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    Posted: Jan/12/2012 at 9:04pm
Ever since I built the rear bumper with tire carrier, I've wanted to build a front bumper. Well, I finally made the time to do it. It took a few days but got it done. I didn't take many pics of the build like I did with the rear bumper so I can't go in as much detail.
I started with a piece of 1/4" steel that I had made for the winch. I believe it was 8"x 33 1/2" and a 4"x 33 1/2" piece
welded to make an L. I then took 2 24" pieces of 3/8x5" flat stock that I made the frame mounts out of. I removed the bumper brackets and installed the 3/8" steel to the unibody using one of the bumper bracket bolt holes, a steering box bolt on one side and  idler arm bolt on the other side. I also added 2 more 1/2" bolts that I drilled through the frame and sleeved. I bought premade recovery points that are made out of 3/4" stock. The rest is 1/8" steel. The winch is a 9,000 lb   Harbor Freight Road Shock that I got in a trade. I am going to upgrade to a Warn some day in the future.
I had to notch a little bit of the front valance for the mounts.

Here's my 79 year old uncle stick welding the 1/4" winch plate to the 3/8" mounts. All I have is a 120v welder and wanted to make sure the critical stuff was done right.




Here is the only place I ran into trouble. The steel moved during welding. I guess I got too much heat in that area. I will have to figure out how to fix it.
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I LIKE! Thanks for posting this with the great pictures!
It's tempting to do that for my SX/4  Wink  but suspect I could not come close to that quality appearance.
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That turned out really good!

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Originally posted by billd billd wrote:

I LIKE! Thanks for posting this with the great pictures!
It's tempting to do that for my SX/4  Wink  but suspect I could not come close to that quality appearance.

Bill, I've seen some of your work and would assume you can do it even better than I did. 

Today I took some time to fix the right side of the bumper. IT WAS BUGGING ME! 

Before:

I cut it right at the corner and then raised it up with my hydraulic jack:

I cut a piece of steel to fit in the gap:

After welding and grinding:

A little dab of body filler and some sanding and painting and it is fixed:
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When I read the title of this thread, I thought there's no way that can look good on an Eagle. Well, you proved me wrong- that looks great! I especially like the attention taken to mesh the sides with the body lines. Do you have a link to the pics from the rear bumper build?
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Originally posted by danleym danleym wrote:

When I read the title of this thread, I thought there's no way that can look good on an Eagle. Well, you proved me wrong- that looks great! I especially like the attention taken to mesh the sides with the body lines. Do you have a link to the pics from the rear bumper build?

I don't believe I posted it on this site but here is a link to the Nest: http://forums.amceaglenest.com/index.php?topic=35492.0
I've lowered the spare tire 3" since taking the pics in that thread.


Edited by EagleFreek - Jan/13/2012 at 5:07pm
1986 AMC Eagle Wagon 4.2L/4.0L head, AW4,NP242, Chrysler 8.25" rear. SOLD
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Looks awesome! This was a very cool eagle to see at cordova!
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The rear bumper/spare tire carrier looks great, too! I really like the endcaps on these.
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Just drove this car today. Thanks for stopping by Eaglefreek.

The bumpers look great. Like they were made for the Eagle! Well I guess they were! :) They did make it feel heavy though!
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Rafe, we need to find  you a daily driver so you can keep the miles off that beauty queen.



Edited by EagleFreek - Mar/01/2012 at 8:04pm
1986 AMC Eagle Wagon 4.2L/4.0L head, AW4,NP242, Chrysler 8.25" rear. SOLD
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