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    Re: Yet another bucket-mod thread

    Just a quick update: after leaving my bucket out in the rain for a while, I noticed rust dripping from under the plate. I decided the best thing to do was to go ahead and stitch weld around the whole...
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    Re: Yet another bucket-mod thread

    I got some use out of the hooks today. The attached photos show one of the main intended uses of the hooks: moving the walls that I use to turn my utility trailer into a makeshift livestock trailer...
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    Re: Yet another bucket-mod thread

    Thanks for the compliment. Those first beads were pretty bad, and I'm glad I went back and ground them out. I still have a lot of practice to do with 6011, but as long as 7018 keeps working for me, I...
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    Re: Yet another bucket-mod thread

    All done! Just need to paint it up and take some final pics. I have got to remember the way that welds cool. The receiver tube is cocked just a few degrees to one side because I welded one side up...
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    Re: Yet another bucket-mod thread

    Thanks, James and Gary. I think that first pic on the left is one of the better beads I've ever run. I'm right proud of it. The fact that that one was better than the others is more luck than skill,...
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    Re: Yet another bucket-mod thread

    Here's a few photos from today's work. After grinding out nearly all of the 6011 welds and going over with 7018, I am adding a 2nd and 3rd pass, building up weld in the joint. I also welded the sides...
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    Re: Yet another bucket-mod thread

    You can say that again! Sheesh.
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    Re: Yet another bucket-mod thread

    Gary: Funny you should say that. I decided that "good enough" wasn't good enough, so I started grinding the welds mostly off and going back with 1/8" 7018. Here are some pics.
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    Re: Yet another bucket-mod thread

    Here are the pics.

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    Re: Yet another bucket-mod thread

    Oh, another thing I learned: tip the hook slightly away from the direction of the first tack welds, so that when they cool, they pull it perpendicular. Otherwise, they will pull it out of true.
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    Re: Yet another bucket-mod thread

    I got the plate and the hooks welded on tonight. No pics because it's dark, but I'll get you some tomorrow. Here are some thoughts...

    I really came to appreciate 6011 on this project. There have...
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    Re: Yet another bucket-mod thread

    Took a run down to the scrap-yard today. After considering all my options and priorities, I decided to go with the flat stock on top of the bucket after all. Cosmetics aside, it'll just be a much...
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    Re: Yet another bucket-mod thread

    Cool. I will see what I can source. Not being focused on getting exactly one specific thing makes it a lot easier to find stuff at the scrap-yard that will work. I ran by the hardware store this...
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    Re: Yet another bucket-mod thread

    I've got the hooks and the receiver tube now. Thanks to Ken at Ken's Bolt on Grab Hooks (a TBN member!) for setting me up with the hooks. He sells weld-on hooks too!

    Only thing left is to decide...
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    Re: Yet another bucket-mod thread

    I just went and re-measured. I was right when I said 1/16" more than 1/8". I was wrong when I said 5/16". It's 3/16". Moral of the story: I stink at fractions. Looks like I'll be reinforcing the...
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    Re: Yet another bucket-mod thread

    I just went and re-measured. I was right when I said 1/16" more than 1/8". I was wrong when I said 5/16". It's 3/16". Moral of the story: I stink at fractions.
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    Re: Yet another bucket-mod thread

    Well, when you put it that way... :thumbsup:
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    The cherry on top is the mount for the clevis...

    The cherry on top is the mount for the clevis sticking out, adding leverage unnecessarily.
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    Re: Yet another bucket-mod thread

    Dadgumit. No matter how much I work with fractional SI units, I still make dumb mistakes like that. I would blame it on the fractions, but I recently mis-remembered 0.012 amps as 0.12 amps, with much...
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    Re: Yet another bucket-mod thread

    My neighbor doesn't have a loader, but he has a hitch on the front of his tractor and regularly drives a trailer around going forward with the tractor and backwards with the trailer. I know that...
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    Re: Yet another bucket-mod thread

    That's nice work!
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    Re: Yet another bucket-mod thread

    I appreciate the tip, Gary. As frivolous as it sounds, I really like the idea of maintaining the original look of the bucket! The bucket does not have a piece of rectangular tubing under the lip....
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    Re: Yet another bucket-mod thread

    You know, you're right. And the kicker here is that I just realized that my bucket is black. I know that sounds dumb, but in my head, it was an off-black gray color that I thought would bug me if...
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    Re: Yet another bucket-mod thread

    What's your thinking there? Mine was just the aesthetic of having the hooks in line with the loader arms.

    When all was said and done, how did you handle re-painting your bucket? The added parts...
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    Re: Yet another bucket-mod thread

    Right, right. Sorry I wasn't more clear. I didn't mean it was a non-standard size, just that most buckets in this size range are made from 1/8", and that's what i would expect.



    Channel, huh? I...
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    Yet another bucket-mod thread

    I have reviewed all the other bucket mod threads I could find, and I've decided that I am going to put hooks and a 2" hitch receiver on my bucket. I'd like to get some input on the best way to...
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