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I made my first roof rack!!!


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#1 backcountrycrui

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Posted 27 January 2010 - 09:15 PM

So I sort of coppied another members idea of using a bunk bed frame for the

base. Then I used galvo tube for the bent parts. I wanted to be able to

mount 3 of the 2.5 gallon jerry cans, spare tire (when I get one) and lights

front and back. Also I wanted it to be strong enough to carry a canoe. It

is my first welding project and boy does it show.:lol: Over all I have about

$7.00 into it including the spray paint. I will probably weld in a couple of

pieces in the front and rear to strengthen the top bars. Other than that Im

pleased with it. I got a lot of ideas from the members cars here.

Here are the parts

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And here is the rack..

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#2 WRX2FFU

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Posted 27 January 2010 - 10:01 PM

Looks good!

#3 TeamCF

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Posted 27 January 2010 - 11:21 PM

Nice. :)

Looks alot better than mine. Though all mine does is hold the CB antenna mount and the spare tire. So I only wanted it small and low profile. Lights for the sides will come later.

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Posted 28 January 2010 - 01:20 AM

Looks like a good place to sleep while camping.

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Posted 28 January 2010 - 11:53 AM

Nice work...I like the design. :banana:
It would be nice if your spare could squeeze under the back rail, as hefting a wheel around at that height can be tough.

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#6 frogstar7055

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Posted 28 January 2010 - 04:54 PM

Nice work.

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Posted 28 January 2010 - 05:19 PM

Good job using stuff you had readily available to make something custom.

Now go drink some milk before welding that Galvanized kills you. :-\:grin:

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Posted 28 January 2010 - 05:43 PM

Good job using stuff you had readily available to make something custom.

Now go drink some milk before welding that Galvanized kills you. :-\:grin:



I made a good effort to grind off most of the galvo. I heard that is is hard on you.:eek:

Nice work...I like the design. :banana:
It would be nice if your spare could squeeze under the back rail, as hefting a wheel around at that height can be tough.

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I will be putting lights in the front and rear areas. So no tire there.

However based on a previous post I made regarding the heft of a spare

wheel and tire, I decided to put the bar in the middle a lot lower than

originally planned. That space is about 31 inches. Wide enough to put any

tire, that I would run, up on top. All else fails I will have my 6 year old do

it. He is like the Incredible Hulk.:lol:

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Posted 28 January 2010 - 10:45 PM

Looks like a good place to sleep while camping.

just if he had a tent as well

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Posted 28 January 2010 - 11:15 PM

I made a good effort to grind off most of the galvo. I heard that is is hard on you.:eek:


Mike


There are both hot dip, and cold dip Galvanized. Most conduit is going to be cold dip. That means the steel is actually cooled when they treat it with galvanization. Hot dip is still somewhat molten, thusly the galvanization is pretty much engrained in the steel. As you can imagine, cold dip is alot better to work with than hot dip. Just grind the outside layer off and you're set. Hot dip isn't as forgiving.

It may be an old welders tale, but, I know from first hand experience that drinking milk after welding galvanized will definitely make your throat less irritated. It can't hurt. :)

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Posted 29 January 2010 - 10:26 AM

Nice. It looks like a good use for some of extra conduit!

#12 one eye

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Posted 29 January 2010 - 12:31 PM

That looks cool!!!!

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Posted 29 January 2010 - 10:47 PM

You should put some cross bars on the front and back down low to keep short stuff from sliding out and to hold light tabs

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Posted 30 January 2010 - 09:58 AM

You should put some cross bars on the front and back down low to keep short stuff from sliding out and to hold light tabs


That is the plan. I ran out of time, for the day, with the father in laws

welder. Then I ran out of patience:rolleyes: and painted it THEN I got

ambitious and installed the damn thing:lol:. So now I have to removed it,

sand the weld point clean and then install the rest of the tube. Sometimes

my three year old has more patience than I do.:eek:
Thanks
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#15 ARUSTYNA1L

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Posted 12 August 2012 - 07:55 PM

How did you mount that to your roof?

#16 Markus56

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 11:35 AM

stainless steel hose clamps. works everytime.

#17 ferp420

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Posted 14 August 2012 - 09:59 AM

That is the plan. I ran out of time, for the day, with the father in laws

welder. Then I ran out of patience:rolleyes: and painted it THEN I got

ambitious and installed the damn thing:lol:. So now I have to removed it,

sand the weld point clean and then install the rest of the tube. Sometimes

my three year old has more patience than I do.:eek:
Thanks
Mike


I had the same problem with my bumpers now I don't want to take them off to finish them

#18 BlindSight

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Posted 15 August 2012 - 08:29 PM

looks pro!

#19 branbikenut1

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Posted 31 August 2012 - 01:11 AM

Looks great. I just built one out of an old yard wagon and some conduit as well

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