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#572174 - July 03rd 2012 1:04 am Re: Installing custom Bull Bar/ Brackets/ Tow Hooks [Re: Vanther]
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Registered: May 10th 2010 11:33 pm
Posts: 207
Loc: Spokane, WA USA
Here is the final bolt insert showing the clearance of the main D ring pin.



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#572310 - July 03rd 2012 5:38 pm Re: Installing custom Bull Bar/ Brackets/ Tow Hooks [Re: Vanther]
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Registered: July 28th 2003 12:00 pm
Posts: 819
Loc: N.C.
Nice project you have going there! I happen to be fan of A- Team vans (done right). The new movie version is pretty sweet. I hope everything turns out like you want. Good luck with it, and hope to see it when it's done.
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#574968 - July 19th 2012 10:01 pm Re: Installing custom Bull Bar/ Brackets/ Tow Hooks [Re: X-MAN]
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Registered: May 10th 2010 11:33 pm
Posts: 207
Loc: Spokane, WA USA
So I just got the winch wired up. Ran 4 gauge wiring all to the interior for a remote battery.

So, I have a heavy duty isolator to separate the starting battery and the remote deep cycle gel cell battery (150 cold cranking amps).

So now I will run the aux wiring from the remote battery to the roof light bar, and the front two pairs of driving/fog lamps.

For the winch, I brought the switch inside the dash up to the left side air vent - and I'll just make a little plate to control from inside for the convenience.

Wiring up remote switch later for keychain use.

Pics soon!
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#578956 - August 14th 2012 3:29 am Re: Installing custom Bull Bar/ Brackets/ Tow Hooks [Re: Vanther]
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Registered: May 10th 2010 11:33 pm
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Loc: Spokane, WA USA
Picked up the bumpers this weekend, had everything all finished up in a gloss powdercoat black. It looks amazing.

Just bolted everything back on with new stainless hardware, gave the van a nice sunny wash, and finished bolting all the brackets, hooks, fairlead, hook, and lights on.

Im perfectly happy that after all this time (1 year 3 months) it is finally finished. Took a lot of a lot. Time, work, money, everything- but it turned out just how I wanted and the first time I hit the store with her black and sassy, people were asking me about it and complimenting how nice the van looked.

Here are some pictures of the finished piece...

















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#578979 - August 14th 2012 9:36 am Re: Installing custom Bull Bar/ Brackets/ Tow Hooks [Re: Vanther]
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Registered: December 17th 2003 12:00 pm
Posts: 1819
Loc: Calgary Alberta. Canada
Wow, that looks great. May have took some time but well worth it.
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#579077 - August 15th 2012 12:36 am Re: Installing custom Bull Bar/ Brackets/ Tow Hooks [Re: Vanther]
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Registered: May 24th 2006 12:00 pm
Posts: 2250
Loc: puyallup,wa
looks great. now you just cruise it around and enjoy. I've been working on my van for over 3 years now and still not finished so I think you got it done pretty quickly.

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#579120 - August 15th 2012 10:18 am Re: Installing custom Bull Bar/ Brackets/ Tow Hooks [Re: Vanther]
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Registered: September 10th 2009 9:14 pm
Posts: 1016
Loc: Bristol, TN
It's cool that you are going to the lengths necessary to make an accurate copy. I like the A-Team van but I hate to see lame copies. Keep up the good work.
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#579257 - August 16th 2012 3:56 am Re: Installing custom Bull Bar/ Brackets/ Tow Hooks [Re: Vanther]
Vanther Offline
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Registered: May 10th 2010 11:33 pm
Posts: 207
Loc: Spokane, WA USA
I do too. I am not deviating from anything in the slightest, and any I do, I think I will be one of the few to know.

Im trying to think of the cost because Its been a while doing this whole project:

Bull Bar/Winch Mount Fab- 550
Winch- 260
Hook- 100 (25 +75 for Chrome)
Tow Rings: 100
Bumper Inserts- 85
Powdercoating- 225
Machining work- 110
Hardware- 95
Fairlead- 40
KC Slimlites- 220


Grand Total of $1785.00

Maybe next time it will be cheaper with my own shop and machining tools.
Still have to hook up the lights, and polish it up a bit, but that and the rear bumper are all done now.
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#579258 - August 16th 2012 4:00 am Re: Installing custom Bull Bar/ Brackets/ Tow Hooks [Re: Vanther]
Vanther Offline
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Registered: May 10th 2010 11:33 pm
Posts: 207
Loc: Spokane, WA USA
I also just ordered my custom license plates:

Vanther...

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#579364 - August 16th 2012 7:35 pm Re: Installing custom Bull Bar/ Brackets/ Tow Hooks [Re: Vanther]
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Registered: November 01st 2011 4:11 pm
Posts: 3747
Loc: Grand Bay NB
BEAUTY!!!!!! cool

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