2004: Having a little time while
searching for a new engine, I decided to put
my new metalworking skills to work and build
a rear bumper for the jeep. I bought a metal
chop saw and a pipe bender from harbor
freight to speed my work. I decided to do
more of a rear grill guard to protect the
sheet metal and taillights from the sides of
the creek I like to back into.
Here is the
completed bumper before installation.
The bumper is held in place by
two plates that a welding perpendicular to the parallel
pipes at the bottom, and run along the frame.
Notice the left shackle hanging
down. The frame was rusted there and I was in the
process of welding plates on the bottom and the side to
holes in this plate in order to bolt the bumper too. The
two plates combined with was was left of the frame was
almost 3/4". I broke 4 bits and 3 wrists trying to drill
those holes in such a tight space.
The plate welded to
reinforce the frame.
The end of the frame was in
pretty bad shape, and it took alot of time to fix
The wrap around feature
protects the corners from objects and also reduces
the moment arm the main part would be in a rear end
While I was at it, I
decided to sandblast the front bumper so that I
could paint them at the same time. Here Bethany
learns to sandblast.
(Pictures of finished bumpers