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Old 05-06-2013, 04:24 AM
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Don't be shy about using "other" materials to make the shapes you want/need. I used 2", 3" and 5" diameter muffler tubing to make parts of the bumper I built for my truck. The rest is 10 and 16 gage steel.


I will be going thru this same process when I build the bumper for my van project.
Go ahead and weld on the front. Grind it down to get the welds smooth. Shy away from brazing if you are going to plate it. Brazing "works" different then steel and it will leave a shadow that you will see after plating. It is impossible to polish the two materials together and get them to be at the same "surface", if you know what I mean.
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Don't be shy about using "other" materials to make the shapes you want/need. I used 2", 3" and 5" diameter muffler tubing to make parts of the bumper I built for my truck. The rest is 10 and 16 gage steel.


I will be going thru this same process when I build the bumper for my van project.
Go ahead and weld on the front. Grind it down to get the welds smooth. Shy away from brazing if you are going to plate it. Brazing "works" different then steel and it will leave a shadow that you will see after plating. It is impossible to polish the two materials together and get them to be at the same "surface", if you know what I mean.
Mark
Mark, you are absolutely right! I have never used brass for this and didn't have any advice but the simple fact that the brass is softer than the metal would make "surfacing" it equal very difficult!

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I know this doesnt help much but I think no matter which one you finally go with/fab worked flipping it upside down would look real good. With the curviture of the rear on each side with the bumper flipped it would give the whole rearend an hour glass look.
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