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repauli1 07-07-2013 07:18 PM

Project Tube Door
 
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Started fabrication of my tube doors yesterday.
Bought cheap pipe bender harbor freight. It works well though.

repauli1 07-07-2013 07:21 PM

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Door progress, used 1.25" pipe which equal 1.5" OD. it's schedule 40.
Beginners to welding galvanized use fans, and blow fumes away to outside. Or use black pipe. I used electrical ridged pipe, which I believe bends better than some cheap water pipes.

repauli1 07-07-2013 07:23 PM

http://i1364.photobucket.com/albums/...ps7456eacb.jpg
Offset for better protection. http://i1364.photobucket.com/albums/...psa2dd046b.jpg

Lowerumble 07-07-2013 07:23 PM

Nice progress!

ltlbigfoot 07-07-2013 07:39 PM

Looking good!!!

Olsen185 07-07-2013 08:58 PM

It looks good, but why did you go so high on the front? Why not go the same height as the back part? Also what are you gonna do about the handles?

repauli1 07-07-2013 09:17 PM

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Originally Posted by Olsen185
It looks good, but why did you go so high on the front? Why not go the same height as the back part? Also what are you gonna do about the handles?

Personal preference on height . The space between the two side bars are going to get filled in with some plasma cut design TBD. The latch will be incorporated in that flat metal. Then bedliner painted.
PS: undecided if I am doing back doors, I run the NX top so I like the look with just front, but may change mind to prevent door damage trailing.

Olsen185 07-07-2013 09:23 PM

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Originally Posted by repauli1 (Post 3936943)
Personal preference on height . The space between the two side bars are going to get filled in with some plasma cut design TBD. The latch will be incorporated in that flat metal. Then bedliner painted.
PS: undecided if I am doing back doors, I run the NX top so I like the look with just front, but may change mind to prevent door damage trailing.

I like it so far. I've been thinking on starting the same project soon.

repauli1 07-07-2013 09:29 PM

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Originally Posted by Olsen185

I like it so far. I've been thinking on starting the same project soon.

I made my own front bumper, it was easy compared to this project. I am going to get POPEYE arms from bender!

NWHoneybadger 07-07-2013 10:54 PM

Those are looking nice. Any reason you can't just use mild steel tubing instead of galv. or black. And would you recommend the harbor freight bender? I've looked at it myself, maybe for a brush guard or tube bumper.

repauli1 07-08-2013 04:54 AM

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Originally Posted by NWHoneybadger
Those are looking nice. Any reason you can't just use mild steel tubing instead of galv. or black. And would you recommend the harbor freight bender? I've looked at it myself, maybe for a brush guard or tube bumper.

I wanted strength (pipe&cost versus tube&cost) The HF bender is for PIPE ONLY, so don't try to bend TUBE on it. If you use tube I would recommend the type used on roll bars ( chromoly ).

PieFace 07-08-2013 08:17 AM

those look great. reminds me of the roughshod offroad ones that are no longer available.

you are a hell of a craftsman.

WhiskeyMike 07-08-2013 08:44 AM

Love the contour lines. Nice design. Have you been welding long? Thinking about similar projects, but would need the welder, bender, etal.

repauli1 07-08-2013 09:11 AM

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Originally Posted by PieFace
those look great. reminds me of the roughshod offroad ones that are no longer available.

you are a hell of a craftsman.

That was my inspiring design basis. I wonder what happened to Roghshod. I love the design. My thoughts were the outset side rails will act like a spreader bar in an accident, forcing the outer tubes (pipes) into frame instead of me!

repauli1 07-08-2013 09:13 AM

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Originally Posted by WhiskeyMike
Love the contour lines. Nice design. Have you been welding long? Thinking about similar projects, but would need the welder, bender, etal.

I was a welder in the USN 35 years ago, and welded a few years as a pipe fitter. This is pretty basic welding with a mig. Getting used to setting wire speed and amperage, along with prep grinding is key to good welds.
I have a Thermal Arc mig/tig/stick, and a Hypertherm plasma cutter that I also use on my CNC plasma table I homemade.

repauli1 07-11-2013 06:41 PM

Completed!

http://i1364.photobucket.com/albums/...ps2ad0bfe1.jpghttp://i1364.photobucket.com/albums/...psd6411804.jpg
http://i1364.photobucket.com/albums/...ps0e2e1aea.jpg

Lowerumble 07-11-2013 06:43 PM

That is some really nice work. I would buy those.

Olsen185 07-11-2013 07:28 PM

Do you have any close ups of the latch? Where did you find the latch?

repauli1 07-11-2013 10:56 PM

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Originally Posted by Olsen185
Do you have any close ups of the latch? Where did you find the latch?

A modified gate latch, will post before and after pic tmrw.

repauli1 07-11-2013 10:57 PM

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Originally Posted by Lowerumble
That is some really nice work. I would buy those.

That's for the compliment !

Olsen185 07-11-2013 11:07 PM

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Originally Posted by repauli1 (Post 3953025)
A modified gate latch, will post before and after pic tmrw.

Nice, thanks. Including the bender, how much do you have into the project? To buy tube doors for a 4 door it is about $600 or so.

zx6r 07-11-2013 11:15 PM

very nice!!!

PHILDABEAST 07-11-2013 11:45 PM

So.....when do you start taking orders?
Nice job, those turned out awesome!

Jlho1980 07-12-2013 05:31 AM

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Originally Posted by repauli1 (Post 3951998)
Completed!

Yes, please.

repauli1 07-12-2013 08:07 AM

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Originally Posted by Olsen185

Nice, thanks. Including the bender, how much do you have into the project? To buy tube doors for a 4 door it is about $600 or so.

It costs 99 plus tax for bender, 8 bucks apiece for latches, $15 for hinge material, and $140 for pipe. Ohhh and $22 for bedliner paint. Figure another $15 in gas&wire for mig, and $20 in grinding wheels.
When I make the back door about another $150 should do it

Key here you said TUBE doors, these are 3/16" thick PIPE doors, much stronger.

SirRyan 07-12-2013 08:16 AM

Look awesome! Wanna make me a set? ;)

Matador 07-12-2013 09:09 AM

I agree with everyone else, that door looks awesome and the fact that you made it yourself and its made of thicker piping is even better. With that said, I just want to offer a suggestion. I love the top curve but I'm thinking that it would look better if you took it further up and followed the contour of the dash. That would put you up high enough to mount a plate for a mirror.
http://images2.snapfish.com/23232323...A4863349nu0mrj

With mirror mounted.
http://images3a.snapfish.com/2323232...3B843349nu0mrj

Scott2373 07-12-2013 09:56 AM

VERY nice work! I would buy those as well!

igivup 07-12-2013 10:20 AM

Nice job. I did buy a set of these, from Roughshod Offroad a few years ago. I love them.
They are quite unique, and well built.

mrbullitt 07-12-2013 12:23 PM

Those look Awesome! I like how the center bars curve outwards for more protection. Great work!


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