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Rutdigger: Tire Basket Rack

Ok for this project I needed a shoe/die for my bender to be able to bend square tubing. I used an idea from a member on the Gay-of-Life network and modified it just a smidge. Once I had the new die made I did a test run and was tickled pink that it worked as good as it did. Here is the pic of the shoe/die for my bender. I made it to bend 1" square tubing and later added shims to be able to bend .75" square tubing:







Test bend on the tubing:







So, I started with the supports for the basket. I made these out of 14 Gauge tubing and put 10 degree bends to recess the support into the unused space of the tire carrier. This will allow it to close properly at the bottom. It’s important to note here that this a weld on project. You will not be able to remove it with this design. I think I may add a disconnect soon though:








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Continued:

Bent the basket frame:



Began adding all the little supports between the upper and lower rails:



Welded together:



Test fit. Still need to trim some metal:





More progress. Fit complete, welded in place:





Tire support bumpers added and beginning to prime for paint:




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Continued:

Completed and installed:






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