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Old 01-19-2023, 11:58 PM   #21
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Making good progress man, can't wait to see the outcome!
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Old 01-21-2023, 05:24 AM   #22
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Did a little more work on the bumper last night. Also got most of the interior put together. Hopefully I don’t have to trim too much of the floor pan to clear the transmission. But we will see. Wife and kids are gone until tomorrow afternoon so planning on trying to finish front bumper, then start and finish a rear bumper tonight after work. I have a RC4wd Warn rear bumper I could possibly utilize if I make new brackets and it looks pretty good. I’ll see what I can make happen. Oh, side note.. These interior kits for the lc70, while they are extremely detailed they also have way too many tiny pieces to assemble. They are nice and come with everything to make the seats recline, tilt steering column, complete light kit for the dash lights, full detailed sticker sheets, rubber seat covers. Even has the possibility of making the windows roll up and down.











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Old 01-22-2023, 03:29 PM   #23
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Had some time after work today so I knocked out the front bumper. I think it turned out good. All TIG welded stainless. Used a combination of 304 18gauge sheet, 3/16 and 1/8 Rod. It took three times as long as it should have been. My only complaint is that I made it fit the body just a little too tight. I may have to stiffen up my suspension just a little bit, as the front tires at full flex get into the bumper pretty bad.















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Old 01-22-2023, 11:42 PM   #24
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That bumper turned out excellent!
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Old 01-25-2023, 10:09 AM   #25
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I know you’re on a crunched timeline but the quality you’re putting in is really nice. Hats off to the bumper fan!
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Old 01-25-2023, 05:54 PM   #26
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Finally started working on the rear bumper today. Think I’m going to be able to modify the TF2 bumper to fit this chassis and body. A little more bending, grinding and a little bit of aluminum tig welding and she should be ready to bolt on. Trying to get this to fit the body tight. Hopefully finish it up tomorrow.




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Old 01-25-2023, 05:58 PM   #27
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I know you’re on a crunched timeline but the quality you’re putting in is really nice. Hats off to the bumper fan!

Thanks, I’m hoping the timeline is what pulls this build through. I normally end up with a 3/4 finished build that sits on a shelf for months and even years…


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Old 01-25-2023, 06:00 PM   #28
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That bumper turned out excellent!

Much appreciated, I love getting good feedback on things like this.


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Old 01-25-2023, 07:15 PM   #29
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Yeah the front bumper is on point man.
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Old 01-25-2023, 08:03 PM   #30
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I normally end up with a 3/4 finished build that sits on a shelf for months and even years…


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I feel that for sure. Bumper turned out great


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Old 01-26-2023, 05:01 PM   #31
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Awesome work on that bumper bro!!! I like that interior as well! Just over 3 weeks bro! Keep on going!!! You got it!!! Can’t wait to check it out in person!
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Old 01-28-2023, 05:57 PM   #32
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With the event so close even if I don’t finish this build I had to make sure my sons Trailwalker was ready to go since I have backup rigs I could run that are ready to go. So spent a little time today in the shop with him. Got his new body painted up, his hand me down tires and wheels cleaned up and repainted. Gotta adjust the body posts down a lot. I also finished up my front and rear bumpers. Hopefully get back into the shop in the morning to knock out a few more items on the list. I don’t think my batteries are going to fit under the interior so I need to verify that and if they won’t then I’m gonna build a toolbox/battery box for the bed. Also got some RC4wd diamond plate to cover the whole bed floor so you can’t see the shocks.











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Old 01-28-2023, 06:21 PM   #33
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This is a great thread, thanks for putting it up. Your builds are turning out great.

What bender are you using for your bumper steel?
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Old 01-28-2023, 06:39 PM   #34
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This is a great thread, thanks for putting it up. Your builds are turning out great.

What bender are you using for your bumper steel?

So I use 2 different benders for tubing or solid rod.
I have the cheap amazon
“mighty rod bender”

Then I have the SB2 dual tube bender from Northwest Scale Design.


Since I’m the shop foreman of a metal fab shop I also have access to roll formers, hand brakes, hydraulic press brakes and many other tools at my disposal.

Here’s the 2 “tube” benders I use.





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Old 01-28-2023, 08:27 PM   #35
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I should have been more specific. It's the sheet metal I was curious about. I am just using a vice mounted bender, thought you might have a different method.

Your sheet is nicely cut and bent.
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Old 01-28-2023, 09:19 PM   #36
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I should have been more specific. It's the sheet metal I was curious about. I am just using a vice mounted bender, thought you might have a different method.

Your sheet is nicely cut and bent.

Gotcha. So I use a combination of different things. Mostly a box brake for things like this as I can go slow and get precise bend’s exactly on the lines I layout. I have one similar to the one in the pic. They are not cheap, if I wasn’t in the sheet metal business already then id not have access to these tools.




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Old 01-29-2023, 08:03 PM   #37
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Got the bed cover cutout today. Not much progress but a little progress is better than none I guess.
Should be able to start body work and painting sometime this week I hope,also can’t decide if I want to leave the diamond plate floor shiny aluminum or paint it with the bedliner like the rest of the interior of the bed.









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Old 01-29-2023, 08:36 PM   #38
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I thought I had everything finished on my sons rig today but I think he’s gonna need a rear bumper or something to keep from dragging the back of this body off. May try to make a “slider bumper” to work in conjunction with the plastic bumper that comes with this body. But his tires and wheels are mounted, body mount’s adjusted, 2d interior in place and sliders brought in close to the body.





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Gotcha. So I use a combination of different things. Mostly a box brake for things like this as I can go slow and get precise bend’s exactly on the lines I layout. I have one similar to the one in the pic. They are not cheap, if I wasn’t in the sheet metal business already then id not have access to these tools.
I had a feeling. That is a really nice bender. Appreciate your response.

Rigs look great. Personally I would make my decision on the diamond plate floor based on the truck color. Black can disappear in it's subtlety or overly stand out too much depending on the surrounding color.
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Old 02-02-2023, 08:09 PM   #40
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Not much of an update but been super busy at work this week. Luckily I get a 3 day weekend and will be starting the painting process tomorrow. Started sanding all the shiny finish off the body tonight with 80 grit then with red scotch bright pads. Going wash everything good then possibly hit it with a final sanding with scotch bright in the morning. Picked out “Thunder Cloud” high gloss grey paint. Also got some high gloss clear coat. Will have all flat black trim. Wanted something close to battleship grey and gave all my “local” crawler buddies a vote on the color possibilities and this is what they chose.


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