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Making an x-mas present for a friend

Discussion in 'Equipment, Tools & Vehicle Pictures' started by Gix1k4, Dec 20, 2008.

  1. Gix1k4

    Gix1k4 Senior Member
    Messages: 172

    A buddy mentioned that he'd like a headache rack for his dodge, but wanted the cross bars lower for when he loads his quad. His quad has an aftermarket bumper that fits between the bars on a store bought back rack, touching the back window. To make a long story short, I'm making him one so that the crossbars are at the same height as the quads bumper, to save his back window.

    Here are a few pics, keep in mind that i'm no master welder...:D

  2. Gix1k4

    Gix1k4 Senior Member
    Messages: 172

    Forgot about the 4 image limit...More pics.
  3. snowman79

    snowman79 Senior Member
    from MidWest
    Messages: 433

    looks good so far!
  4. KCB

    KCB Senior Member
    Messages: 153

    I wish a had a buddy as thoughtful as you:salute:
  5. Gix1k4

    Gix1k4 Senior Member
    Messages: 172

    As much as i'd like to take all the credit...it's a joint effort. His wife bought the material, and i'm supplying the labor.
  6. ff1221

    ff1221 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,376

    Looks great, and from one non-master welder to another non-master welder, those welds look excellent.:D
  7. metallihockey88

    metallihockey88 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,414

    if you need any more practice feel free to send one my way, ill pay for the material ;) looks damn good
  8. c.schulz

    c.schulz Senior Member
    Messages: 202

    Nice job!!! Cut back on the wire speed just a little.... What gauge tube are you using? Thinking about making one for my truck. What will you anchor it with(hardware)?

  9. jimaug87

    jimaug87 Senior Member
    Messages: 179

    That's one of the better looking home jobs I've seen. For not being a 'master', those welds look strong enough.

    I'm looking forward to seeing how it turns out
  10. Gix1k4

    Gix1k4 Senior Member
    Messages: 172

    I'm going to try and fab brackets similar to the original back rack ones, but i need to wait until he knows about the rack to get at his truck to trial fit everything. I had to take the measurements for the rack from a random dodge truck i found in a parking lot. I was waiting to get a beat-down from the truck owner....lol.

    I'm using a Lincoln 180, 220V welder with .035 wire, and Praxair "Mig Mix Gold" gas.
  11. deere615

    deere615 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,919

    Yeah, looks real nice so far. good work
  12. Humvee27

    Humvee27 Senior Member
    Messages: 361

    Nice job...the welds look like your getting enough penetration but you may want a little more heat little less speed...but that would be my style...jmo.....looks good though.
  13. Gix1k4

    Gix1k4 Senior Member
    Messages: 172

    All I did was set it up according to the chart inside the welder, but I'll try that on some of the leftover metal. I have a feeling i'll be making at least one more of these. The hardest part of the whole thing was getting the end caps to fit just right.
  14. Humvee27

    Humvee27 Senior Member
    Messages: 361

    You did a nice job with it.....not that it's critical on a piece like this but with some scrap weld up a 90 degree angle then put it in a vice and break it...if the weld breaks look carefully to see how much "heat" went into it...if it doesn't break the weld....Good job...it's usually harder to get a feel for those but just play with it....everyone has different speeds / styles of welding....I usually go fast so I like a lot of heat...ymmv....good job though.
  15. redneck farmer

    redneck farmer Senior Member
    Messages: 192

    What are you using for a welder?
  16. Brian Young

    Brian Young PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,394

    Yeah seriously! Hope he appreciates it nice job man!:drinkup:
  17. Gix1k4

    Gix1k4 Senior Member
    Messages: 172

    I'm using a Lincoln 180, 220V welder with .035 wire, and Praxair "Mig Mix Gold" gas.
  18. Supper Grassy

    Supper Grassy Senior Member
    Messages: 948

    Sweet Job

    I wish i could weld
  19. JDWalkbehind

    JDWalkbehind Senior Member
    Messages: 274

    That looks awesome. How far apart did you space the pillars pieces that run up? I'm going to try an make one trying to get some dimensions. Thanks
  20. Doom & Gloom

    Doom & Gloom Senior Member
    Messages: 170

    Your a nice fella!