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Old 04-09-2018, 08:27 PM   #76 (permalink)
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Nice work. What size radiator do you plan on running?
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Old 04-10-2018, 05:13 AM   #77 (permalink)
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dude... kick ass build
Indeed.


I'm curious what kind of prep you do on the tubing for such pretty welds. Correct me if I'm wrong, they appear to be MIG welds, but I don't see even the slightest evidence of spatter...anywhere. I'm a decent welder, but I can't ever run that clean. I also haven't ever spent a tremendous amount of time prepping, cleaning the metal beforehand. Is that the secret?

What's your secret?

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Old 04-10-2018, 08:14 PM   #78 (permalink)
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I'm curious what kind of prep you do on the tubing for such pretty welds. Correct me if I'm wrong, they appear to be MIG welds, but I don't see even the slightest evidence of spatter...anywhere. I'm a decent welder, but I can't ever run that clean. I also haven't ever spent a tremendous amount of time prepping, cleaning the metal beforehand. Is that the secret?

What's your secret?
Don't know if it helps, but I lightly spray a rag and wipe down my chassis every other day or so to combat rust. When it comes time to weld I pretty much just prep my joint and joint only. As you probably know gun angle play a HUGE role in spatter and also your heat. If I do a bunch of welding where a corner pocket is involved, I'll weld everything but the corner and let everything cool completely before going back and welding the corner. The little bit of spatter I do get I knock off with a cold chisel instead of grabbing the grinder. Don't waste your time with the Anti Spatter sold at the hardware stores We use some stuff at work that actually works really good, I'll try and remember to take a pic tomorrow. Hopefully that helps
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Old 04-10-2018, 09:13 PM   #79 (permalink)
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Don't know if it helps, but I lightly spray a rag and wipe down my chassis every other day or so to combat rust.
Get yourself some Gibbs oil. Quick wipe on bare metal and forget about it. You can weld right over it, doesn't affect the weld at all. You can paint over it too. It's good shit.

I didn't truly believe the "you can weld over it" part, so I soaked two pieces of metal and instantly hit it with the MIG. I'm a believer now.

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Old 04-11-2018, 09:15 AM   #80 (permalink)
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gt1guy may be correct, but I'm curious..

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...but I lightly spray a rag and...
What do you spray that rag with?


Thanks for the reply. I love the build - watching closely, and making notes.
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Old 04-11-2018, 06:54 PM   #81 (permalink)
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gt1guy may be correct, but I'm curious..



What do you spray that rag with?


Thanks for the reply. I love the build - watching closely, and making notes.
Would help if i actually said WD40. When I say light, I mean extremely light. make sure to remove all glisten where you intend to weld.
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Old 04-12-2018, 06:07 AM   #82 (permalink)
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Would help if i actually said WD40. When I say light, I mean extremely light. make sure to remove all glisten where you intend to weld.
Got it. I use WD on my welding table (in my often-too-humid garage) when I'll be away from it for more than a day or two. Given gt1's suggestion and comments about weld-ability of Gibbs, though, I may give that a try, as well.
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Old 04-14-2018, 09:39 AM   #83 (permalink)
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Still waiting on some parts to show up so keeping my hands busy with probably the least important thing possible... A new steering wheel Made My last one about 3 years ago when bored on Summer vacation from school and was pretty happy with the way it turned out. However, since then I've definitely grown as a "Fabricator" and figured I'd retire the OG wheel as wall art and whip up something new. And just to clear things up, it was made entirely with a step bit and cut-off wheel. Literally about as simple of tools as you can get.

First, here's the Anti-spatter we use at work and its hands down the best I've used.

