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Old August 17th, 2011, 11:30 AM
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Building the Ultimate rear cross member!

https://picasaweb.google.com/1104768...CJTy-oHr8LWffQ

This is a cross member that I am building for my 90 since every thing out there does not suit my needs or wants. It is made out of 3x6x 3/16 thick rectanglualr steel. It is to be used as a air resevoir. and has jacking points for the Highlift jack attachment.

This is a prototype so there will probably be modifications.

I am thinking about building these for resale if the cost is productive and there is enough interest.



P.S. And Jonathan i.e. [Wolf Fabrications] I will be your checking copy rights. LOL
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Old August 17th, 2011, 11:47 AM
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Ummm... can we switch garages for like a month?!?!? maybe 5?!?!

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Old August 17th, 2011, 01:16 PM
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Looks strangely familiar...

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Old August 17th, 2011, 01:28 PM
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Well, it's not like there are 10 different ways to do it.

Both look good.
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Old August 17th, 2011, 01:33 PM
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Thats way to funny I never saw that post.LMAO

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Old August 17th, 2011, 01:44 PM
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This is definitely the way to do it! Looking good.
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Old August 17th, 2011, 01:53 PM
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I did something very similar. And I thought I was the first. Oh well.
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Old August 17th, 2011, 02:54 PM
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Just finishing up a similar one on my 101
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Old August 17th, 2011, 03:43 PM
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I will take one + that much garage space. Living in a downtown style townhome blows for cool projects like this.
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Old August 17th, 2011, 06:42 PM
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P.S. And Jonathan i.e. [Wolf Fabrications] I will be your checking copy rights. LOL
Too late, already sold the rights to a sweatshop in China!

You'll need to TIG all the seams if you really want it to hold air, otherwise you'll battle air leaks with the MIG all day. Or obviously make sure you get really good welds on clean steel, but you know that.
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Old August 17th, 2011, 06:54 PM
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My home made version on my 110
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Old August 17th, 2011, 11:14 PM
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Agreed! Not sure why no one is selling a replacement like this already. If I had the time or the resources I would do it...
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Old August 17th, 2011, 11:58 PM
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Agreed! Not sure why no one is selling a replacement like this already. If I had the time or the resources I would do it...
I think i have the resorces. One concern is that the average Joe will be intimidated by cutting their frame. Or finding someone who can.
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I think i have the resorces. One concern is that the average Joe will be intimidated by cutting their frame. Or finding someone who can.
I think my worry if making them for others would be the variability in the different chassis'. Knowing land rover tolerances, where you place your extensions may need to be tailored to each vehicle to get a decent fit. Perhaps it would be worth having a measure up of several vehicles to see if there is any variability there.

Having said that, looks like a nice job. I have a folded C section of 5mm steel that i have replaced my crossmember with, its ok, but yours looks much neater and i'd go that way if i were going to do it again. Its a new galv chassis for me next time anything serious needs doing on my chassis though!
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I did something very similar. And I thought I was the first. Oh well.
I doubt even Doug Richardson, who built his Demolition Bumper in the '70's, was the first. Though his was used to hold oil for oil changes.
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I think i have the resorces. One concern is that the average Joe will be intimidated by cutting their frame. Or finding someone who can.
I don't think this is an issue. If you are replacing your cross member you have to do this anyway.

Perhaps the answer is a kit with the bumper and the attachment brackets not welded on, allowing for adjustment during install.
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Old August 18th, 2011, 08:25 AM
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I doubt even Doug Richardson, who built his Demolition Bumper in the '70's, was the first. Though his was used to hold oil for oil changes.
Again I thought of that also. Only because we do a expedition up in to Canada with Lucky 8. There is always someone needing extra oil or something and that would be a good way to carry it. Plus it goes with my personality of try to be prepared. Next on the list is a On board welder.
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Again I thought of that also. Only because we do a expedition up in to Canada with Lucky 8. There is always someone needing extra oil or something and that would be a good way to carry it. Plus it goes with my personality of try to be prepared. Next on the list is a On board welder.
I find it hard to believe that you and Jill ever run short on storage space!
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Again I thought of that also. Only because we do a expedition up in to Canada with Lucky 8. There is always someone needing extra oil or something and that would be a good way to carry it. Plus it goes with my personality of try to be prepared. Next on the list is a On board welder.
I don't think any of these are new ideas. I am in general a fan of this sort of thing, but as I get older I start thinking of these things as being unwanted complexity and failure points. I'll give an example. A friend built a buggy to compete in the KOH with and thought it was a clever idea to use his cage tubing as a coolant line from the engine to his rear mounted radiator. I thought so too. Until he hit a tree at speed, cracked a weld and was out of the race. If it was good old hose he could have patched it and continued on.
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Yeah, but that's a hell of an idea!

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I don't think any of these are new ideas. I am in general a fan of this sort of thing, but as I get older I start thinking of these things as being unwanted complexity and failure points. I'll give an example. A friend built a buggy to compete in the KOH with and thought it was a clever idea to use his cage tubing as a coolant line from the engine to his rear mounted radiator. I thought so too. Until he hit a tree at speed, cracked a weld and was out of the race. If it was good old hose he could have patched it and continued on.
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