hold my license place. Corbin of Zebra Sports also came over and have me a hand with making mounts for the hi lift jack and a few other tid bits.
To keep things legal I had to install a license plate light. I search all over and find a small shop that makes custom LED lights.
That's amazing!! How long do you think it will take?
Roughly 2 years. But that depends on many things. Fuel availability, border crossings, natural disasters and many others. Something small and simple could keep me in one spot for a week to a month depending. That's the fun of this all, true adventure!
Originally Posted by BigRedDog
That is so freaking cool!
You have my dream job.
Its not really a job. Just a very expensive hobby...hehe. I'm working on making it my full time gig. Thinking of starting to offer fabrication services.
Where is the kitchen update? Are you worried about traveling through the ME/NA area?
Its coming. Takes a bit to organize all the photos and such. I have more that I actually post.
I'm assuming you mean Middle East and North Africa. The Middle East is more of a political news hype that whats really going on. I've talked with a few people who have traveled in Iran. One British and one American I met said they had a blast. Everyone there wanted to talk to the America of the group and invited them in to their homes for dinner. There are laws prohibiting things like western music, but everyone listens to it. The public is much different that what you see on tv around the world. North Africa is much the same. Some sketchy cities. But that's like going into down town LA, there's some parts you shouldn't go. Having said all that, there is one area I am concerned with. Colombia, and particularly the FARC and AUC guerrillas. Other travelers have passed through there with no problems at all, but that's the one place that is riding heavy on my mind. My journey through there will be different since I'm publicly displaying the trip, ie stickers, website. Do some research on the FARC and AUC then you'll see why.