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#41 datzenmike

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Posted 26 October 2017 - 05:00 AM

Trimming will be easy. Let me get it presentable and mounted first.

 

I did grind down the weld and then proceed to sand it down smooth. Using 80 grit but needs something more aggressive. Maybe an orbital sander. Also the weld may be harder than the bumper.


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Posted 26 October 2017 - 09:02 PM

It will take forever with an orbital sander, get a grinding wheel that fits in a drill and take your time.

I use flap disc's myself, or a grinding wheel that fits on a small angle head grinder, I use the small Dewalts, I even have an 18V cordless one also for small jobs.


 

 


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Posted 26 October 2017 - 09:36 PM

Mike. You must have a pneumatic grinder yes?

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Posted 27 October 2017 - 06:22 AM

Na just some hand tools and lots of time.


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Posted 27 October 2017 - 11:25 AM

Just spend a $100.00 for a small 120V Dewalt angle head grinder, then buy a few cutting discs and flap discs.

You have to take off the guard off to use the cutting discs and maybe the flap discs, but anywhere you cut metal it turns an hour job into a 5 minute job, these tools are so handy, you can even put an orbital sander attachment onto them and it will work way better than a regular electric orbital sander.

They even sell 18V Dewalt angle head grinders without the battery for under a $100.00, but the battery is expensive, you can find 2 packs for around a $100.00 or less on Ebay.

The only bad thing about them is if you try using them without eye protection you will end up at the eye doctors having them get some shit out of your eye, the doctor says one of my eyes looks like the moon, craters everywhere, I have not gotten anything in my eyes in years now.


 

 


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Posted 27 October 2017 - 11:29 AM

Yes. I have an angle grinder with the guard removed. On your recommendation I looked for and found a flap disc for it. Never noticed them before. I have prescription glasses and can't see stuff up close with them on so I use safety goggles anyway and it keeps the glasses from getting fucked up too. Thanks again, good info. Can't wait to get home tonight. Tomorrow is supposed to ne sunny all day too.


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Posted 27 October 2017 - 11:36 AM

I forgot to mention, the round nut holding whatever disc your using, especially the cutting discs needs to be put on upside down on the small Dewalt grinders, otherwise the cutting/flap disc will not get tight, so if your disc is loose after you tighten it down, put the round nut on the other way.

Some grinding discs have threaded holes so you don't need the round nut, but you do need the round disc mount nut on most everything else.


 

 


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Posted 27 October 2017 - 11:38 AM

It's a Makita? or Ryobi and yes some cutting/grinding disc don't tighten up right.    


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Posted 27 October 2017 - 02:13 PM

The "nut" should have a raised lip on one side and smooth on the other. Raised lip toward machine for thick discs (grinding), flat side toward machine for thin (cutting, flap disks).

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Posted 28 October 2017 - 11:39 AM

Beautiful fall day, time for some work. The left side is so so...

 

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Right side came out fair. Rather than fuck with it I'll fill divots with paint.

 

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Will use the bumper shocks as a template for mounts to the 'frame'. The ends that stick out still have to attach to the actual bumper. I still have the original chevy attachment points to it's frame so maybe they can simply be grafted together. I can then use the chrome carriage bolts.

 

Another thing, this sat out all week in the rain and not a speck if rust. Could the chrome have mixed with the weld?

 

 

 

 

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Posted 28 October 2017 - 03:56 PM

Just for hell of it stuck on the rear.

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Here it is on the front. I can mod the bumper shock and weld it to the bumper.

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Posted 28 October 2017 - 04:28 PM

That looks alright in the front that close, move farther back and take a photo.


 

 


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Posted 28 October 2017 - 04:33 PM

Looks pretty good. I do think painting ther lower bit satin or flat black would make it look smaller. Or maybe even body color on the lower bit?

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Posted 28 October 2017 - 04:33 PM

I'll try tomorrow. It's still just hanging on the bumper shocks. Actually it could be trimmed along the bottom of that fold line and still cover the ugly valance behind it. A small air dam and it would be gone. I weighed the rear one and 18 pounds!!!

Got some measurements for the rear bumper looks like 5" off each side. Picked up a new 1mm cut off wheel.


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Posted 29 October 2017 - 02:34 PM

I moved the 710 and the other car is in the way now. Tomorrow or maybe Tues evening when the other car is out of the way wayno.

 

Spent hours and hours straightening the rear bumper. Must have been hit a lot. Had ear plugs in for all the sledge hammering. Marked and cut out two 5" sections. There was a bad mark/scrape/dent in one so bonus. Over 4 hrs at it and now I'm too bagged to try tacking it together. I'll just fuck it up and have to cut it apart. Next weekend. Would be nice to do all the welding at the same time.


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Posted 12 November 2017 - 04:53 PM

Rain every weekend and too dark after work. Finally spent some time aligning and hammering and grinding it. Eventually you just have to go for it. Tacked then welded it up. Will begin smoothing tomorrow weather permitting.


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Posted 13 November 2017 - 01:15 PM

Ground down and welded up two splits in the bottom I didn't notice before. Probably from repeated hits and bending the bumper straight or maybe jacking it up?  Not nearly as good a job as the front. Tacked a few voids but it began raining... again... so unplugged the welder and put it and the grinder away. :mad:


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Posted 13 November 2017 - 04:26 PM

It is fall/winter now, it's going to rain thru May at least, get used to it. :lol:


 

 


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Posted 13 November 2017 - 04:37 PM

Because reproduction 67-8 Camaro bumpers are affordable the used ones are cheap (if you're patient). Nice and slim

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Posted 13 November 2017 - 05:09 PM

Maybe pick up a set next time I'm down there.

 

 

 

What's 'affordable'?


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