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Old 12-02-2016, 07:19 PM   #1
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Default 95 Ford Bronco Rear Bumper Build

Been wanting a heavier duty bumper for my truck for a while that I don't have to worry about bending if I jack it up with a trail jack by the bumper so decided to build one to show at the KISD Ag Mech Show. Gonna be 2x6 rectangular tubing in the back narrowed to 3 inches at the ends so I can build rear quarter panel guards with some 2x3 tubing. It will also have a dual swings ways, one for a tire and one for a trail jack/ jerry cans. Gonna be starting from scratch building brackets out of 5/16" plate and goin from there. Here we go.
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Old 12-04-2016, 10:42 PM   #2
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Years ago my dad a truck with a rear bumper made out of 6 inch pipe. It had a valve stem on the back side so he could fill it with a couple hundred pound of air and use it to air up a low tire.
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Old 12-05-2016, 04:56 AM   #3
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Love that bronco!
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Old 12-05-2016, 05:42 AM   #4
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Tagged, weld looks pretty dang good to me.
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Old 12-05-2016, 08:51 AM   #5
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Honest question, as I don't know much about vehicle mods...

Would something like this require some attention be paid to the connection point between the mounting bracket and the frame? More support, for instance, or a third mount point? I've been wanting to have something similar done to mine, but I worry about all the added weight that my new plans would have for the bumper. I would just be afraid that it would rotate sort of down and under the truck. Does that make sense?
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Old 12-05-2016, 07:24 PM   #6
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Honest question, as I don't know much about vehicle mods...

Would something like this require some attention be paid to the connection point between the mounting bracket and the frame? More support, for instance, or a third mount point? I've been wanting to have something similar done to mine, but I worry about all the added weight that my new plans would have for the bumper. I would just be afraid that it would rotate sort of down and under the truck. Does that make sense?
I don't think anything would need to be added mounting bracket wise, the stock position has three holes so that removes the possibility of it rolling downwards. The only extra for mounting wise I'll be adding is a gusset to the outside face of both mounting brackets.
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Old 12-05-2016, 07:25 PM   #7
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Years ago my dad a truck with a rear bumper made out of 6 inch pipe. It had a valve stem on the back side so he could fill it with a couple hundred pound of air and use it to air up a low tire.
That's pretty dang smart!
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Old 12-06-2016, 08:53 AM   #8
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Old 12-14-2016, 09:43 PM   #9
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Got some more mocking up done today, wanting to make sure everything is good before I start welding stuff together.
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Old 01-21-2017, 04:26 PM   #10
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Finally got to work on it again. The tubing warped inwards on the ends so I decided to throw on some 1/4 inch gussets. Now I just gotta weld them in and cut some gussets out for the inside of the brackets.
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Old 02-22-2017, 08:06 PM   #11
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Haven't been in the shop too much lately but was able to knock out a few gussets to try and correct the warping this thing had happen to it.
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Old 03-12-2017, 10:26 AM   #12
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Got the diagonals cut. Started about a 1/2 inch out from the brackets and narrowed it down to 3 inches at the ends.
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Old 03-12-2017, 05:24 PM   #13
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I also got the diagonals welded up just don't have endcaps on it right now since I'm gonna be welding quarter panel guards on anyways.
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Old 04-11-2017, 08:59 AM   #14
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Got the tire swing away welded up for the most part minus the part that holds the tire.
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Old 04-11-2017, 09:04 AM   #15
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Did you buy that Bronco from someone there in your neighborhood?
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Old 04-11-2017, 10:36 AM   #16
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Did you buy that Bronco from someone there in your neighborhood?
No sir, I purchased it from the original owner in Houston. He owned a shop down the street from where my parents worked so I saw it and snaggged it up about two and a half years ago.
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No sir, I purchased it from the original owner in Houston. He owned a shop down the street from where my parents worked so I saw it and snaggged it up about two and a half years ago.
10-4. It's not the one I thought it was.
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Old 04-25-2017, 04:42 PM   #18
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Got the tire swingaway done
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Old 05-02-2017, 10:25 PM   #19
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Got my trail jack/Jerry can swingaway pretty much finished up
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Old 05-02-2017, 11:21 PM   #20
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Looking great so far. Nice bead

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Old 05-21-2017, 10:35 PM   #21
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Been a hot minute since I updated but I finished the bumper and it turned out so much better than i could've ever expected. Threw some nice paint (with a TON of flake) we had left over from our trailer build last year. Natrally it got painted the night before show. Had some hiccups like leaving the primer on all day before realizing it needed a hardener so we had strip it all down which is what led to painting it at 8 the night before. But I went ahead and showed it at the Katy Ag Mech Show the next day and somehow walked away with reserve grand against some nice trailers. This has definetily been one of my more time consuming build but I am more than happy with the way it came out. The last photo is a picture of how close the tailgate comes to the bumper and and the piece of flat strap I used to cover that nasty gap bumpers on broncos have since the bumpers have to hang so low because of how thick the tailgate is.
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Old 05-21-2017, 11:29 PM   #22
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Nice work man . Wish I had a shop about that size. And with all that equipment too.
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Old 05-22-2017, 06:38 AM   #23
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Do you happen to live in Nottingham Country? I have seen your Bronco before when me and the wife were out walking. If so you only live down the street from me. lol

Nice job on that bumper!
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Old 05-22-2017, 12:05 PM   #24
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Do you happen to live in Nottingham Country? I have seen your Bronco before when me and the wife were out walking. If so you only live down the street from me. lol

Nice job on that bumper!
Yessir! How far down you live?
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Old 05-22-2017, 12:08 PM   #25
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I live on the east side of the Bayou prob half a mile from your house. lol

I posted a sticker sighting one time of your bronco, trying to figure out who it was.
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Awesome work! Got questions.
Where did u get the swing hinges?
What size square tube did you use for the tire swing?
Where did u get the red handle catch assembly?
Thanks.
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Old 05-22-2017, 02:03 PM   #27
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Awesome work! Got questions.
Where did u get the swing hinges?
What size square tube did you use for the tire swing?
Where did u get the red handle catch assembly?
Thanks.
I used 3/16 2x3 for the frame of the tire swingaway and 3/16 2x4 for spacers to push the tire off the rack a little bit. I got the hinges and latches off comp4x4.com but be ready to drop some coin on them because they aren't cheap.
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Old 05-22-2017, 02:07 PM   #28
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I live on the east side of the Bayou prob half a mile from your house. lol

I posted a sticker sighting one time of your bronco, trying to figure out who it was.
Alright man, I'll keep an eye out for you, if you ever see me out, don't be afraid to stop and say hi. It'd be nice to get to know another tbher in the area.
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Thanks for the info.
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No problem man
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Why cant I ever be creative enough to do things like this? Looks great.
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Old 05-23-2017, 08:37 PM   #32
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Why cant I ever be creative enough to do things like this? Looks great.
Thank ya sir
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Old 05-24-2017, 07:53 AM   #33
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You've done some excellent work. Congrats on the Ag Mech win! Ag/FFA is one of the best things I ever did in school.
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Old 05-26-2017, 10:08 PM   #34
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Old 06-01-2017, 09:49 AM   #35
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You've done some excellent work. Congrats on the Ag Mech win! Ag/FFA is one of the best things I ever did in school.
Thank you sir. FFA is definitely something I don't regret doing!
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