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I went to a few welders today to have my front spring mounts fabbed and welded on for when I install my Chevy's, but ran into some problems. The first guy I talked to wanted like $250 for the job, just to cut out perches from box tube and weld them on. Another guy wanted like $150, which is way better, but still seems high to me. Since I can't do this kind of work, I am not sure how long this kind of job would actually take, but it seems like they may be pulling my leg? One welder said he would not do it unless he could install the springs at the same time to ensure the were safe, or something like that, which is understandable, but c'mon! Help?
 

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Originally posted by crawlintoy:
<STRONG>I am not sure how long this kind of job would actually take {snip}</STRONG>
<font color="yellow">An afternoon.

It sounds like one of you POR boys in CA needs to let this feller come on over to your place some time... I'm sure he'd be grateful, in that <IMG SRC="smilies/beer.gif" border="0"> kind of way. <IMG SRC="smilies/wink.gif" border="0"></font>
 

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Custom mounts Fabbed AND welded on? By a professional welding shop? $150.00
is a steal! I assume you are pulling the fuel tank yourself. Go for it! <IMG SRC="smilies/smile.gif" border="0">
 

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Try Try Try, go to Wal mart and buy a 4 1/2 angle grinder, Should cost $25 for a cheap one, but a bunch of zip cuts (cut off wheels) there are $1.50 each. Buy a face shield, ear muffs, and some welding gloves. All of this is cheap. Also buy a 1/2 inch drill, a cheap one is $40 also buy a 9/16 (I think) drill bit. Then go to a industrial store that sells steel. Buy a 10 inch piece of scrap 3.5 x 3.5 x 1/4 square tube for about $5. Then go cut your own mounts, it is really easy. If you screw up go buy another 10 inch piece. Just don't twist the blade when cutting with the grinder, hold it steady. Then you have all these great tools left over. Where I live there are mobile welding trucks (industrial town). If you have the tank out and the mounts clamped in position, with the metal where the weld will go ground to bare steel, it should only take the guy five minutes to lay the beads and grind off the slag. Half hour tops for the guy to set up and do the work. Where I live the rate is $35 CDN cash or $70 CDN on the level per hour and that includes consumables.
Just try it yourself first, if you still can't do it, then pay out. If you have any trouble, e mail me and I'll send pics.

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Or he can get really brave and buy a welder and do it himself. <IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0"> Like me. <IMG SRC="smilies/clown.gif" border="0">
 

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'K' maybee I'm stupid but wont 91 toy mounts work if they are spread out just a little since the chevs are 2.5 wide and toy is what 2.25 wide. then yea I bought my 240 lincoln welder for 200+$ and did mine for all-pro springs. Drop a post for welding help in your town in general and in wanted. Pay em a 24pack of <IMG SRC="smilies/beer.gif" border="0"> and learn something too.
 

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It sounds like one of you POR boys in CA needs to let this feller come on over to your place some time...
Palm Springs is Bender country, not POR country <IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0"> <IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0"> <IMG SRC="smilies/usa.gif" border="0"> <IMG SRC="smilies/usa.gif" border="0">
 

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GAWD don't go to a bender. He'll laugh at ya and tell you he wants to build you a real rear suspention and do it too. They only do shit the right way. <IMG SRC="smilies/rasta.gif" border="0"> <IMG SRC="smilies/eyemouth.gif" border="0">
 

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Originally posted by MEK:
<STRONG>Try Try Try, go to Wal mart and buy a 4 1/2 angle grinder, Should cost $25 for a cheap one, but a bunch of zip cuts (cut off wheels) there are $1.50 each. Buy a face shield, ear muffs, and some welding gloves. All of this is cheap. Also buy a 1/2 inch drill, a cheap one is $40 also buy a 9/16 (I think) drill bit. Then go to a industrial store that sells steel. Buy a 10 inch piece of scrap 3.5 x 3.5 x 1/4 square tube for about $5. Then go cut your own mounts, it is really easy. If you screw up go buy another 10 inch piece. Just don't twist the blade when cutting with the grinder, hold it steady. Then you have all these great tools left over. Where I live there are mobile welding trucks (industrial town). If you have the tank out and the mounts clamped in position, with the metal where the weld will go ground to bare steel, it should only take the guy five minutes to lay the beads and grind off the slag. Half hour tops for the guy to set up and do the work. Where I live the rate is $35 CDN cash or $70 CDN on the level per hour and that includes consumables.
Just try it yourself first, if you still can't do it, then pay out. If you have any trouble, e mail me and I'll send pics.

Mike.</STRONG>
I went to the pawn shop to get my angle grinder to make my chevy spring mounts. $50 for a 6" porter cable. Makes sanding things easy too. I had mine welded on by Scott at Rockstomper. Do the cuttin yourself.

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The welding by itself takes only about a 1/2hr. Buy the shit, and build your own mounts. You should Know how to at least do this kind of work sooner or later, if your gonna wheel very often. <IMG SRC="smilies/rolleyes.gif" border="0"> I didnt pull my tank, I just had the outside 3 sides welded very well by a good welder (for free, sorry, get into this stuff more and you'll make friends that can help you out), thats more weld than Toyota put on the stock mounts, and will hold fine. Just find someone local that will do the welding as a side job, for some <IMG SRC="smilies/beer.gif" border="0"> , or a minimal fee. <IMG SRC="smilies/thefinger.gif" border="0"> <IMG SRC="smilies/thefinger.gif" border="0">
 

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I like to do as much as possible myself, and I know how to do engine work and stuff like that, but I have no experience metal fabbing at all. I welded the exhaust on my Jeep, but they weren't the cleanest welds and I don't really want to experiment with suspension mounts. <IMG SRC="smilies/jeep1.gif" border="0"> About buying my own tools and making the brackets myself, I'm gonna do that. That'd be alot better. This may sound dumb, but how do you hold the metal steady when cutting? Vise? I was trying to learn how to weld a while back, but I don't know many people that know how to weld, and it is not offered at the college I'm going to. Also, people keep saying 3.5" box tube, is that inside or outside diameter? The spring is only about 3" wide, why so wide a mount? The internal measurement for the Chevy shackle is about 3" wide, so why 3.5"? BTW, thanks for the info, helps alot. <IMG SRC="smilies/wink.gif" border="0">
 

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Originally posted by GRABBER:
<STRONG>I didnt pull my tank, I just had the outside 3 sides welded very well by a good welder </STRONG>
...That's what I had done too... There was also a hole in the center of the bottom of one spring hanger (Meh. <IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0">), and he filled that too. I don't think it's going anywhere any time soon. <IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0">
 
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