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Old 07-23-2009
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After creating the support arm I start on a mount. A larger diameter square tube is used inside the stove to keep the stove from rocking side to side.




A 4 inch by 4 inch plate is welded onto the tubing.




Everything is slid into place.




Do keep the whole stove arm from flopping around the end of the swing gate is notched a quarter inch.

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The reverse notch is cut on a larger diameter tube and welded on the stove support arm.




Refitting everything I drill holes and place the mount and cut a hole in the rear of the stove.






As a test I pace a pot full of water on the stove.

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if the stove gets bumped or leaned on enough to slide the stove arm support rail out a little bit so that the notch is no longer making contact will that allow the stove to tip over and dump whatever you have on it? perhaps your cam lock could be utilized to lock the stove arm support in place as well.
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god damn this is turning out awesome! The hell with rv's.. u got a tent with almost 200HP haha
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This build is amazing.
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Just checked out your website. What you're doing is awesome and I find it more awesome you chose a ranger as your base vehicle. How has the truck been for you on the trip reliability wise?
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I thought I recognized this truck

AT FlipPac

Nice demo
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I love your work.
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if the stove gets bumped or leaned on enough to slide the stove arm support rail out a little bit so that the notch is no longer making contact will that allow the stove to tip over and dump whatever you have on it? perhaps your cam lock could be utilized to lock the stove arm support in place as well.

My posts are a bit out of whack at the moment, but is this what you mean?

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I'm skipping ahead here. The stove arm isn't completed as of yet.


On to the body protection. I'm not going to go crazy here, just something simple. With the same material used for the bumper I cut two pieces to length.




Then I cut an angle on one end for tire clearance.




The angled ends get closed off by welding a fitted plate.




Next the welds get ground smooth.

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Using the hydraulic lift I position one side at the correct slope.




Then I tack weld into place and repeat on the other side.




Next I create a plate to cover the corner. I use a die grinder to make inside cuts allowing me to bend easily.




After clamping in place I start welding.

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After the seams are welded up I create top and bottom parts, which are also welded on.




Once both corners are finished they get ground down for smooth edges.




Next a coat of paint gets slapped on.



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Now the bumper's major components are done. Mounts for a fuel can, shovel, an ax and the stove arm are still needed.


You can see now I have very good departure clearance.

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is it just me or is there only one shock in that last picture? did i miss something in the build up?
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is it just me or is there only one shock in that last picture? did i miss something in the build up?
Nope, you didn't miss anything. I had to modify the frame and create new shock mounting points. That's because the bed's front support ended up right on the old shock tower. I still have some additional frame modification to complete, so I haven't posted any of that portion yet. I'm trying to keep the build posts somewhat organized.
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your truck is sick, i want to see it in person
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wow looks good
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As always your work is simply amazing!
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lookin so good
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Thanks everyone!

I've been on vacation for the past month, mostly because its way to hot to work in the shop through August with no AC. Like an oven at 120+ degrees...

I'm back from vacation now and its back to getting more posts up...


Although the lower portion of the bumper was built a few years ago, I've decided to keep it and built on additions. Here's an old photo during early construction.




First things first. Adding a brush guard that will follow the existing contour. Starting with measuring the old main tubing. I cut another similar sized tubing. The length is a few feel longer to accommodate the bends.




With a manual tubing bender I duplicate the curves. I use two pieces of strap bolted together to replicate the angles.




Then place double check my bends. After the angles are correct I measure how high the brush guard will be then calculate where the bends need to start.

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With the help of my dad, we square up the tubing so it will bend correctly. Once aligned I make the bends.




Next I dry fit the brush guard where I want it to be. Then measure where the excess material will be trimmed off.




Using a sturdy metal table I square up the guard and make cut marks.




Then I grind off paint on the old bumper where the brush guard will be welded. I use a welding blanked to protect the truck's body.

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I then tack weld the upper loop into place and create the middle supports.




After tacking everything in place I weld everything up.




A few days later I decided to paint the grill after I painted the bumper. The shinny grill didn't look good with the bumper being black.




Also I welded on a tab for a whip antenna. The antenna is the right height of the AT Flippac. So I'll hit the antenna before I hit the camper.




Then I too a bit of a poser shot once I was finished.

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god ur work is soo nice and clean.. Truck looks amazing still!
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Nice work!! Can't wait to see this beast in the jungle or something.
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