[IMG]IMG_20180413_152241825 by Alex Velasquez, on Flickr[/IMG]

My grandpa was cleaning some stuff out of his garage and came across a sheet of 4130 and asked if I wanted it, that's what sparked the new wheel idea haha

[IMG]IMG_20180410_172104238 by Alex Velasquez, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]IMG_20180411_120224907 by Alex Velasquez, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]IMG_20180411_120154282 by Alex Velasquez, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]IMG_20180411_120201100 by Alex Velasquez, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]IMG_20180411_120146834 by Alex Velasquez, on Flickr[/IMG]

First pass on the main spokes.

[IMG]IMG_20180411_120827325 by Alex Velasquez, on Flickr[/IMG]
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Old 04-14-2018, 09:51 AM   #84 (permalink)
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Trying to get better at a weave so figured why not. Definitely shaky and no "weld porn", but it was worth a shot haha

[IMG]IMG_20180411_122148083 by Alex Velasquez, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]IMG_20180411_122159601 by Alex Velasquez, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]IMG_20180411_122232770 by Alex Velasquez, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]IMG_20180411_122215941 by Alex Velasquez, on Flickr[/IMG]

Scotch brite to dull it up and started laying out the slots

[IMG]IMG_20180411_164326765 by Alex Velasquez, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]IMG_20180411_165322695 by Alex Velasquez, on Flickr[/IMG]

A lot of file and Dremel work

[IMG]IMG_20180411_170746298 by Alex Velasquez, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]IMG_20180411_173807285 by Alex Velasquez, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]IMG_20180411_174126924 by Alex Velasquez, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]IMG_20180411_175142706_HDR by Alex Velasquez, on Flickr[/IMG]

Old wheel measured out to 13.50" diameter, while the new one I built to 13.00" even. The new one also was made with more offset to the hub.
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My first thought was "who the fuck makes a steering wheel?"

My second thought was "Damn, that looks sweet".

Nice job.
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Gonna be honest. Never seen that.
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Old 04-14-2018, 03:12 PM   #87 (permalink)
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Gonna be honest. Never seen that.
Hopefully not in a bad way
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My first thought was "who the fuck makes a steering wheel?"

My second thought was "Damn, that looks sweet".

Nice job.
also saw the first picture and thought "who the F makes a steering wheel...."

and yeh thats fricken awesome, how are you planning on wrapping it?

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Old 04-15-2018, 04:30 AM   #89 (permalink)
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Naw its rad dude.

Add it to the list of things I wanna build
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Old 04-15-2018, 08:45 AM   #90 (permalink)
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I was on the fence with wrapping in wood or G10, but settled on wood. I figured its timeless and I'm a big fan of a darker wood like walnut and brass pins for contrast.
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Old 04-16-2018, 05:08 PM   #91 (permalink)
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That steering wheel is pimp.
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Old 04-16-2018, 06:04 PM   #92 (permalink)
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Spent some time mounting the grill and starting to fit fenders. Plan is to have fenders be a part of the chassis welded to the firewall hoop and some supports off the shock hoops. On my old jeep the fenders and grill hoop/winch mount were all one unit. It worked pretty good, but was kind of a hassle when you need to pull the winch off or even just wanted to remove a fender you had to pull everything off making it a two man job. The plan this time around is to make just the grill hoop removable to made pulling the motor easier in the future.

[IMG]IMG_20180416_115740039 by Alex Velasquez, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]IMG_20180416_122108099 by Alex Velasquez, on Flickr[/IMG]

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[IMG]IMG_20180416_130213465 by Alex Velasquez, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]IMG_20180416_130700872 by Alex Velasquez, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]IMG_20180416_133950413_HDR by Alex Velasquez, on Flickr[/IMG]

