Cool uses for take off parts

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I removed these hooks from my front bumper before I tossed them...
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I am constantly jacking up the front/rear of my rig ... jack stands / floor jack works but is pain to lift the wheels one at a time ( I prefer not to lift the front/rear by the pumpkin) .. so I bought a floor jack crossbeam... took the hooks and came up with this adapter that allows me to quickly lift front or rear:

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I use my angle grinders a lot !!.. sparks burn my hands even with heavy gloves... so... I took a heat shield I removed from the front of the axle arm and reused it as a hand shield...



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BTW... the idea is that you also post cool uses for take-off parts :)
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I knew there was a reason I didn't toss my tow hooks. It so happens that I just bought one of those crossbeams. I haven't had a chance to try it out yet. Now I'm already thinking of modifying it.

You've also got me thinking about what to do with those coil springs I saved.
 

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I knew there was a reason I didn't toss my tow hooks. It so happens that I just bought one of those crossbeams. I haven't had a chance to try it out yet. Now I'm already thinking of modifying it.

You've also got me thinking about what to do with those coil springs I saved.
I would love to find something to do with my oem springs. Nobody wants to take them off my hands and I can't throw good steal away.
 

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I would love to find something to do with my oem springs. Nobody wants to take them off my hands and I can't throw good steal away.
I eventually took them to a metal scrapper. Got 7 bucks out of that, my old front bumper and the old brush guard that damaged my grille. Better than nothing and the steel gets recycled.
 

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I would love to find something to do with my oem springs. Nobody wants to take them off my hands and I can't throw good steal away.
If there are any high school shop classes left in your part of the world. I am sure the teacher would love to have some more steel for the kids to play with.
 

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I would love to find something to do with my oem springs. Nobody wants to take them off my hands and I can't throw good steal away.
That's why I have stuff like half of a single leaf truck spring. It's close to 1" thick, significantly curved, and I'd guess about 3" wide. A lot of good spring steel there. I couldn't leave it laying on the side of the road, but now I've had that thing for probably 10 years. Probably five years into picking up this steel, I got a forge and anvil. I can finally do something with it, I told myself. Yeah, but not really. It's a LOT of steel to heat up, and it's not in a shape that is anywhere close to useful. How many hours am I willing to spend heating and beating this free steel? Not that many hours, it turns out.

Now I'm saving it in case I come up with a need to mill something out of a thick chunk of steel. I'm sure if I do, I will discover that it's hard as hell, even after I try to anneal it, and it will eat tool bits and send wicked sharp, red hot little corkscrews everywhere. That's what happened when I finally machined a flat top on an old piece of railroad track I picked up. Oh, I finally got it flat, but I ruined a pair of boots walking through the shop. There were so many metal slivers embedded in the soles that I was chewing up the hardwood floors walking through the house. Boots relegated to weed eater duty only. New boots purchased. I killed like 12 carbide inserts on that job. For what? Well, I have a piece of railroad track with a flat top now, and I haven't really used it for anything.

The springs are in the same kind of territory. Sure, I can straighten them, but then make what? I can't think of anything I want to make badly enough to do that much work, but taking $5 or whatever for the steel is an insult to the forge gods, so I will keep the springs another 10 years. :CWL:
 

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