Here's another bright idea from me! As you folks know by now, I like my FF's. But, the first time I plowed with one, I had issues with it wanting to wheel stand in hard dirt. So I built a basket on the front with 70 lbs of cast iron window weights in there.
That was 2 years ago. Now, I am tired of hearing the weights rattling around up there. But I want a bumper to help protect the fiberglass hood on this tractor. Aaron had a tubing bender (ala HF) out back and I had access to some 2"OD X 0.1" wall tubing. So I proceeded to make a bumper system for this tractor. I still wanted the extra weight up front. Then it hit me that I have all this lead. Filling the bumper with the lead would solve both issues. So I began the task of making this. Here's pics of what I have thus far.
I bent the pipe, one long that will go low, one short above it.
I needed to cap the ends to keep the lead in when I pour it, so I made some caps out of 1/8" metal.
The one on the left is a 5/8" thick plug I cut using this same method.
The 2 caps welded on one end of the tubes.
One pipe folded some upon bending, so I added in some filler material to fix that.
To be continued!