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

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    1. RockRanger

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      Yup second try and I walked right up it. It was dug out a bit more but not to bad.
       
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    3. RockRanger

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      My truck came as a base model truck with no cargo light. trying to see what is in the bed at night was always a pain. I had some extra lights that I am using as rock lights and back up lights so I built a quick bracket and welded it to the cage. Then I wired it to the interior dome light circuit. So they come on as soon as you open the door.

      [​IMG]20170201_104344 by Matthew Dresselhaus, on Flickr

      With the lights off in a mostly dark garage.

      [​IMG]20170201_104310 by Matthew Dresselhaus, on Flickr

      Lights on.

      [​IMG]20170201_104323 by Matthew Dresselhaus, on Flickr

      I also got a file online to make a hanger for my Vice Grips. Cut it on my plasma table. Cleaned up some space in my toolbox.

      [​IMG]20170201_104746 by Matthew Dresselhaus, on Flickr

      Then I built a pressbrake for my harbor freight 20t press. I need some more quarter inch material so I can cut a few more die pieces. The lower die is 4 different sizes so it can be flipped depending on the thickness of material being bent.

      [​IMG]20170201_115750 by Matthew Dresselhaus, on Flickr

      [​IMG]20170201_115805 by Matthew Dresselhaus, on Flickr

      [​IMG]20170201_115800 by Matthew Dresselhaus, on Flickr

      [​IMG]20170201_115645 by Matthew Dresselhaus, on Flickr
       
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      Good stuff Matt. Love the press brake, I'm sure you'll be making some cool stuff with that. The vice grip holder is a good idea, that would work good mounted to a bunch of different places.
       
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      What lights are you using as rock lights. Are they waterproof at all. Thanks man.
       
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      Ok thank you. 26 gauge is tiny. I wired my lights in 12 gauge because I have a spool of it lol. Do you ever wheel near Death Valley. We are planning a run soon out there to camp at some hot springs I have never been to. Have a good night.
       
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      I want to get out there and do some wheeling but haven't. We are trying to plan a trip in April out of the Lone Pine area. It is going to be mostly dirt road driving and mine exploring. I want to go to Calico one of these days.
       
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      are you coming down for the truckhaven meet in May or TDS next month?
       
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      No on TDS and doubtful on the May run. With me working out of town 20 days a month, I like to be home on the weekends I have off when my daughter isn't at school. The April trip to Lone Pine we are doing is during her spring break.

      So decided to do this yesterday. I sure like my floorjack spacers. Unbolted the bumper put the jack under it with a set of vice grips clamped to it and dropped the bumper. I have the bumper still balanced on the floor jack as I move it around the garage.

      [​IMG]20170202_110415 by Matthew Dresselhaus, on Flickr

      [​IMG]20170202_121442 by Matthew Dresselhaus, on Flickr

      As far as I got so far.

      [​IMG]20170203_142040 by Matthew Dresselhaus, on Flickr

      [​IMG]20170203_142048 by Matthew Dresselhaus, on Flickr
       
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      I love it!! High and tight!

      Is that other set of Goodyears on Tracy's Jeep?
       
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      Old Bumper next to new one.

      [​IMG]20170303_111544 by Matthew Dresselhaus, on Flickr

      [​IMG]20170303_111551 by Matthew Dresselhaus, on Flickr

      Got the new one installed.

      [​IMG]20170303_153719 by Matthew Dresselhaus, on Flickr

      [​IMG]20170303_153730 by Matthew Dresselhaus, on Flickr

      Took a little cutting to get the winch to fit.

      [​IMG]20170303_151655 by Matthew Dresselhaus, on Flickr

      Takes all of my 60 inch hillift to barely get a front tire off the ground. Normally I would chain the suspension but wanted to see what it would do.

      [​IMG]20170307_111310 by Matthew Dresselhaus, on Flickr
       
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      Nice bumper. My bumper has cut-outs to accept a high-lift as well. My 48" jack doesn't come close to raising a tire off the ground.
       
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      I may have missed it but can you give some details about your plasma table? Some friends and I always talk about getting one/putting one together but nothing ever comes of it. I love all the cool stuff you've been building!
       
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      Nice bumper, I think I am going to drop my ex off at your house.
       
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      I have an older 4x8 Torchmate3 table I picked up used. It was built probably around 2004 or 2005. I use a hypertherm 1000 plasma cutter. It has been a solid first table for learning on. I have cut up to 1/2" plate with it. I can't really compare it to new tables as the tech seems to have changed a lot between when mine was new and today.

      Thanks. Wish I had a first gen around to get measurements off of to build one. That and time. I am just about done with this truck for a while. Few more small things then it is on to a rebuild of my wife's Jeep.
       
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      Last week I went up to the snow to mess around for the day. Was by myself so I took it easy. I made up to around 6000ft elevation. Here is a quick video I put together. I just got a knock off gopro camera so I was playing around with it and seeing what it could do.


       
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      What camera are you using?
       
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      https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01LMVITSA/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o05_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

      While it will take 4k video I so far have been using the 1080p setting. My laptop isn't really designed for video editing so the bigger files tend to bog it down. Also for $16 I ordered 3 extra batteries and a charger. That gives me 5 batteries and I can plug the charger into my phone car charger to charge batteries as I use them. So far I am happy with it for the $100ish I am into it for. I can see where having 3-4 cameras on the truck and a few people to the side filming could allow for some sweet edited videos to be made.
       
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      I have watched other people on the trail pull hot food off there engine at lunch time. I could never figure out a good spot on the 4.0 that would be easy to place and then pull off a hot engine some food. After looking under the hood I found a large open area due to not having A/C on my truck. I figured I could do something there. On the passenger side exhaust manifold there are two threaded bolts facing up. The rear one holds the coil pack bracket and the forward one is empty.

      [​IMG]20170317_134441 by Matthew Dresselhaus, on Flickr

      A bit of time measuring, drawing on the computer and then plasma cutting I had all the parts cut. A few key welds and some bending the parts were ready.
      [​IMG]20170317_134407 by Matthew Dresselhaus, on Flickr

      Then the bracket is bolted to the two holes in the manifold.

      [​IMG]20170317_145630 by Matthew Dresselhaus, on Flickr

      Next the inner tray is dropped in. I made it removable so that it could be easily cleaned and to make installation easier.

      [​IMG]20170317_141856 by Matthew Dresselhaus, on Flickr

      Then drop the lid on and latch it shut.

      [​IMG]20170317_141846 by Matthew Dresselhaus, on Flickr

      Now I need to go on a wheeling trip and try it out. In total it sits about 2.5 inches above the exhaust manifold. Hopefully that is close enough for it to get warm enough.
       
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      Yeah, guess that food box is a little better than a burrito on the dashboard.
      Nice video, I like the shot of the front axle working.
       
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      Okay, now that's awesome. You should be able to cook food in the box that close to the exhaust manifold. You should hit a dollar store and find a coated pan that fits inside the box.
       
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      A coated pan was my original idea. I thought meatloaf pan. Everything I found was to big. If a few test show that it works well I plan to find some stainless steel and build the box out of it.
       

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