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Old April 8th, 2008, 06:56 AM   #21
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if you can't do it with a torch let me know I can do it at work I think. I know I can bend .50 SS on it 6 foot wide.
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My question would be what part of the frame is he patching that needs 3/16 steel???? Seems a bit heavy compared to the rest of the frame...
LOL...I don't even know how to describe what I'm doing. Should be safe enough but very ghetto fab...Let's just say one side of my front spring mount needs a litte reinforcement.......It's only temporary until I get my new frame ready and do a swap...
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Old April 8th, 2008, 07:02 AM   #22
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LOL...I don't even know how to describe what I'm doing. Should be safe enough but very ghetto fab...Let's just say one side of my front spring mount needs a litte reinforcement.......It's only temporary until I get my new frame ready and do a swap...[/QUOTE]

Let me guess, CJ frame at the rear shackle mount? If that is what it is I had that at one time as well...
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Old April 8th, 2008, 11:02 AM   #23
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My metal break will bend 5/16" thick plate up to 9" wide.

Tell me what you need. 3"x3" bent 90deg in the center??
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Old April 8th, 2008, 12:33 PM   #24
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My metal break will bend 5/16" thick plate up to 9" wide.

Tell me what you need.
I'll have to get exact measurements tonight. It's something like 9" then a 90deg bend then 2 3/4" (the width of a CJ frame cross car) then another 90 deg bend and then 9". Ends up looking like a piec of c-channel. I'm basically making a hanger strap to reinforce my spring hanger. I plan on putting holes near the bottom of the 9" section, using a longer grade 8 bolt through the spring eye, new bracket and spring hanger then welding it to the new plates on the side of the frame. Tough to describe but it should work for the trail riding and mild wheeling I do....
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Old April 8th, 2008, 12:41 PM   #25
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Along with everyone else that offered help, if you faxed me a sketch, I could bend one up after work on the press brake. 586-598-1171F

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Old April 8th, 2008, 05:15 PM   #26
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3/16" thick?
That's a bit thicker than sheetmetal, the sheetmetal brake we use at work is max cap 0.100"
3/16" is 0.187", that would require a rather heavy duty brake.
Umm sheet is anything less than .250". If you do it in a press brake make sure to factor in you bend radi.
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Old April 8th, 2008, 05:28 PM   #27
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Umm sheet is anything less than .250". If you do it in a press brake make sure to factor in you bend radi.
Yes, but that was referring to ductwork, I've never seen .250" ductwork.
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Old April 8th, 2008, 05:40 PM   #28
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If you dont get it fixed up by then, I could do it when I go to SRI this weekend to play trains. We have all sorts of neat metal-working tools in our shop, and they will have NO problem bending that.
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I'll have to get exact measurements tonight. It's something like 9" then a 90deg bend then 2 3/4" (the width of a CJ frame cross car) then another 90 deg bend and then 9". Ends up looking like a piec of c-channel. I'm basically making a hanger strap to reinforce my spring hanger. I plan on putting holes near the bottom of the 9" section, using a longer grade 8 bolt through the spring eye, new bracket and spring hanger then welding it to the new plates on the side of the frame. Tough to describe but it should work for the trail riding and mild wheeling I do....

I can't do a second 90 that close to the first 90 with 9" legs. The only way I could do it is two L shaped pieces you would have to weld together.
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Old April 9th, 2008, 08:25 AM   #30
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I can't do a second 90 that close to the first 90 with 9" legs. The only way I could do it is two L shaped pieces you would have to weld together.
That's kinda what I was afraid of. I don't think many benders will be capable of that. I tried the heat and beat method last night, but could't get the bends tight enough or accurate enough to do what I need. I'm rethinking.....why not go 1/4" in 3 pieces and weld them? Should be extra heavy duty then......I like overkill.....specially when it comes to frame patches....

I'm going to start a new thread to see if anyone close to me (48316) can weld the pieces together for me if I get 'em cut. I have a small MIG, but can't do anything over 3/16" with any confidence. I'm going to pick up the metal today at lunch.

Thanks for your help and advice everyone!
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Old April 9th, 2008, 04:33 PM   #31
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Not a problem if you weld both sides of the joint...
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