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#1 KennyP ONLINE  



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Posted April 21, 2015 - 05:25 PM

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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One pipe folded some upon bending, so I added in some filler material to fix that.

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To be continued!

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Posted April 21, 2015 - 10:52 PM

  Kenny, you're probably old enough to already know, but I'll say it anyway. Get the pipe real hot before pouring in the lead for two reasons. #1- to ensure the lead goes all the way to the other end before solidifying. #2- and most important, to ensure there is no moisture inside the pipe.


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Posted April 22, 2015 - 03:17 AM

SO, your making a Pipe Bomb bumper to go out and find a JD to run into?  THAT'S the real story here!

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Posted April 22, 2015 - 04:50 AM

SO, your making a Pipe Bomb bumper to go out and find a JD to run into? THAT'S the real story here!

Great idea on the bumper. I have some 4 inch pipe I am not using but won't fill it with lead. Do have a neighbor with a jd though. LOL.
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