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    Looking to brake some 1/4" plate. Trade for beer or...

    Hi all,

    I'll be welding up a custom gas tank for my stretched CJ5 soon. I want to make the bottom and rear out of a single piece of bent 1/4" hot rolled plate probably 33" wide. I'd like to make the other sides and top out of 14 or 16 ga.

    Does anybody have a brake they'd kindly let me use in trade for beer or some 2016 cow elk (harvested and butchered by yours truely) or something else? I wouldn't need/want to borrow the brake, just use it at your place. I have approx. 11 bends to make in all.

    thanks,

    Daniel
    Cheers!

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    A brake that will bend 1/4" plate at 33" wide is pretty large (40 ton or better if I remember correctly). Not something that is in most peoples shop. Reno Salvage might be able to do it for you but that is getting large for them too.

    Plus a piece of 1/4" plate, even if only used for the bottom and sides is going to be pretty darn heavy. Something maybe just shy of 100# depending on actual dimensions. That is empty without a top.

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    Just cut it and weld it, but I would not use 1/4" plate, to thick and heavy.
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    Thanks for the input guys. That shows my ignorance of what kind of force it takes to bend plate.

    i don't plan on running a skid plate with the tank hence the 1/4" bottom.

    You guys think I can drag 3/16" down a trail without worry?
    Cheers!

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    I would not do that. It's GOING to get dragged on the rocks, therefore your gas tank should not be a wearable surface, only a matter of time you rub a hole in it, or the weld starts splitting from abuse. Also, what are you going to do to prevent corrosion inside the steel tank?

    Build an aluminum (or plastic) tank, with a separate skid plate.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AlpineCJ5 View Post
    Thanks for the input guys. That shows my ignorance of what kind of force it takes to bend plate.

    i don't plan on running a skid plate with the tank hence the 1/4" bottom.

    You guys think I can drag 3/16" down a trail without worry?
    You are going to be hard pressed to find anyone with a garage brake that will even bend 16 ga nicely. My shop has a hydro pressbrake that can bend 1/4" but we would have to do it for you and there are a lot of constraints to what you can and can't do. Honestly 1/4" or even 3/16" is over kill.
    Quote Originally Posted by BIG BLUE View Post
    Thats hysterical....whoa and I thought I was the master of booty fab. I feel like such an amateur. Its not even even...no way that can be real.

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    I plan to use POR 15 gas tank sealer after a good cleaning and phosphoric acid etch.

    so the consensus is: a gas tank, even one made with a 1/4" thick bottom, should not be made for dragging on rocks. Instead, a thinner material gas tank should be made and a skid plate should be used. I can do that.
    Cheers!

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    Reno salvage can bend it. I had them bend my skid plate.

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    Good to hear! Do you remember what they charge? I doubt I can just bring a case of beer by. Haha.
    Cheers!

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    If you plasma cut the bends, leave a bit (1/4 inch) on each end. Clamp it to the table and bend with ease. Kinda like those diy bumpers. Of course you have to weld the seam to.

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    I saw a guy do that on a video at the king of hammers with some mounting tabs. Not a bad idea! I'd have to cut them out with an angle grinder, but same diff.
    Cheers!

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    Davis co off of 4th street can, I think they want like 10$/bend or something. Theres a vendor on here that can but not sure if he has time or will do bends for others, or what hed charge. @relentlessfabrication

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    We have a CNC 10ft 110 ton brake, I can bend up to about 6-7ft of 1/4", full 10ft of 3/16" or less.
    Quite busy, but if you don't need it on the spot I'm sure we could work out a few bends within a week. $10/bend for 6 or less bends, or shop rate @$85/hr if theres more than that. We can usually dial in a bend and get it spot on within 5 minutes, repeat bends of the same angle are done in seconds.
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    Very cool. I plan on designing the whole thing in CAD first. Since your bender is CNC, is there a specific file type I can supply that would make the process easier?
    Cheers!

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