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This is a simple but cool project. I had an old flatbed that was a fifth wheel. I now officially hate fifth wheel hitches. They are a little more convenient sometimes but the hitch is huge and it's hard to carry with you and some other stuff. It wants to take over the bed of the truck. Gooseneck, now, there are reasons to not like it but this is so much more convenient for me. It dosen't take over the bed of the truck and the ball on my hitch just flips over and I have my bed back and the hitch is still with me. So, I cut off the king pin of this trailer and the only scrap that I had laying around is this stainless steel pipe that fit over the hitch I bought from bully dog. (I'll spring for the whole thing next time.) and I welded it up into th existing suppport. Due to the odd shape I had to push the pipe back so that it would be vertical in the support member.
Here is a bumper that we are making for your trusty Dodge truck. the main portion of the bumper is 1/4 inch steel plate with a v bent into the top edge of the plate. There is a tool box on each side and there is a place in the middle for a winch. I have a 12,000# industrial winch that should do quite well for this application. Needs some more grinding and paint. Will update this project as it evolves.
This is a tow truck that I made while in Alaska. It's on a Dodge Power Wagon (back when Power Wagon meant something) and the front bumper that you see is actually the rear tailgate from a dump truck. Unfortunately this is the only picture I have of the old truck. The frame of the tow bed is made of 3" 1/4" wall square tube. The tree that the boom is supported by is 4" 1/4" wall square tube. I cut it apart to make another project but it was fun to build.
I'm planning on a project that is way to big to lay out on my bench so I have to do it outside. The ground isn't flat or level so I came up with this to put the pieces of steel on and able to clamp in place. I'll post the video of the lay out etc.
A customer needed to tow a Dodge Ram truck so we built a heavy duty towbar that is far stronger than the usual consumer weight towbar.
The frame attachment was boxed in for strength and rigidity.
We took on a project at an apartment complex. We're replacing all the steps. 104 steps total. Thats a lot of little parts that need to be cut to make 104 assembled steps.
In order to make a whole bunch of miter cuts (832) easily we set up a tool on our iron worker so that we could make the cuts consistantly. Thats 416 left cuts and 416 right cuts. It worked out quite well.