A buddy recently gave me his rear bumper off of his E350 when he upgraded to an Aluminess bumper and box. I really like the Aluminess setup, but, I like building instead of buying when I can, and, I now had this bumper to play with.
Here it is with the locating holes for my reverse sensors drilled
I added reverse lights, welded in the spare tire crank access hole, and trailer spindles for the swing arms. Painting the bumper with bed liner paint.
Next was to start welding a spare tire carrier
With that complete I built a swing arm on the passenger side to be completed after I decided what to do for a box. I used some rotary latches to hold the arms closed, and added bungs for pin locks.
After much internal debate, I pulled the trigger on two under body boxes, building a bracket and stacking them on it.
I wasn't too fond of the aluminum boxes, so I painted them with John Deere Blitz Black. Sorry for the orientation, this forum doesn't seem to like the portrait format.
Finding inspiration in building the swing arms, and selling my stock front bumper to another buddy. I started working on building a front bumper from scratch.
Still have a ways to go on the front bumper, and not 100% sure I like it, I'm tempted to rip it apart and start over. But its been a fun exercise for a guy with just a dream, a die grinder and a HF wire feed welder.
BTW, those reverse sensors worked great... until I added the spare and the boxes. Now they trigger immediately.