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Old 04-16-2018, 11:36 PM   #93 (permalink)
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fab work looks great, I have to say though that while I understand using that style of Warn on an old CJ its causing to major issues. 1) it looks to be blocking almost all the airflow through the grill. 2) and most importantly, its blocking our view of that beautiful grill.
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Old 04-17-2018, 06:27 AM   #94 (permalink)
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Old 04-17-2018, 07:34 PM   #95 (permalink)
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The air flow is my biggest concern, but I'm not giving up the upright Much more than just a look for me and with the terrain I'm building the rig for I really don't want to sacrifice neither line speed nor line capacity. I really hate running up on the cable mid hill when gaining traction and having to stop.
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Old 04-19-2018, 05:28 AM   #96 (permalink)
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The quality of work on this thing is insane. Just what i needed to get me back wrenching on my junk. Love the progress and attention to detail. Keep it up
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Old 04-22-2018, 09:21 PM   #97 (permalink)
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Put in some more shop time this weekend working on tying fenders into chassis and lowering the winch to hopefully help the airflow concern.

[IMG]IMG_20180418_181658090 by Alex Velasquez, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]IMG_20180418_182018741 by Alex Velasquez, on Flickr[/IMG]

When I first built the fenders, I made the side panels removable to make getting to the bolts that tied into firewall easier. Since they are now gonna be a part of the chassis decided to ditch the removable idea and just stitch some new sides on.

[IMG]IMG_20180421_112558639 by Alex Velasquez, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]IMG_20180421_112543830 by Alex Velasquez, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]IMG_20180421_112535048 by Alex Velasquez, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]IMG_20180422_093256669 by Alex Velasquez, on Flickr[/IMG]

Cut out the little gusset and realized it looked like shit so made a new one.

[IMG]IMG_20180422_093238829 by Alex Velasquez, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]IMG_20180422_094821497 by Alex Velasquez, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]IMG_20180422_100247559 by Alex Velasquez, on Flickr[/IMG]

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Then the whole winch lowering cluster [email protected]!#... Absolute pain in the ass.

Ultimately, I didn't want to extend the front frame rails any farther forward because I like the idea on of driving up a straight ledge. When it came time to cutting it was very tedious and tried my best to make it not look like an after thought. I guess the pics will tell the story better, let me know what you guys think.

[IMG]IMG_20180422_102549954 by Alex Velasquez, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]IMG_20180422_103813855 by Alex Velasquez, on Flickr[/IMG]

Had to push forward slightly to clear ram so notch tube and grafted in winch plate.

[IMG]IMG_20180422_111820987 by Alex Velasquez, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]IMG_20180422_112444007 by Alex Velasquez, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]IMG_20180422_113819785 by Alex Velasquez, on Flickr[/IMG]

Back side of notched tube around winch plate. (Can't stand uncapped ends even if they're hidden)

[IMG]IMG_20180422_115231947 by Alex Velasquez, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]IMG_20180422_120344402 by Alex Velasquez, on Flickr[/IMG]

Best part of the day was when I was starting to get irritated and my mom swung by out of nowhere and surprised me with food "I know you won't stop to eat when working on this thing."

[IMG]IMG_20180422_173453710 by Alex Velasquez, on Flickr[/IMG]
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[IMG]IMG_20180422_131719571_HDR by Alex Velasquez, on Flickr[/IMG]

Then I started to clearance front xmbr/core support and totally forgot to take any more pictures.

[IMG]IMG_20180422_134605725 by Alex Velasquez, on Flickr[/IMG]

More or less laid the winch in there to get an overall width and just started trimming away till she fit.
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All said and done I was able to lower the winch 3" and didn't have to extend the rails at all. Plan to turn some slugs and make my tow points at the ends of the front rails.

[IMG]IMG_20180422_180220530 by Alex Velasquez, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]IMG_20180422_180128783 by Alex Velasquez, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]IMG_20180422_181113498 by Alex Velasquez, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]IMG_20180422_181357974 by Alex Velasquez, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]IMG_20180422_181336145 by Alex Velasquez, on Flickr[/IMG]

Some pics to get an idea of overall size, pretty small still.

[IMG]IMG_20180422_182204660 by Alex Velasquez, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]IMG_20180422_184246651 by Alex Velasquez, on Flickr[/IMG]
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