ORP 053 - Fabrication


Forrest Ben and Steve interview a listener about his ride and talk about basic fabrication tools and skills. Off road podcast episode 53

On this show we cover all things off road whether you're looking for some Sunday jaunts on some fire roads or some hard core rock crawling we will cover it all. I'm your host Forrest and joining me are my fellow co hosts Steve and Ben. How are you guys today. Also in the house today is our resident jared Has anyone done anything off road this week: Steve

Ben:  4x4 open house and BBQ followed by killing my exhaust manifold on the way home


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Listener feedback:/ listener ride Jared’s ride

what is your ride

how many miles are on it

are there any modifications

how did you get into wheeling

best stuck story or embarrassing moment

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Main Topic: Fabrication

• basics of fabrication - always wear safety gear - gloves - glasses - coveralls or appropriate gear - hearing protection

  • fiberglass welding blanket

tools used for the job - welder - cutting torch - grinders/cutoff - benders /notcher - tape measure=best friend

  • duct tape
  • cardboard
  • square

skills used for the job - welding - use of different equipment / types of welders/ stick welders? Arc welder is stick mixed with gases or not right, good for fabrication?

it's what father inlaw and old timers used use two battery's linked and can do stick weld on trail with jumpers - mechanical experience - knowledge of materials needed

  • Internet resources with free educational info



Lincoln YouTube university

local community college / night class though high school

  • materials and plan - have a plan bought or drawn up yourself - plan for materials to order or buy - what's your idea of your finished product rock bouncer sand buggy etc


ORP 036 - I Need More Fabrication!

Intro:  Welcome to the Off Road Podcast!!  I am your host Greg and joining me is Jeff. In this podcast we’ll cover all things offroad.  Whether you're looking for Sunday jaunts on some fire roads or hard core rock crawling, we will cover it all.

Episode 36!!!

What did you do this week?

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Listener Feedback:

Hi Guys,

I really enjoy the show.

Hearing you joke about using aluminum parts so you could repair by welding beer cans made me really crack up. It reminded me of a welding story of my own.. I was going to weld steering dampeners on some motorcycles for some CRA racers. We did this at the one guys girlfriends house. I was in the garage clearing lines and wires away from the weld area, and grinding off the paint while the one guy was finding some steel we could use for the frame brackets. He brought in the pieces, I formed them and welded them on the  bikes. When finished I walked outside and there was a 4 year old kid looking at his tricycle that was cut into pieces in the yard. I guess some people have messed up priorities.

Love the show, Thanx for doing it.


Hey Greg and Jeff,

Thanks for the birthday shoutout. It was an exciting surprise to me. Happy belated birthday to you Jeff. I found the podcast on your episode 31 about King of the hammers. I have since gone back and listened to all of your episodes. I have enjoyed them all and will look forward to new shows each week. The 1966 chevy pick up that my wife referenced last week is 4 wheel drive. I bought it when I was 16 and have loved it ever since. It has seen a lot of off road miles over the years. I completely tore it down to a rolling chassis last summer and am in the middle of restoring it right now. This will be my focus for the next year or so, seeing as I already have about 90 % of the stuff I need to finish it. I bought my current wheeler (89 jeep cherokee on 35's and a long arm suspension) because it was cheap and already built. I could pay cash and be done with it, because I knew I wanted to start my truck. HaHa.(that was 2.5 years ago) I then had to install a locker in the front and build a custom heim jointed cross over steering for it.  My wife finally said "What about the truck?" (she's a real good woman, isn't she?) So any way, I'm working on my truck, but have already started gathering parts for a point and shoot juggy. I have taken some night classes at my local applied technology college and earned some low level mig welding certs. I have a 300 amp mig welder, but very little experience in custom fabrication. I know you have said your dad did all your welding when you were young, but any experience or pointers that you have learned over the years would be greatly appreciated. Any good how to books you have come across? Could you dedicate a whole episode to this aspect of off roading? Thank you for your time and effort with the show.


P.S. I am also pro 2nd amendment and will be checking out tactical paradise:)

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