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Old 05-07-2014, 04:23 AM
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Bad Habit all dressed up for a night on the town

I just completed the off-road lights, red neon underbody lights, 6" oval Raptor polished SS step bars, DVD stereo system with rear view camera installations. I designed and fabricated the step bar mounts from 1/4 SS, they bolt to the frame. I designed and fabricated the light bar from 11 ga and 14 ga SS. The light bar is bolted to clips that are welded onto the top of the roll bar.























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Old 05-07-2014, 07:08 AM
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Thanks Chad,nice detail.The mercedes rides buy ,but they turn heads for that.Your steps are sweet.Did you fab the brackets?A real nice set up.Well thought out.
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Old 05-07-2014, 09:50 AM
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Very nice, and I to like the steps. I need to make up some for my 76.
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Old 05-07-2014, 12:41 PM
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Thanks Chad,nice detail.The mercedes rides buy ,but they turn heads for that.Your steps are sweet.Did you fab the brackets?A real nice set up.Well thought out.
I did design and fabricate the step mounts and the light bar, I am a sheet metal designer/programmer. We have three lasers, 1 turret punch and 5 brake presses.
Below are pictures of the models and drawings that were created for these two designs.








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Old 05-08-2014, 12:35 AM
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You do realize those 3" lift blocks under the front-end are an accident waiting to happen, don't you?
I seen this and my eyes bugged outta my head. Seriously get some new leaf springs for that truck!! The forces on the front axle WILL eventually stretch the ubolts and spit the blocks out at an inopportune time which may or may not cause an accident. For the safety of you and your family, get some new springs.

Honestly I've used 1" blocks on the front of my old mud bogging truck but they were stitch welded to the axle.
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Old 05-08-2014, 01:19 AM
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Nice job, especially impressed with the step brackets
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Old 05-08-2014, 05:02 AM
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I seen this and my eyes bugged outta my head. Seriously get some new leaf springs for that truck!! The forces on the front axle WILL eventually stretch the ubolts and spit the blocks out at an inopportune time which may or may not cause an accident. For the safety of you and your family, get some new springs.

Honestly I've used 1" blocks on the front of my old mud bogging truck but they were stitch welded to the axle.
Thank you for your concerns and recommendation. I should reassure you and WillyWonka that I just purchased this truck and that I just pulled this truck out of storage for the winter a couple of weeks ago to do these step bar, light bar and stereo/dvd installations. I have approximately 40 miles that I personally have driven this truck since I have had it. Here is my introduction; it has the story behind my "Bad Habit" http://www.ford-trucks.com/forums/12...roduction.html
I will look into the front axle lift mounts soon. No more than I will be driving this truck, I will check the u-bolts regularly for now.<ST1</ST1<O</O
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Beautiful truck, please get rid of those blocks ASAP! Lift leaf springs are relatively cheap. I wouldn't drive out of the neighborhood like that. A lot of people poo poo rear blocks.....I have run them in rear for 40 years(light off road and DD) and had zero issues, FRONT blocks are a totally different story, more stress, load, etc

Again, I love your truck, just that front blocks are dangerous.
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great looking truck!
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Nice looking truck. No fault of yours that it has the front blocks. Heck, if it weren't for this thread I wouldn't have known front blocks = very bad. Me = noob sometimes.

Access to CAD programs and machinery is a huge help in designing stuff. I have the cad part but no manufacturing machines (have to do it in the garage or farm it out).

Are those letters on the tailgate chrome?
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Nice looking truck. No fault of yours that it has the front blocks. Heck, if it weren't for this thread I wouldn't have known front blocks = very bad. Me = noob sometimes.

Access to CAD programs and machinery is a huge help in designing stuff. I have the cad part but no manufacturing machines (have to do it in the garage or farm it out).

Are those letters on the tailgate chrome?
The tailgate "Ford" letters are air brushed the same as "Bad Habit" on front visor. We have an amassing airbrush/pianter here in the Akron, Ohio area. He actually painted this truck back in the late 1980's. That is a 25+ year old paint that has beed in a garage for the last 25+ years. You can click the Bad Habit Story link in my signature for the history of this truck. It was named in the late 1980's, well before the Monster Truck Bad Habit come around I believe.
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Beautiful paint and detail work! Is that a chromed drive shaft I see?
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Beautiful paint and detail work! Is that a chromed drive shaft I see?
There's two chromed drive shafts, front and back.

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Love the truck and really impressed with your custom fabricated brackets. The only part that doesn't work for me are the lights on the rear bumper, not that it means squat to anyone else LOL. Glad to see the truck saved and appreciated.
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That's a cool truck. Very nice job on the brackets. If you were to make another set of step bar brackets, what would you sell them for? Just curious
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