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Discussion in 'Offroad Projects' started by RockRanger, February 12, 2014.

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    1. RockRanger

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      Yeah parts get around. I use to have a seat from RangerX's truck at one point in this truck.

      Started on my new center console. I took measurements from my old wood one and made adjustments to it. Then I drew up the pieces on the computer and cut it on my plasma table.

      [​IMG]center by Matthew Dresselhaus, on Flickr

      The pieces are tabbed with holes on each piece that after bending on the relief lines (because I still do not have a decent brake/press) allow the holes to line up and a pop rivet to be installed. The white spots in the pictures are each rivet.

      [​IMG]20151130_175205 by Matthew Dresselhaus, on Flickr

      The lid has both a latch to hold it securely closed when off road and a lock in case I want to lock valuables inside it.

      [​IMG]20151130_190256 by Matthew Dresselhaus, on Flickr

      Here it is set in the truck for a test fit. I still have a few adjustments to make then it will be ready for paint. I also am going to add an upholstery top to the lid.

      [​IMG]20151130_191115 by Matthew Dresselhaus, on Flickr
       
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    3. Kirby N.

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      That is over the top cool. You should clear coat it.

      What is the advantage of rivets over welds? It seems like I am always grinding or drilling rivets and that sucks, so I rarely use new ones!! I suppose welds would be worse to remove.
       
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      Easy to remove is the biggest benefit over a weld. Do not need a bunch of clamps to hold it together during assembly. Other then a few bone head layout mistakes I made in the drawing the whole thing can be assembled with out the use of a tape measure. In theory when the two holes line up put a rivet in and pull. Due to my crappy brake I can't get repeatable bends. They are close but have just enough variation to sometimes cause headaches. I might go back and pull the rivets and weld it together. See how well the rivets hold up.
       
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      I was able to get my center console painted and installed today.

      [​IMG]20151201_164247 by Matthew Dresselhaus, on Flickr

      [​IMG]20151201_164312 by Matthew Dresselhaus, on Flickr

      [​IMG]20151201_164539 by Matthew Dresselhaus, on Flickr

      My wife's CJ7 has a similar setup and the seatbelt is always falling between the seat and console. To hopefully solve that issue. I added two holes on the side and ran a bungee cord thru the holes to hold the latch side of the seat belt in place.

      [​IMG]20151201_164259_001 by Matthew Dresselhaus, on Flickr
       
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      ...Looks Great...Need to build you an upper tray in that console. .:)
       
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      I thought the same thing once I set it in the truck. I can add it later if I decide I want it.
       
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      It will give the stuff on the bottom a lot less travel..:)
       
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      It is only 9" deep so there is only so far for stuff to fall. As long as my air down and air up supplies stay near the top I am good.
       
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      Really amazed by all the fab work - - it's the small details that really make this rig awesome. Love the switch cut-outs!

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      ...I am so jealous...:popcorn:
       
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      I also go a Yaesu 2900 ham radio for Christmas. I got it mounted but still need to run power to it. I already had an antenna installed in the truck.

      [​IMG]20151227_161019 by Matthew Dresselhaus, on Flickr
       
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      Now that is a nice touch.
       
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      That snow looks like a lot of fun:thumbsup: Great work on the center console, looks as nice as the ones from Tuffy.
       
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      I haven't done much to the truck lately but did decide to build a fire pit. One side is for my ranger and one side for Tracy's CJ7. I had a few burn thrus on the letters but they could easily be fixed next time. It is all cut from 3/16" plate. The top is roughly 38" in diameter. Now I just need to get some firewood and give it a test...

      [​IMG]20160204_160519 by Matthew Dresselhaus, on Flickr

      [​IMG]20160204_160525 by Matthew Dresselhaus, on Flickr

      The best thing is it all breaks down into a small enough package that it fits in a long/large flat rate USPS box for storage. It is just under 70lbs before cutting out the designs if my math is right.

      [​IMG]20160204_160705 by Matthew Dresselhaus, on Flickr
       
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      Very cool! Did you find a template for the basic shapes that link together and break apart, or is that your design?
      The Jeep sides just look better and function better as a fire grate - make one with all six sides Jeep and you could sell a million of them!
       
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      Love the fire pit!
       
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      Very cool. A nice fire and leaving it out overnight for a week or so will give it a nice patina.
       
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      Pretty slick Matt;) Seems like 1/8" plate would do the job as good plus someone could get one blank and go crazy with the dimple die treatment.
       
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      Thanks. I saw a few similar ones on line in pictures. Other then that I drew the whole thing up and designed it myself. I thought about using 1/8" material but was worried that it would warp to easy. I need to build a good size fire in it and see what it does.
       
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      I would think they would do fine in 1/8". The wash tub drums seem to do fine and they must be of thinner material.
       
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      That is true. I wonder how much the round shape helps keep it from distorting. Have me thinking now.

      I could do one like that but no where near that price though. It would take 2/3 of a sheet of steel to make. It is a cool design but doesn't lend well to cooking marshmallows over :D
       
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      I have a small washtub fire pit and its very rigid. The shape and construction make it very sturdy. Its less than 1/8" thick.

      I think you would be fine with 1/8" plate. Any warping would be minimal and it would be much easier to transport. Your design needs small holes or slots in the bottom for better air flow.
       

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